Everything you need to know about The Book of Mormon

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Everything you need to know about The Book of Mormon

What is The Book of Mormon about?

Written by the creators of South Park Trey Parker, Matt Stone along with Robert Lopez, The Book of Mormon sees two missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, otherwise known as Mormons, travel to a remote Ugandan village to convert the inhabitants to Mormonism. Yes, I know what you’re thinking – that does sound very much South Park premise.

Where is The Book of Mormon playing in London?

The Book of Mormon has played at the Prince of Wales Theatre since its opening in the West End. It also plays on Broadway at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre, and touring productions have also played around the world. A UK and European tour is planned but has not yet been announced.

How long is The Book of Mormon / What is the The Book of Mormon running time?

The Book of Mormon is around 2 hours and 20 minutes long and includes one 15-minute interval.

Who stars in The Book of Mormon in London?

The current production features Blair Gibson as Elder Price, Connor Peirson as Elder Cunningham and Beatrice Penny-Touré as Nabulungi who lead the cast.

When the musical first debuted in the West End in 2013 the cast featured Gavin Creel and Jared Gertner, reprising their roles from the first US tour of the production as Elder Price and Elder Cunningham respectively, in addition to new cast members Alexia Khadime, Stephen Ashfield, Giles Terera (who would later go on to win an Olivier Award for his performance in Hamilton) and Chris Jarman.

What days is The Book of Mormon playing in London?

Like most West End shows, The Book of Mormon usually plays for six nights a week, from Monday to Saturday with matinee performances on Fridays and Saturdays. Evening shows start at 7:30pm and matinees start at 2:30pm. Don’t be late – the theatre warns that ‘latecomers may not be admitted until a suitable break but we cannot guarantee admittance into the performance.’

The Book of Mormon’s Friday matinee is a rarity in the West End where most weekday matinees are normally mid-week on either Wednesday or Thursday. It’s a real bonus if you’re planning a long weekend in London and want to make the most of your limited time by squeezing in a Friday performance.

Performances days often change around bank holidays and the festive seasons, so always check the show’s booking page for the latest updates.

Will I know the songs in The Book of Mormon?

You might but we can’t guarantee it! The songs from The Book of Mormon haven’t entered the public realm in the way that some songs from other longer-running or classic musicals haven’t – but that doesn’t mean they won’t eventually!

How long has The Book of Mormon been playing in the West End?

The Book of Mormon recently celebrated 10 years in the West End. The production opened for previews on 25 February 2013, with an official opening night on 21 March 2013 when the press were invited to review the production. A charity gala performance was also held ahead of opening to raise funds for Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day with £200,000 raised.

Like the rest of the West End, and theatres worldwide, performances were paused during the Covid-19 pandemic. The production was closed for over a year and a half, playing its final pre-lockdown performance on 15 March 2020 before reopening to audiences on 15 November 2021. Up to the enforced closure The Book of Mormon had sold out every performance since it had opened in 2013.

What did critics think of The Book of Mormon?

Reviews were mixed with its irreverent humour proving not to be to everyone’s taste.

Despite this, audiences continue to pack the theatre’s auditoriums and the show won four Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical

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