The Book of Mormon Tickets

Prince of Wales Theatre Coventry Street, London, W1D 6AS
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The Book Of Mormon Child Policy

Contains swearing, sexual content, offensive content. Not suitable for young children. Ages 17 and up.
Performance Timings
Monday - 19:30
Tuesday - 19:30
Wednesday 14:30 19:30
Thursday - 19:30
Friday - 19:30
Saturday 14:30 19:30
Sunday - -
Show Info

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Written by the creators of the cult TV hit South Park, The Book of Mormon has been playing in the West End at the Prince of Wales Theatre since 2013. It has fully established itself as one of London’s most popular musicals and one of the hottest tickets in town. Heralded "the best musical of the century" by the New York Times when it opened on Broadway in 2011, Mormon arrived in London to instant success, winning four Olivier Awards including Best New Musical.

Initially running at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in New York, The Book of Mormon broke box office records at the theatre and won 9 Tony Awards from 14 nominations, including Best New Musical, Best Original Score, Best Book of a Musical and Best Direction of a Musical. The show made the leap across the pond in 2013 and has been delighting audiences at the Prince of Wales with its crude, witty satirical humor.

The Book of Mormon has book, music and lyrics by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, and the mind behind the hit musical Avenue Q, Robert Lopez. Development of the show began in 2003 when Parker and Stone were noticed by Lopez in the audience of a performance of Avenue Q. They went for drinks and quickly conceived the idea of writing a musical based around Joseph Smith, the founder of the Church of Latter Day Saints.

The show follows the journey of two Mormon missionaries who travel to Africa to preach their religion. They share their scriptures with a small village in Uganda, but find it difficult to interest the locals who have much bigger things to worry about: AIDS, famine, and local warlords. It features hilarious songs like “Hello”, “All American Prophet”, “I Believe” and “I Am Africa”.

Choreography for The Book of Mormon is by Casey Nicholaw, who co-directs the show with Parker. Nicholaw is renowned in musical theatre and his work is currently also on display in the West End production of Aladdin. He is known for his high energy production numbers and unique skill at staging musical comedy.


About The Book Of Mormon

The Book of Mormon is the uplifting and satirical story of two Mormon missionaries who are sent from the comfort of Salt Lake City to Uganda in Africa in order to spread the word of the Mormon church. Whilst Elder Kevin Price is looking forward to his two-year mission praying he will be posted to Orlando, his partner Elder Arnold Cunningham, a nerdy overweight missionary is only looking for a best friend. As the unlikely heroes arrive in Uganda their fears are confirmed as they are immediately robbed at gunpoint by a local warlord, General Butt-Fucking-Naked. The local villagers and Mafala Hatimbi soon tell the missionaries about their strategy for coping with life constantly battling against poverty, AIDS, and famine, as well as the tyrannical General.

After meeting the other missionaries who have failed to convert the village, the pair develop two different coping strategies for handling the situation. While Elder Price optimistically believes that the Mormon word will prevail, Elder Cunningham finds himself teaching an alternative form of history and religion, one that captures the imagination of the citizens. The pair wrestles with their own integrity and beliefs, coming together to find that they both rely on each other in very similar ways.


Facts & Figures 

The Book of Mormon masterminds Trey Parker and Matt Stone are the genius creative duo behind the phenomenally successful, long-running animated TV comedy series South Park.

But as well as the edgy, Colorado-set cartoon show, they've built up an impressive, idiosyncratic body of work at the movies with off-beat comedies including 'BASEketball', 'Team America - World Police', 'Cannibal: The Musical and Orgazmo'.

The latter in particular is of interest to those with half an eye on The Book Of Mormon. Its protagonist Joe Young is a naive Mormon who's unwittingly roped into the adult movie business.

This 1997 movie is the most visible precursor to the current musical, but it's far from the only instance in Parker & Stone's canon involving the Church of the Latter Day Saints getting ribbed; South Park is full of them.

How did P & S come to be so fascinated by Mormonism? Simply because they both grew up in Northwest Colorado, they say, which is near the Utah border and thus has a significant Mormon population.


Who Is It  Suitable For

Not recommended for children or the easily offended - this is adult stuff, for liberal-minded audiences. But if you love South Park's near-the-knuckle comedy and/or gloriously life-affirming, painfully funny musicals stuffed to the gills with take-home-tunes, then The Book Of Mormon is absolutely essential.

If you're a parent and you're OK with your kids watching South Park, then use your own judgment about letting them see this.


