The Wipers Times - Arts Theatre

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Venue Information
Arts Theatre

Arts Theatre
6-7 Great Newport Street
London
London
WC2H 7JB

Seating Plan

Directions

Directions
(2mins) Take Cranbourn Street away from Leicester Square up to Great Newport Street on your left, where you can see the theatre.

The Wipers Times

Age Restriction: Recommended for ages 12+.

Audiences will have the opportunity to witness something both humorous and powerful at the Arts Theatre in 2017 as the First World War is revisited in this satirical play The Wipers Times.

Kevin Brewer, James Dutton, George Kemp, Jake Morgan and Dan Tetsell lead the way onstage, whilst writing duties fall upon Private Eye editor Ian Hislop and satirist Nick Newman. So with an impressive cast and creative team, this is bound to attract eager attention from fans, with many adding it their ‘must see’ list.

The unusual title of the show relates to the town and the name of the satirical newspaper set up by soldiers in Belgium during the First World War. The town is Ypres (mispronounced as Wipers) and the British soldiers decide to put together their newspaper after happening upon a printing press, battling against the odds to keep it going.

The show started out life as a BBC film and this stage show was also seen in a tour of the UK prior to its West End run, so it is a test story that has already proven itself with audiences.

The First World War has been in the spotlight a lot since 2014, which marked the 100th anniversary of the start of the war. These centenary occasions will continue until 2018 when the end of the war will be a century ago, but along the way more milestones will be reached, with this show appearing 100 years since the real Wipers Times was published.

And a story with this satirical edge is right at home in the company of writers Ian Hislop and Nick Newman. Audiences will know the former for his appearances on Have I Got News For You and for editing Private Eye, though Hislop has enjoyed a career away from those as well as a writer and broadcaster, making him a familiar name to many across the UK.

So it is safe to say that this will be an unmissable show in London’s West End. The Wipers Times offers levity, historical drama and a fitting tribute all in one package.

The production is set to run at the West End’s Arts Theatre from Monday 27th March 2017 (previews from Tuesday 21st March 2017).

Show Information
Booking From: Thursday, 11th May 2017
Booking Until: Thursday, 11th May 2017
Running Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Age Restriction: Recommended for ages 12+.
Show Status: production_closed
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