Operation Mincemeat

Operation Mincemeat

The year is 1943 and we’re losing the war.

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15 September 2021  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“Extended before it opens and with good reason, Split Lip’s wonderfully inventive and very silly musical tells of a top-secret WW2 operation to trick Hitler into believing that British troops were going to invade Sardinia. It is both very amusing and musically delicious. That’s because it combines the talents of core members of comedy troupe Kill the Beast with composer Felix Hagan. There is a brilliant Britney-inspired Nazi stormtrooper number, and much much more. It may be consummately silly, but there is wit here too, a 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. Provided they stood firm and refused to make the tea and hand round the biscuits. Bloody gorgeous.”


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, Operation Mincemeat is back. Having spent lockdown rewriting the show, weeping and eating biscuits, SpitLip are pleased to announce they will be debuting this newer, bigger and (somehow) even better version in Summer 2021.

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.

Age Recommendation: 6+

Critic reviews

Positively bonkers and unquestionably good musical

· Broadway World

A fizzy, clever, compelling new musical

· London Theatre

An ambitious, darkly humorous, highly original new musical that achieves lift-off repeatedly and joyously

· WhatsOnStage


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Date & time

Opening 14 Jan 2022
Fri 14 Jan - Sat 19 Feb, 2022
3pm & 7.30pm
Runtime: 2 hrs 35 mins


77-85 Newington Causeway SE1 6BD London, UK · Get Directions

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