• The Wipers Times

    Tuesday 12 - Saturday 16 September 2017

    Evenings 7.30pm;
    Thursday & Saturday Matinees 2.30pm
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Written by Ian Hislop & Nick Newman
A Trademark Touring & Watermill Theatre production

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 Cardiff 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 resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity.

After the Tuesday 7.30pm performance. Free to ticketholders

Running time:  2hrs 10mins


Tickets: £13.00 - £34.00
Boxes from: £106.00

Reductions: £3.50 off
Groups (8+): £4.00 off
Over 60s: £19.00
Student Special: £5.00

All prices subject to availability. Reductions available on selected shows and prices

What the papers say...

Laugh a minute
Mail on Sunday

Remarkable forerunner to Private Eye
Daily Telegraph

A quite magnificent stage play
Libby Purves, TheatreCat

Wonderfully theatrical

HyntA React event

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