Wipers Resized.

A Trademark Touring and Watermill Theatre production

The Wipers Times

By Ian Hislop and Nick Newman
Directed by Caroline Leslie

Festival TheatreTicketsPrice: from £15



Even - perhaps especially - at its silliest, the play has a respect for its subject matter that is deadly serious and decidedly affecting


Remarkable forerunner to Private Eye


Coming to Chichester direct from a record-breaking West End season, The Wipers Times tells the true and extraordinary story of the satirical newspaper created in the mud and mayhem of the Somme. 

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. 

Prologue members booking opens 
Saturday 16 September

Cast & Creatives


  • Kevin Brewer.

    Kevin Brewer

  • Clio Davies.

    Clio Davies

    Lady Somersby/Madame Fifi
  • Sam Ducane Bw.

    Sam Ducane

    Lieutenant-Colonel Howfield
  • James Dutton.

    James Dutton

    Captain Roberts
  • George Kemp.

    George Kemp

    Lieutenant Pearson
  • Chris Levens Head Shot.

    Chris Levens

  • Dan Mersh.

    Dan Mersh

    General Mitford
  • Jake Morgan.

    Jake Morgan

  • Joseph Reed Head Shot.

    Joseph Reed

  • Emilia Williams.

    Emilia Williams

    Kate Roberts

Creative team

Caroline Leslie


Dora Schweitzer


James Smith

Lighting Designer

Steve Mayo

Sound Designer

Nick Green


Paul Herbert

Musical Director


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Running Time
2 hours and 15 minutes including the interval