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The Wipers Times must end on December 1 + production images

The Wipers Times. Photograph by Kirsten McTernan.

IAN Hislop and Nick Newman’s satirical play, The Wipers Times, has just two weeks remaining of its limited West End season at the Arts Theatre which must end on December 1, 2018.

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman said: “After more than 300 performances on tour and in the West End, The Wipers Times is reaching journey’s end, with just two final weeks before we say goodbye to all that. It has been a privilege to bring this remarkable story to life, and see modern audiences engage with the jokes and spirit of this amazing trench newspaper.”

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Previously Posted: On November 11, 2018 – Remembrance Sunday – Welsh singer Aled Jones will make a special guest appearance in the charity gala performance of Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s play The Wipers Times.

The performance, in support of The Royal British Legion’s Thank You campaign, takes place at the Arts Theatre, where The Wipers Times is playing until December 1, 2018.

Jones will be performing Silent Night with members of The Wipers Times acting company. The arrangement of Silent Night is taken from his new album (with Russell Watson) In Harmony which is released on November 9.

There will be other surprise cameo appearances during the show. The evening will also include an introduction, post-show talk and Q & A with Ian Hislop and Nick Newman and an exclusive post-show reception. This special performance coincides with the commemoration of the end of WWI.

The Royal British Legion has launched a mass movement to say ‘Thank You’ to all who served, sacrificed, and changed our world during the First World War.

The charity is calling on mass involvement from the public to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War and many events have been organised in the run-up to November 11 to say ‘Thank You’ to those who put Britain on the path to becoming what it is today.

Hislop and Newman’s The Wipers Times – a stage adaptation of their award-winning BBC film – tells the true and extraordinary story of the satirical newspaper created in the mud and mayhem of the Somme, interspersed with comic sketches and spoofs from the vivid imagination of those on the front line.

In a bombed out building during the First World War in the Belgian town of Ypres (mispronounced Wipers by British soldiers), two officers discover a printing press and create a newspaper for the troops. Far from being a somber 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 frontline.

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 cast includes Emilia Williams, Dan Mersh, Clio Davies, George Kemp, Amar Aggoun, James Dutton, Kevin Brewer, Chris Levens, Joseph Reed and Sam Ducane.

Produced by David Parfitt and Bob Benton, The Wipers Times is directed by Caroline Leslie and designed by Dora Schweitzer, with lighting design by James Smith and sound design by Steve Mayo. The composer is Nick Green and Musical Director Paul Herbert.

The Wipers Times is a Trademark Touring and Watermill Theatre production.

For tickets to this special performance go to

Image: The Wipers Times. Photograph by Kirsten McTernan.

On November 9, 2018, Aled Jones and Russell Watson, two of the world’s greatest classical voices, come together to release their debut album In Harmony, out via BMG. It is now available to pre-order at

The pair will also take to the stage together for their first joint UK and Ireland tour throughout September and October 2019.