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The Wipers Times

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s The Wipers Times tells the true and extraordinary story of the satirical newspaper created in the mud and mayhem of the Somme. Following a sell-out season, The Wipers Times returns to the West End.

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.

★★★★ “Laugh a minute” Mail on Sunday

★★★★ “Remarkable forerunner to Private Eye” Daily Telegraph

★★★★ “Even – perhaps especially – at its silliest, the play has a respect for its subject matter that is deadly serious and decidedly affecting” The Times

★★★★★ “Quite magnificent” Libby Purves, TheatreCat

★★★★★ “Wonderfully theatrical” WhatsonStage

Access Information

For all enquiries and access bookings please call 020 7836 8463 or email


Arts Theatre, Great Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JB

Cancellation Policy

No exchanges or refunds.


Duration: Two hours & 10 minutes (including interval)

How Does It Work

You will receive an email confirmation, please print and present on arrival at the venue box office.

Suitable For Children

Age recommendation: 12+

Performance Times

Tuesday 16 October - Saturday 01 December 2018

Monday - Saturday Evenings: 7.30pm

Thursday & Saturday Matinee: 2.30pm

No performances on Monday 05 & Monday 12 November

Additional matinee at 2.30pm on Wednesday 14 November

Previews until 18 October

Where Do I Go

6-7 Great Newport Street

London, WC2H7JB

Arts Theatre

Arts Theatre, Great Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JB