Emma John, The Guardian

Dominic Cavendish, The Daily Telegraph

Fiona Mountford, The i

Hugh Montgomery, Metro

Katerina Partolina Schwartz, Broadway Baby


12th May 2023 – Following Operation Mincemeat: A New Musical’s ‘the best musical in decades – a Hamilton and Book of Mormon love child’ development runs receiving twenty-two five-star reviews and the West End premiere run opening this week garnering an incredible thirty-nine five-star reviews, Sony Music’s full Original London Cast Recording is released today on CD, vinyl, streaming and digital. Listen HERE.


“I saw @mincemeatlive this week and was blown away by it. Laughed AND cried. Do anything you can to get a ticket”
Dolly Alderton, Sunday Times columnist

Saw Operation Mincemeat last night in the West End. I don’t normally like musicals, but this was incredible! The funniest show I’ve seen since Book of Mormon @mincemeatlive”
Russell Howard, Comedian

“The best show in town is back – bigger and better than ever…Do not miss! …This show was already a major triumph, now it is sheer perfection.”
Stefan Kyriazis, The Express

Daisy Ridley, Actor

“An unmissable cluster bomb of creativity”
Neil Norman, The Daily Mirror

“a gloriously inventive wartime romp”
Clive Davis, The Times

“this gung-ho musical could be just what the West End needs”
Nick Curtis, The Evening Standard


After five sold-out development runs at the New Diorama Theatre in 2019 and Southwark Playhouse in 2020, 2021 & 2022, plus an extended Riverside Studios run last summer, Operation Mincemeat: A New Musical’s run has recently been extended by six weeks until 19th August (following four weeks of previews). The show follows thirty-three hugely successful years of The Woman In Black at the Fortune Theatre.

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?

The production is directed by 2023 Olivier Award nominated  Robert Hastie (Standing at the Sky’s Edge, National Theatre – 2023 Best New Musical Olivier Award winner), following providing directorial support for the Riverside Studios run, while Olivier Award nominated Jenny Arnold (Jerry Springer: The Opera, National Theatre) continues as choreographer. Also from Standing at the Sky’s Edge at the National Theatre on the creative team are: 2023 Olivier Award nominated  Ben Stones (Sylvia, The Old Vic) as set and costume designer, Tony Award, six-time Olivier Award and Bafta Award winning Mark Henderson (Girl From the North Country, Broadway & Noël Coward Theatre) as lighting designer and Olivier Award winning Mike Walker (Jerry Springer: The Opera, National Theatre) as sound designer. Grammy Award winning and Tony, Emmy, Olivier award nominated Steve Sidwell (Beautiful: The Musical, Broadway & Aldwych Theatre) is orchestrator and vocal arranger. Georgie Staight joins as Associate Director and Paul Isaiah Isles as Associate Choreographer.

Operation Mincemeat won The Stage Debut award for Best Composer/Lyricist and the Off-West End award for Best Musical Production and Best Company Ensemble. Following the first New Diorama Theatre run, Operation Mincemeat was listed in The Observer’s Top 10 shows of the year and most recently was listed in The Independent’s Top 15 shows of the year.  The show is currently featured in the V&A’s Re:Imagining Musicals display, exploring how musicals have continuously reimagined, reinvented and reinterpreted themselves over time.



The 2023 Off-West End Best Musical Production Award winning returning cast (Southwark Playhouse/ Riverside Studios), David Cumming, Claire-Marie Hall, Natasha Hodgson, Jak Malone and Zoë Roberts, are joined by: Seán Carey (returning Riverside Studios), Geri Allan, Christian Andrews and Holly Sumpton.

Operation Mincemeat is written and composed by David Cumming, Felix Hagan, Natasha Hodgson and Zoë Roberts, who form SpitLip.

Operation Mincemeat is presented in the West End by Avalon (in association with SpitLip), who have supported since the Southwark Playhouse runs. The show was commissioned by New Diorama Theatre, co-commissioned by The Lowry, and also supported by the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat.

