The year is 1943 and we’re losing the war. Luckily, we’re about to gamble all our futures on a stolen corpse.
Following sold-out runs at the New Diorama Theatre in 2019 and Southwark Playhouse in 2020 and September 2021, Operation Mincemeat is back. Having spent lockdown rewriting the show, weeping and eating biscuits, SpitLip have extended the run of this newer, bigger and (somehow) even better version from 14 January through to 19 February 2022.
Singin’ in the Rain meets Strangers on a Train, Noel Coward meets Noel Fielding, Operation Mincemeat is the fast-paced, hilarious and unbelievable true story of the twisted secret mission that won us World War II. The question is, how did a well-dressed corpse wrong-foot Hitler?
Operation Mincemeat won The Stage Debut award for Best Composer/Lyricist, the Off-West End award for Best Company Ensemble, and was listed in The Observer‘s Top 10 shows of the year.
Commissioned by New Diorama Theatre, co-commissioned by The Lowry. Supported by the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat. Additional support from Avalon.
Christie Lites & London Drum Company.
Recommended for ages 6+.
Previous praise for Operation Mincemeat:
★★★★★ “There are some big, blowsy shows around in the West End, but this little belter is staging its own audacious invasion plan.” Financial Times
★★★★★ “An artisanal masterpiece.” Daily Mail
★★★★★ “Miraculous musical…extraordinary in every way.” Daily Mirror
★★★★★ “Incredibly fun and funny… an absolute must-see.” The Gay Times
“Currently killing it at Southwark Playhouse.” Lyn Gardner, StageDoor
“This production has a heart of gold. West End impresarios should check it out immediately. It’s a contender.” The Spectator
★★★★★ Daily Express
★★★★★ “Glows with theatrical invention and delivers laughs by the gallon. Unmissable.” WhatsOnStage
★★★★★ “A masterclass of macabre musical comedy, masterfully performed.” The Stage
★★★★ “Its whip-crack rhymes are fast and funny. The script is well-seasoned with smart, silly asides.” Time Out
★★★★ “A finely varied score, and lyrics that shame most big musicals by their dexterousness and ingenuity.” The Observer
Set & Costume Designer
Associate Lighting Designer
Bob King Creative
Harry Fearnley Brown
Sound No 1
Assistant Stage Manager
Musical Director & Keys
Assistant Musical Director
Bass & Synth Bass
Drums & Percussion
David Cumming – Charles Cholmondeley
Claire-Marie Hall – Jean Leslie
Natasha Hodgson – Ewen Montagu
Jak Malone – Hester Leggett
Zoe Roberts – Johnny Bevan