The Wipers Times

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s stage adaptation of their award-winning film The Wipers Times comes to the Arts Theatre, for a limited West End engagement. Inspired by the extraordinary, and true, story of soldiers who produced a satirical newspaper for their troops during the Somme, The Wipers Times is a powerful demonstration of resilience in the face of adversity. Taking audiences back 100 years into the height of the war, this production is not to be missed.
WAS £39.50
NOW £34.50
Booking until 13 May 2017
Running Time: 2 hours 10 minutes


Ray Rackham brings his uplifting musical Judy! back to London, after a successful premiere in 2015 under the title Through the Mill. Judy! is the incredible story of the beloved movie icon, from her beginnings as an innocent young girl, to her extraordinary career, to a self-destructive later life. Featuring legendary songs including “Over the Rainbow” and “The Man That Got Away”, this is a show not to be missed.
Booking from 16 May 2017 until 17 June 2017
Running Time: 2 hours 20 minutes

The Toxic Avenger

Following a hugely successful run at the Southwark Playhouse, smash-hit cult musical The Toxic Avenger transfers to London’s Arts Theatre for a limited West End run. A hilarious musical based on Lloyd Kaufman’s 1984 film, the show sees Melvin Ferd the Third on a mission to save his town from toxic waste. But when he’s tossed into a vat of the very same, he transforms into New Jersey’s first ever superhero!
No Booking Fee!
Booking from 28 September 2017 until 3 December 2017

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Based just around the corner from Leicester Square Tube Station, the Arts Theatre is one of the West End's most intimate venues, often hosting small-scale productions. With a seating capacity of only 350, the 1927 theatre began as a members only club that aired unlicensed performances.

Opening with a revue show called Picnic, the Arts Theatre has housed productions such as the Stokes brothers' Oscar Wilde (1938) and Young Woodley (1928). Both of the latter were sad to be quite controversial, due to themes of sexuality, affairs and underage love. In 1955, the Royal Shakespeare Company's founder, Sir Peter Hall, directed a pivotal production of Waiting for Godot. Hall went on to run the theatre from 1956 to 1959.

Between 1967 and 1999, the Arts Theatre became home to the Unicorn Children's Theatre, whilst hosting plays in the evenings. During this period, Tom Stoppard's Dirty Linen and New-Found-Land ran at the theatre for an accumulative four years.

In more recent years, the Arts Theatre has hosted notable productions such as Seussical (2012 and 2013), The Tailor Made Man (2013) and Storm in a Teacup (2013). The truly terrifying Ghost Stories (2014-2015) followed, with short runs of Bad Jews and Ushers: The Front of House Musical (2015) following. 2015 also saw the West End premiere of smash-hit Green Day musical American Idiot, which ran for an impressive amount of time before embarking on a UK tour.

2016 saw a variety of short-running productions come to the venue, including a Christmas special of The Blues Brothers, Ruby Wax: Sane New World, Gary Sinyor's horrendously reviewed comedy NotMoses, an interactive version of All That Fall, political plays A View from Islington North and children's show Stig of the Dump. Following a UK tour starring Amelia Lily and Newton Faulkner, American Idiot returned to the Arts Theatre for a limited run. 2016 draws to a close with the UK premiere of musical Murder Ballad, starring Kerry Ellis, Ramin Karimloo, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt and Norman Bowman. Finally, the Arts Theatre's 2016 season rounded off with Simon Callow's one-man show A Christmas Carol.

2017 saw an Edinburgh Fringe Festival Fringe First winner Dirty Great Love Story come to the Arts Theatre, followed by Nick Newman and Ian Hislop's new play The Wipers Times. Ray Rackham's uplifting musical story based on Judy Garland, Judy!, followed.

Past Shows

Dirty Great Love Story
(closed 18 Mar 2017)
Murder Ballad
(closed 3 Dec 2016)

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American Idiot
(closed 25 Sep 2016)
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Stig of the Dump
(closed 26 Aug 2016)
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A View From Islington North
(closed 2 Jul 2016)

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All That Fall
(closed 14 May 2016)
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(closed 9 Apr 2016)
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Ruby Wax: Sane New World
(closed 13 Feb 2016)

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The Blues Brothers
(closed 10 Jan 2016)
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American Idiot
(closed 22 Nov 2015)
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Ushers The Front of House Musical
(closed 18 Oct 2015)