Album Tracklist:

Disc 1

  1. Born To Lead
  2. God That’s Brilliant
  3. Dead in the Water
  4. All The Ladies
  5. The Pitch
  6. Making a Man
  7. Dear Bill
  8. Sail On, Boys
  9. Just For Tonight

Disc 2

  1. Making A Man
  2. Dear Bill
  3. Sail on, Boys
  4. Just For Tonight
  5. Spilsbury Reprise
  6. Act As If
  7. Did We Do It?
  8. A Glitzy Finale

Disc 3

  1. Das Ubermensch
  2. Bevan’s Update
  3. The Ballad of Willie Watkins
  4. Spilsbury Reprise
  5. Useful

Disc 4

  1. Act as If
  2. Did We Do It?
  3. A Glitzy Finale


Tickets are on General Sale from the Official Box Office at
OperationMincemeat.com. Priority access to the best seats is available via the official mailing list.  

If you would like to enter the Operation Mincemeat ticket lottery sign-up at
OperationMincemeat.com/Lottery. £25 tickets are available Wednesday – Saturday. The lottery is drawn every two weeks on a Monday, with the next draw on 15th May.


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




What The Press Said About The West End Fortune Theatre Opening:

irrepressible wartime musical is a West End triumph”

Emma John, The Guardian

“a Pythonesque wartime romp that doesn’t short-change the intellect… a delight…this inventive gem of a night is in with a very good fighting chance of resounding victory”

Dominic Cavendish, The Daily Telegraph

“A joyously homegrown new comedy musical… witty, mocking, camp and joyous, not to mention immensely tuneful.”

Fiona Mountford, The i

“Pure theatrical serotonin, it’s a show that will leave you with a spring in your step like few others”

 Hugh Montgomery, Metro 

“a daring, ridiculous and unapologetic piece of theatre that leaves us completely credulous in trying to understand just how on earth they created something so sensational and pulled it off…Unfortunately five stars is the limit, I would happily give many more.”

Katerina Partolina Schwartz, Broadway Baby

“The best show in town is back – bigger and better than ever…Do not miss! …This show was already a major triumph, now it is sheer perfection.”

Stefan Kyriazis, The Express

“An unmissable cluster bomb of creativity… Unmissable

Neil Norman, The Daily Mirror

“a gloriously inventive wartime romp”

Clive Davis, The Times

“this gung-ho musical could be just what the West End needs”

Nick Curtis, The Evening Standard

“a fringe theatre comet that’s gathered mass and momentum…This is very much their triumph… funny, detailed and entertainingly eclectic…a delight from start to finish…their chemistry really is off the chart…I think it’s safe to say that the operation has been a total success.”

Andrzej Lukowski, Time Out

“A brilliant spy thriller, a brilliant comedy, and a brilliant musical all rolled into one, it is exhilarating to see it hit the West End.”
Tim Bano, The Stage 

“balances genuine hilarity with enormous heart…The five-strong cast are uniformly excellent… it more than delivers, and stands a shining example of homegrown talent – among many things it’s just so very, very British.”

Theo Bosanquet, WhatsOnStage

“If you see one musical this year, make that Operation Mincemeat, the unlikely diamond of the West End. It has everything: an enthralling plot inhabited by surprising characters, a game of egos and justice, a ruse in the ruse, and a cast who deserve to be showered in awards.

Cindy Marcolina, Broadway World

“high-octane musical comedy hits the big time…hilarious…snappy patter-song lyrics and juicy internal rhymes… a glorious parade of witty stagecraft… a triumph of ingenuity… guaranteed to give your ability to grin and giggle a strenuous, much needed workout.”

Helen Hawkins, The Arts Desk

“the perfect blend of everything we want from a musical – a delightfully witty sense of humour, yet with real heart… Inventive, creative, and endlessly enjoyable – we can’t recommend this show enough. If you’ve not seen it, do yourself a favour and pick up a ticket!”

