Operation Mincemeat announces six-week Southwark Playhouse extension in The Large from 14 January – 19 February 2022

“moving at breathless speed, the five performers take on a dazzling series of gender-switching roles… a Beyoncé-esque assertion of female power in the wartime…excellent performers… There are some big, blowsy shows around in the West End, but this little belter is staging its own audacious invasion plan” ★★★★★
Suzi Feay, Financial Times

“a miraculous musical that tells the entire story in a kind of accelerated farce that is part Mel Brooks, part SIX, part Hamilton with a side order of One Man, Two Guvnors.” ★★★★★
Neil Norman, Daily Mirror

“But whoof! It blew the roof clean off. Hoots and tears welcomed this ingenious, touching musical. Taut lyrics, vintage gags, a wild tale and tunes that followed me out into the night air, in hums and whistles. Perfection… An artisanal masterpiece” ★★★★★
Luke Jones, Daily Mail

“this is the musical you didn’t know you needed — until you see the expert cast of five embracing and racing through a clutch of preposterous yet endearing characters and musical styles, telling a story with delicious precision. Set firmly in the past, this is a little show with a very big future.”
David Benedict, Variety


Tickets for the January/February dates are on sale now here

Run: Friday, 14 January – Saturday, 19 February 2022

The year is 1943 and we’re losing the war. 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 and September 2021, Operation Mincemeat is back. Having spent lockdown rewriting the show, weeping and eating biscuits, SpitLip have extended the run of this newer, bigger and (somehow) even better version from 14 January through to 19 February 2022.

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.


Written and composed by SpitLip.
SpitLip are David Cumming, Felix Hagan, Natasha Hodgson and Zoe Roberts.
Directed by Donnacadh O’Briain. Choreography by Jenny Arnold. Set and costume design by Helen Coyston. Lighting design by Sherry Coenen. Sound Design by Mike Walker.



More Praise for Operation Mincemeat:

“amazing voices, brilliant comic performances. In short, a masterclass of macabre musical comedy, masterfully performed. I spy a hit” ★★★★★
Tim Bano, The Stage

“A finely varied score, and lyrics that shame most big musicals by their dexterousness and ingenuity.” ★★★★
Susannah Clapp, The Observer

“Move over Hamilton and Six. There’s a new historical musical in town and it’s creating ripples…the West End needs to take notice ASAP.” ★★★★★
Cindy Marcolina, Broadway World

“a joyously irreverent show, one that’s both incredibly fun and funny… the punchlines have a terrific hit rate which is pretty much unparalleled in London right now. Pay a visit to the Southwark Playhouse and you won’t regret it – this is an absolute must-see” ★★★★★
Chris Selman, Gay Times

“less a ripping yarn than one entirely torn to shreds…It’s whip-crack rhymes are fast and funny. The script is well-seasoned with smart, silly asides….” ★★★★
Holly Williams, Time Out

“currently killing it at Southwark Playhouse”
Lyn Gardner, Stagedoor

“This production has a heart of gold. West End impresarios should check it out immediately.”
Lloyd Evans, The Spectator

Neil Norman, Daily Express

“Glows with theatrical invention and delivers laughs by the gallon. Unmissable.” ★★★★★
Alex Wood, WhatsOnStage 


For press enquiries and further information please contact Victoria Wedderburn on 07557160139 or VWedderburn@avalonuk.com and Jasmine Ruparelia on JRuparelia@avalonuk.com

Listings Information

Show Website

Southwark Playhouse
77-85 Newington Causeway
London SE1 6BD

Nearest Tube: Borough / Elephant and Castle

Friday, 14 January – Saturday 19 February 2022

See website for full schedule

Box Office

By Telephone
020 7407 0234

Ticket Prices

Students, Under 16’s, Unwaged, Registered disabled, Over 65’s
Registered disabled patrons can bring one companion free of charge.

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