Until 24 Feb
Runtime: 2h 20m
Another week and another transfer from the New Diorama Theatre to the West End. SpitLip’s ridiculously clever musical tells of a top-secret WW2 operation to trick Hitler into believing that British troops were going to invade Sardinia. It is both highly amusing and musically delicious, infinitely preposterous, and perfectly capable of inducing a tear or two. There is wit here too, particularly in its beady-eyed look at the British ruling classes and some neat observations about how women were treated and how the war provided career opportunities for some. This show’s journey to the West End has been a circuitous one that has developed and honed the piece along the way, winning a cult following in the process. It should take that audience with it and find a whole new one in Covent Garden. Quick march, chaps!
After sold-out runs at New Diorama Theatre in 2019 and Southwark Playhouse in 2020, 2021 & 2022, plus an extended run at Riverside Studios in the summer of 2022, SpitLip's hit fringe musical Operation Mincemeat transfers to the West End in 2023. The year is 1943 and we’re losing the war. Luckily, we’re about to gamble all our futures on a stolen corpse. 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? Directed by Rob Hastie, with choreography by Jenny Arnold. Operation Mincemeat was written and created by SpitLip, made up of David Cumming, Felix Hagan, Natasha Hodgson and Zoe Roberts. Age Recommendation: 6+