The Wipers Times is a touchingly poignant, gentle but funny show which successfully shows how laughter helped one group of soldiers get through the war – without diminishing the impact WWI had on them and the world as a whole.
As the centenary commemorations of World War I draw to a close it seems fitting that Nick Newman and Ian Hislop’s The Wipers Times returns to the Arts Theatre.
Despite a lack of connection, The Wipers Times celebrates a great, previously untold story, about war, journalism, tenacity, and the need for humour in difficult times.
Caroline Leslie’s direction allows for scenes to seamlessly alternate between that of military attack to a music-hall comedy sketch.
Following a sold-out UK tour in 2016, and a fast-selling limited season in the West End – currently playing until 13 May 2017 at the Arts Theatre –the producers of The Wipers Times are pleased to announce that the production will once again tour the UK this autumn.
Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s stage version of their more realistic television play screened by the BBC in 2013 neatly captures their schoolboy humour but is just a bit too schoolboyish in its execution.
Following a sold-out UK tour, The Wipers Times, Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s comedy based on their World War I documentary, transfers to the West End for a season at the Arts Theatre, with performances from Tuesday 21 March to Saturday 13 May 2017.
There is greatness in joking at the mouth of Hell; especially if those jokes are part of comradeship, a gift to those alongside. A hundred years ago in the ruins of Ypres, a weary, dusty group of the 24th Sherwood Foresters were scavenging for things to shore up the battered trenches, and chanced upon a hand-fed printing machine and some trays of type.