Prince of Wales Theatre
Coventry Street, London
Previewed: 25 February 2013
Opened 21 March 2013
Booking up to: 7 March 2020
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Monday at 7.30pm
Tuesday at 7.30pm
Wednesday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Thursday at 7.30pm
Friday at 7.30pm
Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Sunday no shows
Runs 2 hours and 30 minutes including one interval
£? to £?
Premium Seating also available
(plus booking fees if applicable)
The multi-award winning hit Broadway musical comedy The Book of Mormon in London at the Prince of Wales Theatre
Two disciples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are sent to the northern part of Uganda as missionaries... The smash hit Broadway musical comedy - winner of NINE Tony Awards including Best Musical - comes to London's West End. The musical features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. It is directed by Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker with choreography by Casey Nicholaw, sets by Scott Pask, costumes by Ann Roth, lighting by Brian MacDevitt and sound by Brian Ronan. Please Note that this musical contains numerous explicit language and adult content.
You all know the Bible is made of testaments old and new. You've been told it's just those two parts, or only one if you're a Jew. But what if I were to tell you - there's a fresh third part out there. Which was found by a hip new prophet who had a little... Donny Osmond flair? Have you heard of the All-American prophet? The blond-haired, blue-eyed voice of God! He didn't come from the Middle East like those other holy men. No, God's favourite prophet was All-American!
When the production opened in London Paul Taylor in the Independent said that "directed with terrific zap and zestful precision by Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker, the show thwacks together a caricature-tendentious view of modern Mormon masculinity with a calculatingly outrageous Lion King-skewed view of Africa." In the Daily Express Julie Carpenter wrote: "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. ... It's as feel-good as it is foul-mouthed and as infectiously uplifting as it is stingingly satirical. It's this combination that works. Michael Billington in the Guardian thought that "part of the fun lies in playing spot-the-source for the numerous songs" while Libby Purves in the Times described how "it offers big belting numbers, witty lyrics and joyfully athletic dances." In the Daily Telegraph Charles Spencer highlighted that "the Book of Mormon arrives in London from New York on a tidal wave of acclaim and looks destined to become an unstoppable hit on this side of the Atlantic, too," going on to say that, "while acknowledging that it is often damnably clever and sharp, I find it hard to warm to the show." Ian Shuttleworth writing in the Financial Times commented that "Trey Parker and Casey Nicholaw's production sells its bare-faced cheek with enormous technical and performance flair and a brash yet disarming puerile charm." Henry Hitchings in the London Evening Standard highlighted that "at its best, The Book of Mormon is indecently funny. It often makes you want to grimace or gnaw your fist, but there are bursts of brilliant comedy, and it's hard not to be swept along by its joie de vivre... Trey Parker and Matt Stone have created something spirited and refreshing." In the London Metro Claire Allfree hailed the show as being "helplessly funny and terrifically entertaining... a foul-mouthed love letter to one's fellow man that suggests where to shove God in two different languages." Quentin Letts in the Daily Mail thought that "the comedy aims for the razzle-dazzle of The Producers and the sacrilege of The Life Of Brian. It is at least two divisions below those two classics." Michael Billington in the Guardian asked: "Strip away all the hype surrounding this hit Broadway import and what do you find? 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."
"There is a long, if not entirely honourable, tradition in the theatre of resorting to blasphemy to put sinners on seats. The Book of Mormon is the latest in a sulphurous, cloven-hoofed procession of religious shockers that includes Jerry Springer: The Opera and Terrence McNally's Corpus Christi. This musical is different, however, from anything that has been before, on account of its epic scale and reach: it has a scorched-earth policy towards sensibilities. It goes about the business of causing offence with such freewheeling enthusiasm - and make no mistake, it takes pot shots at Christians and Jews, as well as Mormons - that 'outrage fatigue' sets in pretty quickly... The songs may not be memorable, but it is exuberant, and, like the colourful extravaganza that the Africans put on at the end (stringing together all of the lies the naughty Mormon has told them) it works in a way that is rather mystifying." The Sunday Telegraph
"It's the behaviour of non-Mormons that makes this a show not for the easily affronted; it is fearlessly stuffed with foul expletives, full-frontal filth, profound political incorrectness and blasphemy... This is an exceptionally rude show, possibly even ruder than the outrageous Jerry Springer The Opera, but not as smart. While Springer was a biting satire of confessional telly, Mormon is a mild spoof of religious evangelism: fat, friendless Arnold found The Book too boring to read and the only way he can win converts is by peddling lies about curing AIDS through bestiality and finding paradise in Salt Lake City. This is a show that has its cake, of questionable taste and ever so slightly stale, and scoffs it, cheerfully ripping off other musicals, while being simultaneously a hymn to Broadway... But it can be screamingly entertaining... And it is undeniably slick and full of fabulous, high-energy, well-drilled performances." The Mail on Sunday
"Don't look to this musical for any serious exploration of religion. The show is pretty stupid and a little too self-admiring, but it's still quite fun. The dancing, choreographed by Casey Nicholaw (who also directs), is comically energetic and the tunes bounce along. With songs such as All American Prophet, Baptise Me and especially I Am Africa, you have to laugh: "We are the sunrise on the savannah, a monkey with a banana, a tribal woman who doesn't wear a bra..." Then the geeky Elder Cunningham starts to improvise from his scriptures in order to grab the villagers' attention, incorporating Joseph Smith's struggles with dysentery, and female circumcision, and things go completely out of control. No, it's not rapier-sharp satire: it's about as sharp as a Krispy Kreme doughnut. The term 'burlesque' might apply. It's tasteless and infantile, but if you don't mind all that, then it should still entertain you for an evening." The Sunday Times
"Leave at home any expectation that The Book Of Mormon is the most offensive show since Jerry Springer. This Broadway sensation from South Park's Matt Stone and Trey Parker, with its songs declaring 'f*** you, God' and jokes about genital mutilation, is really a cuddly endorsement of all-American optimism, wrapped in the affirmative spirit of Broadway itself... Stone and Parker relentlessly lampoon the do-gooding egomania of evangelicalism and the absolutist parables of religious texts while simultaneously suggesting that religion itself is no bad thing... Stone and Parker's deep love for Broadway radiates from every expertly choreographed shimmy (there are tongue-in-cheek references to everything from The King And I to the poor old Lion King). Helplessly funny and terrifically entertaining, The Book Of Mormon is a foul-mouthed love letter to one's fellow man that suggests where to shove God in two different languages." Metro
Trey Parker and Matt Stone are best known for creating the hit animated series South Park, including the feature film South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut which earned an Oscar nomination for best song. Robert Lopez co-created the award-winning musical Avenue Q and the Tony Award-winning theatre director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw has previously choreographed Spamalot and directed The Drowsy Chaperone, both on Broadway and in London's West End.
The Book of Mormon in London at the Prince of Wales Theatre previewed from 25 February 2013 and opened on 21 March 2013.