The Wipers Times

by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman

Watermill Theatre and UK Tour 2016

Arts Theatre, West End from 21st March 2017

Second UK Tour from September 2017

Third UK Tour and West End run, from August 2018

Official Website



Ypres, 1916. In the trenches and under enemy fire, Captain Fred Roberts makes the entirely logical decision to fight the enemy by publishing a satirical magazine, The Wipers Times (after the army slang for Ypres). Defying both authority and gas attacks, it proves a huge success with the troops on the Western Front.

Poignant, subversive and full of gallows humour, the play is coloured by sketches and songs adapted from the original magazine. Based on the critically acclaimed, award–winning BBC film, The Wipers Times is above all a tribute to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity.



Director – Caroline Leslie

Designer – Dora Schweitzer

Lighting Designer – James Smith

Sound Designer – Steve Mayo

Composer – Nick Green

Musical Director – Paul Herbert



Kevin Brewer

Eleanor Brown

Sam Ducane

James Dutton

George Kemp

Peter Losasso

Jake Morgan

Dan Tetsell