The Wipers Times

Monday 01 October 2018 to Saturday 06 October 2018

Devonshire Park Theatre

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 Eastbourne 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 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 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. 


Times & Prices

Mon - Sat 7.45pm
Wed & Sat 2.30pm

Mon - Thu 7.45pm £21 - £26.50
Fri & Sat 7.45pm £22 - £28.50
Wed 2.30pm £21
Sat 2.30pm £21, £23

Concessions £1.50 off (Mon - Thu 7.45pm only)
Groups buy over 10 tickets receive 10% off (Mon - Thu 7.45pm only)
Friends of the Devonshire Park Theatre 25% off (First 2 nights only)

Prices inclusive of £1 per ticket booking fee

Additional Info

Post Show Q&A with Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, Tuesday 2 October

Audio described performance Friday 7.45pm & Saturday 2.30pm


★★★★ “Laugh a minute” Mail on Sunday

★★★★ “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

★★★★ "Even – perhaps especially – at its silliest, the play has a respect for its subject matter that is deadly serious and decidedly affecting” The Times

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The Wipers Times

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