The Book Of Mormon Child Policy 

Contains swearing, sexual content, offensive content. Not suitable for young children. Ages 17 and up.

Important information

Running time
2 hour 30 mins
Booking Until
Sat, 2 March 2019
Cast

The Book of Mormon Cast

By: Book by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone
Producer: Anne Garefino, Scott Rudin and Sonia Friedman Productions
Director: Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker
Songs by: Music and Lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone
Lighting: Brian MacDevitt
Sound: Brian Ronan
Design: Scott Pask
Choreography: Casey Nicholaw
Costume: Ann Roth

Cast list:
KJ Hippensteel (Elder Price), Cody Jamison Strand (Elder Cunningham), Steven Webb (Elder McKinley), Richard Lloyd King (Mafala Hatimbi), Leanne Robinson (Nabulungi), Dean Maynard, Michael Moulton, Kelly Agbowu, Chanice Alexander-Burnett, Philip Catchpole, Nicholas Collier, Christopher Copeland, Brendan Cull, Joshua Da Costa, Joseph Davenport, Nicole Dennis, Jonathan Dudley, Myles Hart, Alex Lodge, Joshua Lovell, Rhianne-Louise McCaulsky, Nicholas McLean, David McMullan, David O’Reilly, Sackie Osakonor, Stephen Rolley, Scott Sutcliffe, Ngozi Ugoh, Anna Van Ruiten, Rodney Vubya, Tommy Wade-Smith, Harry Wright
Reviews

The Book of Mormon Critics & Reviews

Critics rating: *****
Average press rating: **** 
Review by: Peter Brown

If you follow proceedings in the entertainment arena, you may well know as much if not far more than I do about this much-anticipated show. 'The Book of Mormon' has already been in residence on Broadway for the past two years, where it has been a huge success, and advance publicity for the show means there can't be many people in the UK who do not know about it already.

Given the descriptive nature of the title, it is pretty clear that the show is about the religious group informally known as the Mormons, or more accurately the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The congregation of this church stretches across the globe thanks to missionary activities which form part of the required service of a male member of the church. So, many of us are accustomed to being hailed in the street or on our doorsteps by young men, mostly American, who are desperate to convert anyone and everyone to their faith.

The show begins at a Mormon missionary training centre where a group of squeaky-clean young men in their late teens is preparing to head off on their missions in various parts of the world. Elder Price (Gavin Creel) seems like the ideal young man to succeed in baptizing more than any other missionary on his two-year endeavor. He is eagerly anticipating being sent to Orlando, Florida, which has been his dream-destination since childhood. Elder Price has pin-up good looks and has all the attractive qualities to make him, well, popular. On the other hand, another of the trainees is neither as charming or good-looking as Elder Price. Elder Cunningham (wonderfully played by Jared Gertner) is rather overweight for his diminutive stature, and with his spectacles and curly mop of hair, hardly meets the manicured image of the other missionaries who all seem to have inherited identical Mormon genetics. Elder Cunningham cannot remember the basic sales patter which the missionaries are trained to deliver, and moreover has issues with telling the truth. Since the missionaries are sent off on their work in pairs and must never leave each others' sides, you can see where this set-up is heading. Yes, the supremely confident and smooth-operating Price is twinned with the unreliable and gawky Cunningham. Disaster seems imminent as the winner is teamed with a loser, and is more or less assured when the ill-matched pair is sent, not to Orlando as Price yearned, but to Africa. The results are more or less predictable, though there are some surprises.

Given that this is a satire directed against a particular religious group – who are still very much alive and preaching – this show might have attracted a whole string of legal actions, or at least a heated public exchange between the production team and the Mormons. But apparently not from what I can gather. The Mormons seem to have taken the show in their stride – which implies they see no threat and have, in avoiding a public row, preserved their dignity. But I don't really think they have much to worry about anyway. Sure, the show pokes fun at them and their beliefs. In particular, the actual 'Book of Mormon' is scoffed at because of the incredulous nature of its origins. However, we see Elders Price and Cunningham not just as Mormons, but as individual human beings who find themselves in an extraordinary situation. In a sense, we laugh with them almost as much, if not more, than laughing at them. The satirical nature of the show is certainly never vicious or unduly cruel, though I found the reference to everyone in Africa having AIDS just the wrong side of bad taste for my liking. But most of the audience laughed at that remark as well much else besides.