Chris Selman, Gay Times  

“the macabre yet tender musical comedy we all need…Corpses, conspiracies and constant laughs, Operation Mincemeat is a brilliant new addition to the West End.”

Olivia Garrett, Radio Times

“If you only see one musical this year, make it Operation Mincemeat…the songs are very catchy, the script is hilarious, and the actors’ performances are tip-top. It’s innovative, moving, uplifting and entertaining and I just can’t recommend it enough.”

Ed Gleave, Daily Star Sunday

“a cheering homegrown success story… ingenious, witty, and surprisingly moving show…  brilliant cross-casting, astonishing quick-changes… rip-roaring entertainment. There are glimmers of Monty Python, Mel Brooks, Gilbert and Sullivan, Noël Coward, and our proud music hall tradition”

Marianka Swain, London Theatre

“an utterly preposterous and utterly hilarious musical… If there’s one show to see this year, make it Operation Mincemeat; if there are two, make it Operation Mincemeat twice.”

Jim Compton-Hall, The Upcoming

“parachutes parcels of delight onto the West End stage, crashing together elements of Six, Carry On, physical comedy, 1950s British war moves and actual history, to create a show of utter originality, energetic and irreverent…a triumph and needs to be at the top of your list of “Must Sees”. To be in an audience that roars and screams with laughter and then fall silent as loss in remembered is quite an experience. Just go!

Paul T Davies, British Theatre

“one of the most outlandish pieces of World War Two history you will ever come across on a West End stage, in the form of a hilarious (and sometimes heartbreaking) rollercoaster of genres, outlandish characters, and endlessly inventive musical set pieces.”

Callum Wallace, West End Best Friend 

“It is that combination of heart, along with all the madcap tomfoolery preceding it, that encourages one to hope that Operation Mincemeat will be a West End resident for some time to come”

Scott Matthewman, Musical Theatre Review

“Slicker, tighter, and boasting jazzy new staging and lighting: SpitLip’s World War II-set musical comedy Operation Mincemeat gallavants onto the West End stage with the easy-breezy confidence of a well-oiled machine… catchy, jaunty numbers… a masterful operation that triumphs in its new West End home.”

Holly O’Mahony, Culture Whisper

“a joy,  quirky and full-hearted, musically adroit and fast-moving and witty… It is a breath of fresh air to find this spirit in a world where more expensive, anxiously spectacular musicals too often turn out far, far duller… It is  funny,  but with the confidence to be moving and humane as well” 

Libby Purves, Theatre Cat

“this show got everything right… Operation Mincemeat is the ultimate example of what amazing musical theatre can be… It’s not often you see an audience as one leap cheering and clapping to their feet as the curtain comes down but that’s what happened last night, and I know as I was one of those clapping my heart out… Operation Mincemeat takes awesomeness to a whole new level”

Terry Eastham, LondonTheatre1 

“a gleeful and heart-warming show that pays homage to both classic and modern musicals… packed with an incredible number of gags and catchy numbers, all powered by one of the hardest-working casts in London right now”

Luca Molinari, London Theatre Reviews

“nothing short of exceptional…absolute dynamite… Mincemeat might just be setting a new standard for comedy musical scores… runs like a well-oiled machine, as complicated physical comedy routines unfold with the effortless joy of a magic trick… has all the appearance of a show honed to perfection – not a single line, beat or movement out of place… probably the best show on the West End right now…Almost before the curtain fell, the audience were on their feet. With any luck, that’s a sight this cast will be seeing for a long time to come.”

James Harvey, WhyNow

“this is an absolute must-watch…SpitLip are creative geniuses – their historically hilarious show will undoubtedly have a long, successful future ahead of it, some musicals are born to follow, this one is definitely born to lead.“ 

Christine Stanton, The Reviews Hub

“a triumphant debut in the West End…choregraphed beautifully with a slick routine that could have come straight from the Morecombe and Wise show…as moving as it is inspiring…Operation Mincemeat is pure joy from start to finish, and a wonderfully unique addition to the West End.”

