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Operation Mincemeat


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One of the most unbelievable ruses of World War II comes to the stage

Operation Mincemeat, a musical comedy written by SplitLip's David Cumming, Felix Hagan, Natasha Hodgson and Zoe Roberts, premiered in 2019 with a sold-out run at New Diorama Theatre in London. It returned in 2020 to London's Southwark Playhouse for another sold-out engagement.

Set in 1943 at a time when Britain was losing the war, the decision was made to gamble the future on a stolen corpse. Based on factual events about a little known wartime coup, Operation Mincemeat tells the hilarious and improbable true story of the secret mission that may have won World War II. The big question is, how did a well-dressed dead body slip up Hitler?

Operation Mincemeat won praise from critics with The Stage calling it "a masterclass of macabre musical comedy", while The Observer said the production "glows with theatrical invention". The musical also landed The Stage Debut Award for Best Composer/Lyricist and the Off-West End Award for Best Company Ensemble.

During the coronavirus lockdowns, the theatrical company SplitLip spent their time rewriting Operation Mincemeat and announced the debut of a newer, bigger and even better version returning to Southwark Playhouse in London from 23 July to 18 September 2021.

Along with Cumming, Hodgson and Roberts, Operation Mincemeat stars Claire-Marie Hall and Jak Malone. It's directed by Donnacadh O’Briain, with choreography from Jenny Arnold plus set and costume design from Helen Coyston.


Operation Mincemeat is running from 23 July to 18 September 2021.

Operation Mincemeat is playing at Southwark Playhouse, located at 77-85 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BD.

Tickets for Operation Mincemeat's 2021 show dates are on sale now.

Among the praise for Operation Mincemeat are the following:

"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

Operation Mincemeat is recommended for ages 6+.

The cast of Operation Mincemeat includes David Cumming, Claire-Marie Hall, Natasha Hodgson, Jak Malone and Zoe Roberts.