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A Trademark Touring and Watermill Theatre Production

by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman

Based on a true story

Tue 12 Sep 2017 - Sat 18 Nov 2017

“The war is not funny, Sir.” Colonel Howfield

“I’ve a feeling that may be the point.” General Mitford

The Wipers Times is a stage adaptation of the award-winning BBC film by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman. It tells the extraordinary story of the satirical newspaper created in the mud and mayhem of the Somme, interspersed with comic sketches and spoofs from the vivid imagination of those on the front line.

Following a sell-out tour and West End run at the Arts Theatre in London, The Wipers Times tours the UK this Autumn.

In a bombed out building during the First World War in the Belgian town of Ypres (mispronounced Wipers by British soldiers), two officers discover a printing press and create a newspaper for the troops. Far from being a sombre journal about life in the trenches they produced a resolutely cheerful, subversive and very funny newspaper designed to lift the spirits of the men on the frontline.
Defying enemy bombardment, gas attacks and the disapproval of many of the top Brass, The Wipers Times rolled off the press for two years and was an extraordinary tribute to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity.

12-16 September
CARDIFF New Theatre
Box office 029 2087 8889
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18-23 September
OXFORD Playhouse
Box office 01865 305305
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26-30 September
Box office 0844 871 7651
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2-7 October
NEWCASTLE Northern Stage
Box office 0191 230 5151
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9-14 October
SOUTHEND Palace Theatre
Box office 01702 351135
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16-21 October
GUILDFORD, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
Box office 01483 440000
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23-28 October
Box office 01722 320333
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31 October - 4 November
Box office 0844 871 3018
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7-11 November
GLASGOW Theatre Royal
Box office 0844 871 7647
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13-18 November
CHELTENHAM Everyman Theatre
Box office 01242 572573
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Directed by Caroline Leslie
Designed by Dora Schweitzer
Lighting designed by James Smith
Sound designed by Steve Mayo
Composer Nick Green
Musical Director Paul Herbert