Operation Mincemeat: A New Musical is directed by the award-winning group Splitlip, who are known for their fast-paced comedy and glam-punk music. This witty production follows their trademark stamp, because critics everywhere have praised its cleverly written humour and toe-tapping soundtrack.
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Operation Mincemeat: A New Musical is from Wednesday 29th March, 2023 to Saturday 8th July, 2023.
Wed 29 Mar – Sat 8 Jul 2023
29 Russell St, London, WC2B 5HH, UK
Mon – Wed at 19:30
Tue and Sat 15:00
Thu – Sat at 20:00
Age guidance 6+
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What the critics say
There are some big, blowsy shows around in the West End, but this little belter is staging its own audacious invasion plan. – SUZI FEAY, THE 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
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 – THE DAILY MAIL
The building is one of the most unique and historical theatres in London. Located in the West End of the city, it was built in 1600 and is one of the oldest surviving Elizabethan theatres in the city. The venue has a capacity of 432 seats and is situated on Russell Street, Covent Garden.
The Fortune Theatre is a true treasure of London’s theatrical history, and it continues to be an important venue for the performing arts in the city. Its intimate setting and rich history make it a popular choice for theatre-goers and history enthusiasts alike. If you’re looking for a truly unique theatrical experience, a visit to the venue is definitely worth considering -especially to see Operation Mincemeat!
Stats and facts
Received 22 5-star reviews before it even hit the West End
1943 The year the real Operation Mincemeat was put into action that would later help win WWII
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The venue is associated strongly with its current production The Woman In Black, which was first seen at the venue in 1989, and has since become a mainstay of the West End. The Fortune and the show achieved the landmark of 5000 performances in July 2001 when there was a party, held in the Stalls Bar and the auditorium!
The previous long-running The Woman In Black:
Since 1989, over 7 million people have lived to tell the tale of one of the most exciting, spooky, gripping and successful theatrical events ever staged.
Unanimously acclaimed by critics, Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of Susan Hill’s best-selling novel combines the power and intensity of live theatre with a cinematic quality inspired by the world of film noir. It is a formula that provides audiences with an evening of unremitting drama as they are transported into a terrifying and ghostly world.
The Fortune Theatre is located in London’s West End, specifically in Covent Garden at Russell Street, London WC2B 5HH, United Kingdom. There are several transportation options available to reach the theatre:
Tube: The nearest tube station is Covent Garden Station (Piccadilly Line), which is about a 5-minute walk from the theatre.
Bus: Several bus routes serve the area, including the 6, 19, 13, and 55.
Taxi/Uber: Taxis and Uber are widely available in London and can drop you off directly at the theatre.
Walking: The Fortune Theatre is located within walking distance of many popular attractions in the West End, including Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, and the Royal Opera House.
Please note that due to the central location of the theatre, parking options are limited. It’s recommended to use public transportation or taxis when traveling to the theatre.
The Fortune Theatre opened on 8th November 1924, which was a Saturday. The Fortune Theatre’s original building plans were discovered by Richard L. Hay, who then used the plans to design and build the Elizabethan Stage at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon.
Laurence Cowen commissioned the architect to design the theatre, and the opening play Sinners was written by him. Unfortunately for Cowen the play only ran for a short period of only two weeks! The following few years saw a number of other productions, including amateur shows in the 1930s. In the period of World War II the venue was used by ENSA, concert party group of the Armed Forces.
From then, the Fortune Theatre has had many notable actors and actresses perform on its stage, including Dame Judi Dench, Dirk Bogarde and Maureen Lipman, playing the role of Joyce Grenfell in her one-woman show, Re-Joyce. Stars from the world of Variety such as Flanders and Swann performed at The Fortune Theatre and it was home to the revue from Cambridge, Beyond The Fringe, providing the original line-up of Dudley Moore, Peter Cook, Alan Bennett and Jonathan Miller. There were many other significant shows that ran at the Fortune include Mr Cinders, Double Double, Nunsense as well as Dangerous Obsession.
The Fortune Theatre is associated strongly with its current production The Woman In Black, which was first seen at the theatre in 1989, and has since become a mainstay of the West End. The theatre and the show achieved the landmark of 5000 performances in July 2001 when there was a party, held in the Stalls Bar and the auditorium!
For many years, the theatre was independently owned, until in December 2001, it was added to the Ambassador Theatre Group and joined ATG’s other West End theatres.
The theatre’s famous figurine, Terpsichore (seen high above the main entrance) was sculpted by M H Crichton of the Bromsgrove Guild, a noted company of artisans from Worcestershire.
Photographs taken on 9th September 2014 – all photographs copyright to Neil Cheesman at www.LastMinuteTheatreTickets.com
Russell St, London WC2B 5HH