Greg Stewart, Theatre Weekly

 “a very funny production… The comedic timing is pure joy to watch, and humour ripples throughout the performance with ease… The staging is ingenious… there’s a hint of One Man Two Guvnors in the comedic misadventure and farce. This is one of those rare gems – a truly fantastic British musical that is sure to stand the test of time.

Lily Middleton, Everything Theatre

“It’s so good… I loved it” 

Matt Chorley, Times Radio


Praise on social media for Operation Mincemeat:

“I saw @mincemeatlive this week and was blown away by it. Laughed AND cried. Do anything you can to get a ticket”
Dolly Alderton, Sunday Times columnist

Daisy Ridley, Actor

“Saw Operation Mincemeat last in the West End. I don’t normally like musicals, but this was incredible! The funniest show I’ve seen since Book of Mormon @mincemeatlive”
Russell Howard, Comedian

“Went to the opening night of #OperationMincemeat tonight. I saw it at Riverside Studios and loved it but the new West End staging is a real triumph. A funny, warm, original new musical, with brilliant songs and magnificent performances”
Matt Lucas, Comedian/ Actor

“Saw the opening night of the brilliant #operationmincemeat last night at the @fortunetheatre1. Funny, sharp and so moving I cannot recommend it enough. @DaveyCumming, @Natasha Hodgson, @ZoeBobRoberts, @JakMalonee and @ClaireMarie612 are all jaw droppingly good. @mincemeatlive”
Reece Shearsmith, Comedian/ Actor

“fantastically entertaining and oddly moving… and extravagantly talented cast, a gripping story, really funny and fresh.”
Al Murray, Comedian

“Well Operation Mincemeat at @FortuneTheatre1 was brilliant – genuinely one of the best things I’ve ever seen in the West End – @DaveyCumming, @Natasha Hodgson, @ZoeBobRoberts, @JakMalonee and @ClaireMarie612 are all geniuses and Jenny Arnold’s choreography was a joy”
Peter Bradshaw, Guardian Chief Film Critic

“A splendid evening at the launch of @mincemeatlive last night. Really funny, and with a huge heart. Wonderful performances all round – huge congratulations to the cast. You must be exhausted! Book now!”
Ben Willbond, Actor

“Very much enjoyed @mincmeatlive Operation Mincemeat at the Fortune Theatre last night. Funny, moving, spectacular and yet still true to its roots. Go and see it if you can!”
Richard Herring, Comedian

“Just seen the phenomenally inventive and entirely surprising OPERATION MINCEMEAT @mincemeatlive, which on its long journey from the fringe to the West End has been much enhanced but not lost its scrappy wit now that it comes with much added glitz. A palpable hit!”
Mark Shenton, Theatre Critic

“This show was witty, funny and incredibly moving (after one unexpected solo I could hear everybody sniffling around me). It was mind-blowing to see a cast of only 5 people play various roles, taking on multiple accents and personalities AND having to sing and perform at that level for over two hours. I would describe it as a Hamilton and Book of Mormon love child if it were written and directed by Richard Curtis with his infectious, British charm. It was truly such a joy and I would see this show again tomorrow and take as many friends as possible with me”
TamsinAmy, Lifestyle and Culture influencer

“Hilarious, camp, innovative and covertly queer take on history. Very fun, great songs and proof that unexpected stories make the best musicals”
Jamie Windust, Gay Times

“Standing ovations 2 nights in a row! You gotta see this show! I loved it!”
Lou Sanders, Comedian

“10/10 Highly recommend Must see Best thing I’ve seen in ages. Go go go”
Grace Hopper, Kiss Breakfast Producer

“Saw the Operation Mincemeat musical at @RiversideLondon tonight and it was a joy. Go.”
David Baddiel, Comedian

“This is a phenomenal show and everyone should see it.”
Chris Addison, Comedian

“Absolutely loved @mincemeatlive. So well written, AMAZING performances by everyone in the tiny cast and most impressively of all, a musical with excellent jokes. Go see it at @RiversideLondon before the run ends on July 23rd.”
Ed Gamble, Comedian

