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Operation Mincemeat

“A masterclass of macabre musical comedy”

In the middle of this madcap musical about a particularly bizarre espionage plot during the Second World War, the flooringly funny piss-take and parody take a back seat for just a second.

Picture it: a man dressed as a woman – high-waisted polyester trousers, a parody of the prim secretaries who serviced the ruling classes – composes a fake love letter to a corpse. And sings it. And it’s just so unexpectedly moving. Minutes later, the absurdity resumes and that gorgeous little moment is gone.

That’s the mark of a fantastic piece of work: that it can make you breathless from fits of laughter and then turn it on its head in an instant.

It’s hardly a surprise coming from members of the grotesquely talented Kill the Beast and composer Felix Hagan. Simply, it’s a musical retelling of one of the more gruesome moments in British military history: in order to divert Hitler’s attention away from an Allied attack on Sicily, MI6 planted fake ‘top secret’ documents on a corpse and had it wash up on Spanish shores pretending it was a downed RAF airman.

What SpitLip and Kill the Beast have managed to do is squeeze the story into the conventions of a musical, honouring and pastiching them along the way. It’s like a grand tour of the West End, covering Hamilton, Six and countless others along the way, with added high-kicking Nazis.

It’s also an incredibly acute examination of the tally-ho old boys network that ran the intelligence services, a deconstruction of class and chauvinism, of camaraderie and suspicion.

Every multi-roling performer in the five-strong cast brings everything they can – amazing voices, brilliant comic performances. In short, a masterclass of macabre musical comedy, masterfully performed. I spy a hit.

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Production Details
Production nameOperation Mincemeat
VenueNew Diorama
StartsMay 14, 2019
EndsJune 15, 2019
Running time2hrs 30mins
AuthorDavid Cumming, Felix Hagan, Natasha Hodgson, Zoe Roberts
Musical directorFelix Hagan
Set designerHelen Coyston
Costume designerHelen Coyston
Lighting designerSherry Coenen
Sound designerDan Balfour
CastDavid Cumming, Jak Malone, Natasha Hodgson, Rory Furey-King, Zoe Roberts
TechnicalMarcello Coppola
Stage managerEppie Conrad
VerdictMasterclass of macabre musical comedy about a corpse that helped win the Second World War
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