The Wipers Times - Birmingham Rep
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Based on a true story.

The Wipers Times tells the true and extraordinary story of the satirical newspaper created in the mud and mayhem of the Somme and comes to The REP 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.

9 October: Post-show Discussion with Ian Hislop & Nick Newman


Director Caroline Leslie
Designer Dora Schweitzer
Composer Nick Green
Lighting Designer James Smith
Sound Designer Steve Mayo


The Telegraph

The Times

The Mail On Sunday


Ticket Information

From £15
Weekday matinee (11 Oct) from £10
Group, family, disabled and school rates available via our box office.

Fees and Charges

Please note there is a transaction fee of £2.50 on all payment types. This covers administration costs and postage and enables us to provide a dedicated booking service. This charge does not apply to transactions under £10, group bookings over 50 and school group bookings. We also waive this charge if you are a REP Friend.

Please talk to a member of our BOX office team if you require further information.

Running Time
2 hours and 20 minutes (including interval)

Discuss The Show
Post-Show Discussion with Ian Hislop and Nick Newman 9 October
Further Information
Access Performances
Captioned 11 October 2pm
Audio Description 12 October 7.30pm
BSL 13 October 2pm
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