On the evening I caught the show the cast were word-perfect, the action was flawless and the orchestra was in great form. There was an almost audible buzz from the audience almost as soon as they entered the theatre and they seemed ready and willing to laugh, and they did, and very frequently at that. There was an instant standing ovation at the end which in my experience is fairly rare even with long-running and much-loved shows. And when I say a standing ovation, I am referring to the entire audience and not a few ardent fans who have already seen the show. And speaking of fans, I noticed that a couple of people in the front stalls seemed to have already taken the show to their hearts as they were dressed in the missionary uniform of white shirt, black tie and trousers, as well as a name badge. If that does not signify a hit, I am not sure what does – unless, of course, they were Mormon missionaries.

I had to fight my way through hoards of people trying to buy last-minute tickets and there were a few dubious characters outside the theatre trying to buy-up any spares. So, whatever I or any other critic might say about this musical, it seems like it will be hard to dislodge it for some considerable time. In fact, the show is very funny – not the funniest I have seen in the past few years, but certainly one of them and very near the top of the 'funniest' list. It is cleverly written and extremely well-produced, and the excellent, energetic performances give the impression that the cast are loving every minute of it. It is enormously enjoyable, and the laughs keep coming even when the story-line seems about to run out of steam. Like the contents of the Book of Mormon itself, this show could well end up being the stuff of legend.

Note: This Review is from a preview performance.

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"While acknowledging that it is often damnably clever and sharp, I find it hard to warm to the show...The Book of Mormon strikes me as a decadent and self-indulgent musical, and its mixture of satire and syrup ultimately proves repellent."
Charles Spencer for Daily Telegraph

"I absolutely loved it...songs, though not especially memorable, have bounce and bite and color."
Paul Taylor for The Independent

"I’m not sure its crude yet clever package is roll-in-the-aisles funny but it’s deliciously entertaining and there is certainly nothing like it in the West End."
Julie Carpenter for The Daily Express

"Its satire is insistently US college-campus adolescent. I tired of it after ten minutes...This is a cowardly, coarse, cynical show, worth avoiding.
Quentin Letts for The Daily Mail

" Indecently funny...The music...is generally jaunty and from time to time soars operatically, though only three or four of the tunes are really memorable.
Henry Hitchings for Evening Standard

"A mildly amusing musical, with some knowingly parodic songs, that takes a few pot shots at religious credulity without ever questioning the need for belief. I had a perfectly pleasant time, but the idea that the show, which won nine Tony awards, is either daringly offensive or a Broadway breakthrough is pure codswallop...For all its rude words, this is essentially a safe, conservative show for middle America."
Michael Billington for The Guardian
Venue Info

Prince of Wales Theatre

Coventry Street, London, W1D 6AS

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Access description: Slight slope into the box office foyer through double doors opening outwards on corner of Coventry and Whitcomb Street. Low The Prince of Wales Theatre is situated on Coventry Street in London’s West End, on the edge of Leicester Square opposite Planet Hollywood restaurant. It is a Grade Two listed building, originally opened in 1937. If you are arriving by car, you can be dropped off in Coventry Street by the main doors. There is an NCP car park at back of theatre, but please note that there is little in the way of on-street parking. The main entrance to the theatre has level access from street and the doors are pinned open 45 mins prior to a performance. As you enter through the main doors you will find yourself in the main foyer. There will be dedicated Access Host who will meet and greet patrons with access requirements upon arrival, andif requested, escort you through the theatre and to your seats.Tickets can be collected from the box office which is on the left of the foyer. There is a lift at the back of the foyer for access to the toilets and Delfont Bar. The Stalls can be accessed from Street level, and the Circle is approximately 70 stairs (6 flights) up. Staircases have highlights and handrails, and the foyer has hardwood flooring for wheelchairs. The seats on both levels are arranged in three blocks. In the stalls there are no steps, but the floor slopes down gently towards the stage. In the circle there are steps which are quite steep and thereis no hand rail.

Sound Amplification: Sennheiser infra-red system with 12 headsets available.

Guide Dogs: Guide dogs allowed into auditorium, alternatively staff are happy to dog-sit. Advance notice required.

Disabled Access: 3 wheelchair spaces available and wheelchair and scooter transfer spaces to designated aisle seats in the Stalls. Companions can sit beside them. Please check location of seats with Box Office.

Toilets: No steps to men's and women's in the Stalls and at the back of the Dress Circle.

Disabled Toilets: Adapted toilets off the Stalls

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