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”Operation Mincemeat” extends West End run

Operation Mincemeat
Operation Mincemeat
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Operation Mincemeat has extended its run in the West End following three weeks of sold-out previews.

The show, which follows 33 successful years of The Woman In Black at the Fortune Theatre, is based on a true story of the twisted secret mission that helped win World War II. It is written and composed by David Cumming, Felix Hagan, Natasha Hodgson, and Zoë Roberts of SpitLip.

To celebrate the extension, two additional fan-favorite tracks, “All The Ladies” and “Das Ubermensch”, are now available to stream online.

The show will add six weeks of performances until 19 August 2023, with tickets on sale later today.

The show has previously been staged at the New Diorama Theatre in 2019 and Southwark Playhouse in 2020, 2021 and 2022, plus an extended Riverside Studios run last summer.

The returning cast, including Cumming, Claire-Marie Hall, Hodgson, Jak Malone, Roberts, and Seán Carey are joined by Geri Allan, Christian Andrews, and Holly Sumpton for the West End run.

The musical is directed by award-nominated director Robert Hastie (Standing at the Sky’s Edge), who provided directorial support for the Riverside Studios run. The show’s choreographer Jenny Arnold (Jerry Springer: The Opera), continues in her role.

The creative team also includes Ben Stones (Sylvia) as set and costume designer, Mark Henderson (Girl From the North Country) as lighting designer, Mike Walker (Jerry Springer: The Opera) as sound designer, Grammy Award-winning and Tony, Emmy, Olivier award-nominated Steve Sidwell (Beautiful: The Musical) as orchestrator and vocal arranger, and Georgie Staight as associate director.

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.

The musical is presented in the West End by Avalon (in association with SpitLip), who have supported the show since the Southwark Playhouse runs.

The show was commissioned by New Diorama Theatre, co-commissioned by The Lowry, and also supported by the Rhine.

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