The Wipers TimesDuration 1h50

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

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s The Wipers Times - a stage adaptation of their award-winning film - tells the true and 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.

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.

The production takes place one hundred years after the Battle of the Somme and publication of The Wipers Times.

The cast includes Kevin Brewer (Henderson), James Dutton (Roberts), George Kemp (Pearson), Jake Morgan (Barnes) and Dan Tetsell (General Mitford). The Wipers Times is directed by Caroline Leslie.

Cast & Creatives

Cast
Kevin Brewer, James Dutton, George Kemp, Jake Morgan, Dan Tetsell
Author
Ian Hislop & Nick Newman
Director
Caroline Leslie
Music by
Nick Green
Lighting Designer
James Smith
Sound
Steve Mayo

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Arts Theatre

Address
Great Newport Street,London,United Kingdom,WC2H 7JB
Telephone
020 7836 8463
Official site
artstheatrewestend.co.uk/
Nearest tube
Leicester Square (50m)
Nearest bus
24, 29, 176
Nearest train
Charing Cross
Parking

Westminter City Council car park at China Town. NCP at Upper St Martin's Lane. Very limited metered parking available in surrounding streets- free after 6.30pm.

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Access information

How to book
Tel: 020 7836 8463
Discounts
Available for wheelchair/scooter users and their companions.
Limited mobility
Seats B1 and B16 in the Circle and A1, A14, B1, B16 & 17, C18 and BB1 & 2 in the Stalls offer the best leg room.
Access description
Access to main entrance via a slight ramp and through double doors. Box office counter is straight ahead. 19 steps down to the Stalls to the right of the box office and 5 steps up to the Circle to the left of it. Venue carpeted throughout, stairs are highlighted with handrails on either side.
Hearing impaired
None at present
Guide dogs policy
2 guide dogs allowed into auditorium. Staff are also happy to dog sit.
Wheelchairs
Entrance to the auditorium via double fire EXIT doors to the left of the main entrance. Long, slightly sloped corridor with handrail on one side takes one to the back of the Circle. 1 space for wheelchair/scooter user in the back of the Circle. Transfer seating for either 2 wheelchairs or 1 scooter user to an aisle seat - please ask when booking.
Toilets
No steps to men's and women's in the Stalls- the cubicles are very narrow.
Disabled toilets
Very large cubicle with some adapted toilet facilities at the back of Circle. Fully adapted toilet planned during refurbishment in 2005.
Bars
Bar located inside the foyer, the counter is to the left (1.2m high) with low moveable seating in the centre. Bar with moveable seating also at Stalls level. Drinks may be brought to disabled customers in the auditorium.
This venue accepts Theatre Tokens