Prince of Wales Theatre – The Book of Mormon

Is the show really sold out when it says sold out?

I would say it is always worth checking with the box office, either on phone or better in person. I would also advise not to rely on the ticket sale websites. Except for the shows that sell tickets exclusively online (e.g. Hamilton), it is almost always possible to get one ticket just before the show. So even if the sign says “Full House”, still check with the box office staff.

 

Theatre

Prince of Wales Theatre is in the Delfont Mackintosh Theatres group, covered in my Queen’s Theatre post.

The first theatre on this site, the Prince’s Theatre, opened in 1884. The theatre was renamed the Prince of Wales Theatre in 1886. The theatre presented comedies, tragedies, comic operas, mime plays, musical comedies, literary adaptations, farces, revues and later follies before it was rebuilt in 1937. The new larger theatre opened in 1937 with a continuation of the old theatre’s series of successful follies. In 1941, the theatre screened the UK premiere of Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator and received a fine for showing then “controversial” film. The theatre continued showing revues during the Second World War and in the post-war period. For the rest of the century Prince of Wales Theatre presented plays and musicals, including the Broadway transfer of Funny Girl with Barbra Streisand and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Aspects of Love. The theatre was refurbished in 2004 and since its reopening has been fully devoted to the musicals. The theatre has been owned by Delfont Mackintosh Theatres since 1991.

 

Plot

The musical starts at the Missionary Training Centre of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon Church). Elders are about to be announced their 2-year mission location. The most prominent Elder, Kevin Price, gets paired up with the least prominent Elder, Arnold Cunningham, for their mission to Uganda. Elder Price is very disappointed; he prayed hard to God to be sent to his dream place, Orlando. Elder Price’s disappointment doubles when the pair arrive in Uganda and find out that other missionaries, who were deployed there three months ago, have not had any baptisms yet. Local people are suffering from AIDS, poverty, military unrest, spreading diseases and the only word they use to express themselves to God is the F word. Elder Price decides that Uganda could be a place where he could accomplish “something incredible”. Full with enthusiasm he goes to the village to preach about the latter-day saints. As he does so, General Butt-Fucking Naked, leader of the military unrest, arrives and demands all the women to be mutilated in that village. One man stands up against him and gets shot in his head. Elder price is shocked by this incident and decides that God made a mistake to send him in Uganda, so leaves Elder Cunningham behind to demand transfer. Nabulungi, one of the villagers, got inspired by Elder Price’s preaching and assumes that Salt Lake City is the paradise her mother used to tell her about. She believes the Mormons will take all the villagers to Salt Lake City, so convinces the rest of the villagers to further listen to the preaching. She goes to get Elder Price to preach more about the special book, but finds out he left; so, she encourages Elder Cunningham to preach in his place. Elder Cunningham has never read the book so makes the stories up to keep the villagers interested. Elder Cunningham’s brand new teaching leads 20 villagers to baptism. Meanwhile, Elder Price, having had a terrible dream of being in hell, decides to return to the district centre and recommit to his mission. He convinces himself that he could achieve a life mission by converting the General Butt-Fucking Naked. The General is least impressed by Elder Price’s teaching and puts the book in his rectum. Mormon mission president, surprised by the number of baptisms, decides to pay this district a visit. Elder Price and Elder Cunningham pretend they are still acting in unison just for this visit. During the visit, the villagers give an unexpected performance to the mission president of a play based on the teaching of Elder Cunningham. The performance is a mixture of Mormon story and the stories made up by Elder Cunningham. Mission president is shocked and decides to close the Ugandan district centre. Nabalungi finds out that Elder Cunningham has been lying and she won’t be going to Salt Lake City. Elder Price has a revelation and tells Elder Cunningham that it does not matter that his stories were made up; all that matters is happiness and faith it brought to Ugandan villagers. Nabalungi informs the villagers that they will not be going to Salt Lake City. The villagers tell her that they knew they would not be leaving the village as everything was expressed in metaphors. The General watches this scene in bewilderment and tells the villagers that the only rule they will follow is his rule and he will shoot anyone who contradicts him. Elder Price and Elder Cunningham come to the villagers’ rescue and scare the General away by Elder Cunningham’s warning that he would be turned into a lesbian. Villagers celebrate in happiness and soon start their own mission to spread Elder Cunningham’s teaching through his book: The Book of Arnold.

 

Production

The script, lyrics, and music for The Book of Mormon were written by Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez. The former 2 best know for creating the animated comedy South Park. The show opened on Broadway in March 2011, after nearly seven years of development. In 2013, the musical premiered on the West End at the Prince of Wales Theatre.

Director:         Trey Parker, Casey Nicholaw

Producer:        Sonia Friedman Productions, Anne Garefino, Scott Rudin, Roger Berlind, Scott Delman, Jean Doumanian, Roy Furman,

Stephanie McClelland, Kevin Morris, Jon Platt, Robert Bartner, Norman Tulchin (Gosh, they are so many!)

Casting:         Pippa Ailion

020 7738 7556

pippa@pippaailioncasting.co.uk

Unit 67B, Eurolink Business Centre, 49 Effra Road, London, SW2 1BZ

The show has been on run for 5 years now and there are periodic changes in casting, so keep an eye on the show’s social media and Pippa Ailion’s social media for audition announcement.

 

Ticket

Bought my ticket from the Prince of Wales box office. I checked the website and only one seat was left for around £100; so, decided to check on the place. The theatre had “Full House” sign standing outside, but went in and found out there were last-minute return tickets available for cash only. Paid £37.5 for a middle seat in the back row of the circle. The seat had a full view.

 

Running time is 2 hours 30 minutes.

 

The Theatre Rat

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