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The Wipers Times


Running time: 2 hours 15 mins inc interval

The Wipers Times

A Trademark Touring and Watermill Theatre production 
By Ian Hislop and Nick Newman

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. The Wipers Times is coming to Cheltenham direct from 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.

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 resillience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity.

There will be a Q&A session with Ian Hislop and Nick Newman following the Tuesday evening performance.
The session will take place in the auditorium following the performance and is free to ticket holders of the Tuesday evening performance.

There is an Audio Description on Thursday 16th November at 2pm. Please speak to a member of staff on arrival at the theatre for assistant with your Audio Description headset.

★★★★ “Laugh a minute” - Mail on Sunday

★★★★ “What this play brilliantly conveys, without any sentimentality and with copious gags, is that the production of a few fragile pieces of paper came almost to matter more to those chaps involved than life itself.” - Daily Telegraph

★★★★★ “A quite magnificent stage play” - Libby Purves, TheatreCat

★★★★★ “Wonderfully theatrical” - WhatsonStage

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