Dan Tetsell is part of the ensemble cast for a new stage production of The Wipers Times premiering at The Watermill Theatre.
Written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, this stage premiere is an adaptation of the award-winning BBC film of the same name… which featured TVO regular Steve Oram, no less. The production will be directed by Caroline Leslie as a Tradmark Touring production, co-commissioned by The Watermill Theatre.
For the uninitiated, it tells the the story of the satirical newspaper created in the mud and mayhem of the Somme, illustrated with comic sketches and spoofs.
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.
Tetsell – the former Mongrels star also known for his work on Lab Rats, We Are History and Hollyoaks – will play General Mitford: the same part played by Michael Palin in the film adapation, and an esteemed officer who sympathised with the lower ranking soldiers responsible for the paper’s production, even when it mocked him and his colleagues.
As well as Dan, the ensemble cast includes Kevin Brewer, Eleanor Brown, Sam Dunance, James Dutton, George Kemp, Peter Losasso and Jake Morgan, and fittingly, takes place one hundred years after the Battle of the Somme and the first publication of The Wipers Times.
The production premieres at The Watermill Theatre in West Birkshire on 22nd September, and runs until 29th October, with tickets available now via their website.
From there, the team will take the show on the road – with dates at the Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield (3rd-5th November), New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich (7th-12th November) and Salisbury Playhouse (14th-19th November). If we hear of any further dates, we’ll be sure to let you know. In the meantime, stick close to The Watermill Theatre’s Twitter and Facebook pages for behind the scenes glimpses as rehearsals continue.