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Operation Mincemeat

23 Jul to 7 Aug 2021

Southwark Playhouse

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 at Southwark Playhouse

Artwork by Bob King Creative

Show details


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 with 14 exclusive work-in-progress performances.

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.

Background information, advisory warnings

Age suitability: Not available

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Postal address:
77-85 Newington Causeway
London SE1 6BD

Box office tel: 020 7407 0234

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Previews from:Friday 23 July 2021

Closes:Saturday 7 August 2021

Performance days & times

To be advised


Running time: To be confirmed




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David Cumming

Claire-marie Hall

Natasha Hodgson

Jak Malone

Zoe Roberts


Musical Director & Keys -Felix Hagan

Bass & Synth Bass - Ellen O’reilly

Drums & Percussion - Lewis Jenkins


Author: Spitlip: David Cumming, Felix Hagan, Natasha Hodgson and Zoe Roberts.
Composer: Spitlip
Director: Donnacadh O’briain
Designer: Helen Coyston
Choreography: Jenny Arnold
Lighting: Sherry Coenen
Production: SpitLip


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