The Wipers Times Is Coming To Eastbourne

The Wipers Times Is Coming To Eastbourne

Monday 1st – Saturday 6th October: Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne

Tickets are selling fast for The Wipers Times, Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s true and extraordinary story of the satirical newspaper created in the mud and mayhem of the Somme. This acclaimed production is sure to be a season highlight and comes to Eastbourne’s Devonshire Park Theatre from Monday 1st – Saturday 6th October direct from a record breaking West End season.

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.

This magnificent stage adaptation of Hislop and Newman’s award-winning BBC film of the same name received stunning reviews and enjoyed a sell-out West End run. Now in this significantly important year the play is back on tour and heading to Eastbourne for the first time ever.

2018 marks the 100th centenary year of the end of the First World War and the final battle of Ypres, the Fifth Battle which ended early October 1918. In the area around Ypres including Passchendaele, over 1,700,000 soldiers on both sides were killed or wounded and an uncounted number of civilians.

The Wipers Times is at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne.

  • From: Monday 1st – Saturday 6th October
  • Tickets: From £21
  • To Book: Call the box office now on 01323 412000 or online at eastbournetheatres.co.uk Print-at-home tickets now available when booking online.

It’s been confirmed that BAFTA nominated writing partners Ian Hislop and Nick Newman will participate in a Question and Answer session with the audience on Tuesday 2nd October at the Devonshire Park Theatre directly after that night’s performance of The Wipers Times; their true and extraordinary story of the satirical newspaper created in the mud and mayhem of the Somme.

Ian Hislop is a journalist, satirist, writer, broadcaster and perhaps best known as the editor of Private Eye magazine and team captain on BBC quiz Have I Got News for You. Nick Newman is a comedy writer and also a satirical British cartoonist.

Having met as youths working on revues at Ardingly College in East Sussex Ian and Nick continued their partnership at Oxford and have been regular writing partners since.

The Wipers Times is their first stage play, adapted from their 2013 BBC First World War dramatization of the creation of the newspaper by the same name. 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 cheery, subversive and funny newspaper for the troops on the front line.