“Just seen Operation Mincemeat at the Fortune Theatre. Might be the best thing I’ve ever seen – genuinely”
“Just saw @mincemeatlive at the @FortuneTheatre1 and it’s genuinely one of the best things I’ve ever seen. Blew my head clean off, steal a ticket if you have to”
Pierre Novellie, Comedian

“Just saw @mincemeatlive on the west end after enjoying it loads last year off-west end and wowww they have absolutely aniled it. Even MORE joyful and fun and moving and silly and brilliant. Please honestly go and see e it. Go go go go (go)”
“Cannot overstate how good @mincemeatlive is. Saw it last year, and again tonight and my god have they rose to the west end challenge. It is LIQUID JOY”
Stevie Martin, Comedian

“Saw @mincemeatlive tonight, cackled and cried. @JackMalonee singing about a lost War love is worth the ticket price alone”
Elllie O’Mahoney, Fabulous Magazine

“Far and away the greatest new British musical in years. An immaculately and farcically told true story of military deception. This is truly top-tier theatre.”
Max Shetland, Theatre influencer

“So good to see the five-star reviews coming in for the primped and shiny new West End version of Operation Mincemeat – such a big hearted, witty, brilliant show”
Alexandra Coghlan, Classical Music journalist

“OPERATION MINCEMEAT is the greatest new British musical in years. The writer/performers are magnificent and have created something hilarious, heart-warming, smart and original.”
Matt Lucas, Comedian

“It was like the camp funness of Six, the rappiness of Hamilton, the Britishy-murdery- over the topness of Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”
Jack Remmington, Singer and Presenter

“Everyone MUST go and see @mincemeatlive – joyful, hilarious and incredibly moving. The best musical I’ve seen in years. Loved it!”
Henry Lewis, Mischief Theatre Artistic Director

“Last night I went to see Operation Mincemeat @mincemeatlive at the Fortune Theatre. To see @spitlip at this moment in time felt like watching some sort of brilliantly human machine, pummelling the audience repeatedly with their talent. It was almost brutal in how good it was”
Rob Auton, Comedian


Previous press praise for Operation Mincemeat:

At a time when London’s musical theatre landscape is flooded with film adaptations and Broadway imports, Operation Mincemeat is that rare thing: an original British musical… lyrics as smart and snappy as Hamilton and a book as silly as the greatest slapstick comedies… I still can’t get those tunes out of my head. And – hurrah – it’s coming back in 2023”
Isobel Lewis, The Independent

“a dazzling series of gender-switching roles…a Beyoncé-esque assertion of female power…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, The Daily Mirror

“this is the musical you didn’t know you needed…a little show with a very big future.”
David Benedict, Variety

“the stage show’s comic power rests in its ability to subvert expectation and provide a revisionist commentary on the establishment figures”
Emma John, The Observer

“a buzz louder than a doodlebug surrounds Operation Mincemeat…a kind of genius declares itself”
Dominic Cavendish, The Daily Telegraph

“actors hurl themselves into the frenetic fray, multitasking with little more than a few strings of telephone wire and some clever lyrics…Amid many breathless japes there is a beautiful song about lost love, Dear Bill.”
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times

“A dazzling musical masterpiece… Ingenious, inventive, a brilliant role-swapping cast, great songs, and the true story of a macabre MI5 plot against the Nazis. What more do you want…this ceaselessly inventive musical scarcely puts a foot wrong: get booking, on the double”
Sam Marlowe, The i

“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, The Daily Mail

“A masterclass of macabre musical comedy, masterfully performed.”
Tim Bano, The Stage

“Madcap and utterly marvellous…This taut and tiny production roars in the face of bloated West End blockbusters. An Absolute triumph.”
Stefan Kyriazis, The Sunday Express

“A finely varied score, and lyrics that shame most big musicals.”
Susannah Clapp, The Observer

