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This show closed on May 13, 2017
Synopsis
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.
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Venue
Arts Theatre
Great Newport Street
LondonWC2H 7JB
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Running Time
2hrs 20mins (including interval)
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Critic Reviews
A quite magnificent stage play
Libby Purves, TheatreCat
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