Preview: The Wipers Times @ Northern Stage

Image: LtoR James Dutton, George Kemp, Kevin Brewer, Peter Losasso, Jake Morgan, Sam Ducane, Dan Tetsell. The Wipers Times-Photographer Philip Tull-178


The critically acclaimed  hit run at the Arts Theatre in the West End, The Wipers Times will be coming to the North East next month.

Written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, it is a stage adaptation of their award winning BBC Film.

The Wipers Times tells a story of the satirical newspaper created in  the Somme, with comic sketches and spoofs  from the imagination of the soldiers on the front line.

Hislop and Newman said:  β€œFollowing an amazing audience and critical reaction in the West End which was almost over the top, Wipers Times is on manoeuvres again around Britain. We look forward to sharing the remarkable trench humour of the Wipers Times with new theatre-goers around the country. We are delighted it is not Journey’s End but the tour will all be over by Christmas.”

So what’s it about?

Set in the First World War in a bombed out building in the town of Ypres (mispronounced Wipers by British soldiers), two officers discover a printing press and create a newspaper for the troops.

They produce a cheerful and very funny newspaper 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 resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity.


The production originally launched one hundred years after the Battle of the Somme and publication of The Wipers Times.




The Wipers Times will be on at Northern Stage Monday 2-Saturday 7th October in Newcastle.

For more information please click here to the Northern Stage Website.

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