“as daring as it is comic… a staggeringly high-energy explosion… It has all the subtlety of an M4 Sherman tank crashing its way from one sketch to the next – and is all the better for it… a totally brilliant musical… funnier than Hamilton… exceptional.”
Isobel Lewis, The Independent

“Right now, it’s Operation Mincemeat that has people talking. With a huge number of 5* reviews the fast-paced, hilarious production centres around the most bizarre true story you’ve ever heard.”
Daniella Scott, Cosmopolitan

“surprising depths… deliciously rackety…takes you by surprise at every turn, with many clever ideas that come off”
Nick Curtis, The Evening Standard

fantastically inventive fringe musical… wacky and winning comedy
The Guardian

“less a ripping yarn than one entirely torn to shreds.”
Holly Williams, Time Out

“Remains one of the best shows in town… really impressive stuff to watch… Do yourself a favour and grab a ticket while you can – this musical is surely destined for bigger and better things
Chris Selman, Gay Times

“SpitLip could go stratospheric. Operation Mincemeat has proved to be one of the most exciting musical theatre debuts in decades.”
The Stage

“mixes comedy with devastating emotional clout”
Lyn Gardner, Stagedoor

“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

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

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

“musical theatre heaven”
Craig Glenday, Musical Theatre Review

“Showcases the utterly bonkers plot in the most fantastical way… cannot recommend it enough – perfectly cast… beyond doubt one of the most brilliant, funny, captivating shows with proper laugh-out-loud moments… you won’t be disappointed”
Zara Janjua, The Sun


Notes To Editors

  • The last musical produced by Jon Thoday for Avalon, Jerry Springer: The Opera, led to a prosecution for blasphemy. Jon is hopeful Operation Mincemeat will have a happier conclusion.
  • Other adaptations of the real-life World War II operation, Operation Mincemeat, include: –
      •      Operation Heartbreak (book, 1950) by Duff Cooper, former Cabinet Minister of Information
      •      The Man Who Never Was (book, 1953) by Ewan Montagu
      •      The Man Who Never Was (film, 1956) based on the book by Ewan Montagu
      •      Operation Mincemeat (book, 2010) by Ben MacIntyre
      •      Operation Mincemeat (film, 2022) starring Colin Firth and Matthew Macfadyen
  • ‘Top secret’ documents found on the aforementioned stolen body, include the receipt for a diamond ring from the legendary London jeweller, S J Phillips and theatre tickets from the West End’s Prince of Wales Theatre, currently housing The Book of Mormon.


Listings Information
Official Box Office

Fortune Theatre
Russell Street

Nearest Tube: Covent Garden (Piccadilly Line)

Previews from 29th March
9th /10th May (press nights) – 19th August
Monday to Wednesdays at 7.30pm
Thursday to Saturdays at 8pm
Tuesday and Saturday Matinees at 3pm

See venue website for full schedule.

Ticket Prices
Group rate available for every show – please visit website for further details.
Lottery tickets are available at OperationMincemeat.com/Lottery. £25 tickets are available Wednesday – Saturday.

Keep up to date on social media
Twitter/ Instagram: @MincemeatLive @spitlip #OperationMincemeat #GodThatsBrilliant @FortuneTheatre1


Book, Music & Lyrics
David Cumming, Felix Hagan, Natasha Hodgson, Zoë Roberts

David Cumming, Claire-Marie Hall, Natasha Hodgson, Jak Malone, Zoë Roberts, Gerri Allan, Christian Andrews, Sean Carey, Holly Sumpton

Director                                         Robert Hastie
Choreographer                             Jenny Arnold
Set & Costume Designer             Ben Stones
Lighting Designer                         Mark Henderson
Sound Designer                            Mike Walker
Orchestration & Vocal
Arrangement                                Steve Sidwell
Casting Director                           Pearson Casting

Musical Director & Piano            Joe Bunker
Keyboard & Deputy MD              Ben Cox
Bass Guitar & Bass Synth          Rachel Espeute
Drums & Percussion                    Lewis Jenkins

Associate Director                       Georgie Staight
Associate Choreographer           Paul Isaiah Isles