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, 2021 and earlier in 2022, Operation Mincemeat is now transferring to the West End. Opening at the Fortune Theatre, 29 March 2023.
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?
Created by Spitlip, comissioned by New Diorama, co-commissioned by The Lowry.
Quotes & Reviews
★★★★★ “There are some big, blowsy shows around in the West End, but this little belter is staging its own audacious invasion plan.” Financial Times
★★★★★ “A miraculous musical that tells the entire story in a kind of accelerated farce that is part Mel Brooks, part SIX, part Hamilton with a side order of One Man, Two Guvnors.” Daily Mirror
★★★★★ “Whoof! It blew the roof clean off. Hoots and tears welcomed this ingenious, touching musical. Taut lyrics, vintage gags, a wild tale and tunes that followed me out into the night air, in hums and whistles. Perfection… An artisanal masterpiece.” Daily Mail
SpitLip is a new musical theatre collaboration between three members of award-winning comedy troupe Kill the Beast - Zoe Roberts, David Cumming and Natasha Hodgson - and glam-punk composer and band leader Felix Hagan. Having collaborated on several Kill the Beast shows as well as UK tours for Felix Hagan And The Family, they can’t wait to smash comedy into rock into sweat into war, and see what hits the ground.
Between them, they have performed all over the world, featured on BBC Radio, and written for stage and screen.They’re hugely excited to bring their trademark fast-paced energy, intricate lyrics and joyful stagecraft to a story that tackles national pride, dumb luck and what the hell we’re all fighting for in the first place.
Cast & Creative Team
Book, Music and Lyrics by SpitLip: David Cumming, Felix Hagan, Natasha Hodgson & Zoe Roberts.
Director Rob Hastie
Choreographer Jenny Arnold
Set & Costume Designer Ben Stones
Lighting Designer Mark Henderson
Sound Designer Mike Walker