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A Trademark Touring and Watermill Theatre Production

by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman

Based on a true story

Fri 28 Sep 2018 - Sat 01 Dec 2018

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s The Wipers Times tells the true and extraordinary story of a satirical newspaper created in the mud and mayhem of the Great War. Following a sell-out West End run and an appearance at the Passchendaele Centenary in Ypres, The Wipers Times begins an eleven week national tour from 12th September 2017.
In a bombed out building during the First World War in the Belgian town of Ypres (mis-pronounced 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 front line.

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.

28 August - 1 September
NOTTINGHAM, Theatre Royal
Box Office 0115 9895555
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3-8 September
OXFORD, Playhouse
Box Office 01865 305305
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10-15 September
EXETER, Northcott Theatre
Box Office 01392 726363
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17-22 September
MALVERN, Festival Theatre
Box Office 01684 892277
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24-29 September
Leicester Curve
Box Office 0116 2423595 
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1-6 October
EASTBOURNE, Devonshire Park Theatre
Box Office 01323 412000
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8-13 October
Box Office 0121 2364455 
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16 October - 1 December
LONDON, Arts Theatre
Box Office 020 78636 8463
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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