Operation Mincemeat - New Diorama Theatre
Saturday 13 April 2019
Comedy - Musicals - Off-West End
Spitlip, the company founded by members of supernatural theatre-comedy trailblazers Kill the Beast to produce modern comedy musicals, announce their first ever production: Operation Mincemeat.
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Spitlip - a company founded by members of supernatural theatre-comedy trailblazers Kill the Beast to produce modern comedy musicals with a genre-destroying contemporary soundtrack - have announced their first ever production Operation Mincemeat.
The show plays at New Diorama Theatre from 14 May to 15 June 2019.
The title comes from a real-life military operation ...
In 1943, the outcome of World War II was still on a knife-edge.
In a bid to break the deadlock and swing momentum in their favour, the British armed forces resorted to possibly the most bonkers but ingenious misdirection and misinformation campaign in military history.
Determined that the Nazi Abwehr not discover their impending invasion of Sicily, the British dressed the dead body of a homeless man in an Officer's uniform, created a false identity for him, put plans for a fictional invasion of Greece and Sardinia in his pocket and floated him off the south coast of Spain, in the hope the neutral Spanish government would share the information he carried with the Nazis …
The crack team of allied officers was led by the level-headed Johnny Bevan, with a surrounding cast including the bombastic, immensely charming (if distressingly rich) Ewen Montagu whose unflappable self-assurance was instrumental in pushing through such a far fetched ploy, Lieutenant Colonel Ian Fleming - future author of much more credible stories including the James Bond novels and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Major Jasper Maskylene - a stage musician from a legendary line of Victorian illusionists, and Sir Bernard Spilsbury, a pathologist who, legend had it, could "smell" murder.
In Spitlip's production, one of the most outrageous true stories of the Second World War, perhaps even the last century, will explode into life once more with the help of glorious original songs kicking off with a banger about 'sexy fascism' before acosting a host of other genres ranging from musical theatre to pop to Glam Rock.
All of this will be imbued with the signature blackly absurdist wit associated with The Stage Edinburgh Award, The Peter Brook Festival Award and the Manchester Studio Theatre Award winners Kill the Beast, whose previous productions include werewolf detective thriller He Had Hairy Hands, comic book sci-fi horror Don't Wake the Damp, and cinematic psychological thriller Director's Cut.
You can get a preview of some of the songs from the show here.
About the company
SpitLip is a 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 are excited to smash comedy into rock into pop into horror, and see what comes out the other side.
Between them, they have performed all over the world, featured on BBC Radio, written for stage and screen, and spent a lot of time in a lot of different vans.
Operation Mincemeat is their first full-length show as a company.
The year is 1943 and we're losing the war.
Luckily, we're about to gamble all our futures on a stolen corpse.
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 is Singin' In The Rain meets Strangers On A Train, Noel Fielding meets Noel Coward, in a new collaboration between three members of award winning Kill the Beast and glam-punk composer Felix Hagan.
Cholmondeley - David Cumming
Montagu - Natasha Hodgson
Jean - Rory Furey-King
Hester - Jak Malone
Bevan - Zoe Roberts
Musical director and keys - Felix Hagan
Bass guitar and synth - Ellen O'Reilly
Drums - Lewis Jenkins
Author: Written and composed by SplitLip: David Cumming, Felix Hagan, Natasha Hodgson, Zoe Roberts
Lighting: Sherry Coenen
Sound: Dan Balfour
Production: Co-produced by SpitLip, Kill the Beast and New Diorama Theatre.
From: Tuesday 14 May 2019
Closed: Saturday 15 June 2019
Concessions: £3 (Job Seekers Allowance)
ActDrop full listing for Operation Mincemeat
Operation Mincemeat - Wikipedia