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Trial by Laughter – Milton Keynes Theatre

Writers: Ian Hislop and Nick Newman Director: Caroline Leslie Reviewer: Maggie Constable For and evening of sharp wit, incredibly relevant issues and, yes, laughter, there is no better place to be this week than Milton Keynes theatre for Trial by Laughter. William Hone’s true story has proved to be a gift to partners in crime, Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, ...

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Trial by Laughter – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writer: Ian Hislop and Nick Newman Director: Caroline Leslie Reviewer: Cathy Swaby Witty satire alongside political commentary is an art form that has long been taken for granted in our modern media-heavy society. We are all accustomed to seeing Prime ministers, religious fanatics, Royals and orange faced presidents getting their fair share of ribbing from the press without so much as a gasp ...

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Trial by Laughter – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writers: Ian Hislop and Nick Newman Director: Caroline Leslie Reviewer: Alice Fowler William Hone is the free speech hero you have probably never heard of: an unassuming bookseller and publisher who, in 1817, was taken to court by the Regency government on a charge of seditious libel and blasphemy. His crime? Poking fun at the Tory government, the monarchy and ...

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The Wipers Times – The Curve, Leicester

Writers: Ian Hislop & Nick Newman Director: Caroline Leslie Reviewer: James Garrington “Ask yourself the following questions. Do you suffer from cheerfulness? Do you think the war will end in the next twelve months? Do you have faith in our commanders to bring the war to a successful conclusion? Optimism! Two days at our establishment will eradicate all traces of ...

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The Wipers Times – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writers: Ian Hislop & Nick Newman Director: Caroline Leslie Music: Nick Green Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Ian Hislop and Nick Newman take the quite frankly unbelievable true story of Captain Fred Roberts (James Dutton) and Lieutenant Jack Pearson (George Kemp) of the 24th Division, Sherwood Foresters, and produce an old-fashioned celebration of the Great British spirit. 1916, the mud-soaked trenches of ...

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The Wipers Times – Opera House, Manchester

Writers: Ian Hislop & Nick Newman Director: Caroline Leslie Reviewer: May Mellstrom Whilst enduring the horror and brutality of the trenches during the First World War a group of soldiers of the 24th Division, the Sherwood Foresters, salvaged an old printing press from a bombed out building in the Belgium town of Ypres, mispronounced as Wipers by British soldiers.  Led ...

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The Wipers Times – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford

Writers : Ian Hislop and Nick Newman Director: Caroline Leslie Reviewer: Steve Turner Familiar to many from his television appearances and his editorship of Private Eye, it should come as no surprise that, Ian Hislop's The Wipers Times is shot through with satire, digs at authority and also a couple of more contemporary jabs at some familiar targets. Written together ...

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The Wipers Times – Arts Theatre, London

Writers: Ian Hislop and Nick Newman Director: Caroline Leslie Reviewer: Maryam Philpott When we think of the First World War, the casualties, the shelling and the mud, it is the pity of it that almost always springs to mind. Rarely do we think about the humour, the humanity of the men trying to find a lighter way through to the end. ...

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