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NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN OR THE EASILY OFFENDED. CONTAINS VERY STRONG LANGUAGE AND ADULT MATERIAL. ALSO CONTAINS STROBE LIGHTING, FLASHING LIGHTS AND GUNSHOTS.
Two newly trained Mormon Elders are sent to Africa on a mission to convert the locals...
From the team who brought you anarchic comedy TV cartoon "South Park," this is more of the same, with Broadway tunes.
https://thebookofmormonmusical.com/london/ has updates on the latest availability of normal tickets, including information on returns and ticket releases.
Seen at the 2.30pm preview performance on 2nd March 2013.
Some actors have since left the cast. This is the slickest transfer the monkey has ever seen. The production feels like it originated on the West End stage, rather than an import after a “bus and truck” trek across the USA. It is impossible not to admire the highest standards set in every aspect - staging, design, lighting, direction and of course performance.
Alexia Khadime brings a fabulous naivety to Nabulungi, a simple African girl bewitched by Mormanism and bewitching one of two amazing real Americans (Jared Gertner) in the cast. Getner’s partner in Mormonism, Gavin Creel, also justifies his transatlantic journey bringing an energy that never flags. Other standouts in the cast include Chris Jarman as a cross between Idi Amin and Mr T, and a suitably horrified Stephen Ashfield as Elder McKinley.
So, plaudits the monkey can agree on are out of the way. It comes to the show itself. And for the first time ever, it is going to write two reviews of it. Simply because this show can be taken either way... and it honestly can’t decide which it feels more strongly...
First review: this is where those “terribly witty at interpreting Fraternity Humour” chaps who wrote the clever revues at Harvard and Yale moved on to. A knowing and very adult romp. It imbues all who see and “get” the parodies with a wonderful veneer of sophistication; thus transcending the strong language and very ‘daring’ comedy, to take in several useful points about religion and world matters.
Laugh? You’ll rarely stop at some inventive parodies of religious and maniacal dictators, victims and saviours; and one inspired hospital joke that may have raised a Kenneth Williams eyebrow. Oh, and you’ll never again see “The Sound Of Music,” “Wicked,” “Annie,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “The Lion King,” “A Chorus Line” or “The King and I” in the same light. Leave humming the catchy “Hasa Diga Eebowai,” having taken a wonderful two hours out from everyday life. It may be a “one time show – once you’ve got the joke, you don’t need to go again,” but you have to admire the post-modernity of it all.
Second review: just why is this foul-mouthed show is the toast of New York, is it all an elaborate hoax? In the first 20 minutes audiences get the stage equivalent of a cute 5-year-old saying “bum” and getting a big laugh from the adults. The child thus repeats it ad nauseam, with rapidly diminishing returns, until his adoption can be arranged.
A (when the monkey saw it, and estimated at least) 99.5% white middle-class audience considered it fine to roar with laughter at ‘US perspective’ stereotypical “victim Africa.” The script excuses an uncomfortable-if-you-think-about-it ‘typewriter’ gag (among many others) with a final payoff “we recognise a metaphor so we are not stupid poor people, so look, the writers don't mean any of it.”
Aside from the fact there are so few leading West End parts specifically for black actors, a liberal mind may ponder, “just how desperate some of the cast were for the job, and if some of them had read the script before signing?”
And that is, of course, before the title religion is considered. It’s interesting to speculate on whether the writers might have taken on one Middle Eastern faith in the same manner... given that during the show it’s tellingly the one religion they don’t mention. A cowardly opting for a safer target, perhaps? Oh, and just for the record, if there is a sequel about that other belief system, the monkey won’t be requiring a ticket, thanks.
Simply, this musical will divide audiences into those seeing it as “a gay romp with Mormons and Villagers in Africa” and those willing to analyse just why they did feel so uncomfortable with what they were watching.
For the broadest minded or “South Park” fan wanting a hip, adult, Rolls-Royce quality finish of a musical that will deliver solid belly laughs without requiring thought, this delivers perhaps beyond anything else in London. Others may find it raises more moral questions than even a fifth volume of the greatest book ever written might be able to answer.
Important: Some reviews below can contain "spoilers" - please don't read if this bothers you!
This has to be the most disappointing thing I've seen at the theatre for years - possibly because I believed the hype and actually expected the musical of the century.
The songs were nowhere near as clever as those in the 'South Park' movie and apart from the tap number, the choreography was nothing special. The rest of the audience seemed to lap it up though.
A special note to anyone who doesn't like heights - we sat in row H of the dress circle and were almost level with the top of the proscenium arch. Good view but VERY high up looking down on stage and very steep rake.
Dress Circle Row E, seats 30-33. Very comfortable seats, giving a perfect view at a competitive price, and even with tall people sitting in front, the steep rake meant the line of sight was not obstructed. Maybe rows B and C would be marginally better being a fraction nearer, but they are more expensive, and Row E is close enough to the stage anyway.
I tried sitting in Row A seat 32, which at first sight seems to have a small barrier interfering with the view, but once you are sitting down, it is not obstructed in any way. The view from Row A was pretty good!.
"Book of Mormon" was quite fun, but after all the hype, maybe I was expecting a bit more?
Saturday matinee, 9th April 2016.
Seat A37 in the dress circle.
This would be my third time at the Mormon mission - couldn't resist seeing it again, but Saturday made it a tough one as I didn't want to pay stupid money, having seen it before... so I threw myself at the mercy of dynamic pricing and see if I could beat the system. I was prepared to sit at the back of the dress circle if necessary as I only wanted to pay around the £50 mark for a seat. I checked every day and saw most seats in the circle were £85+ - so I waited and waited checked religiously hoping prices would come down - a few seats came up in the back row both in the stalls and dress circle but I had my eye on seat A37 on the front row dress so tried to hold my nerve as it was the only front row seat spare - a few days before the performance date it went down from £85 to £55 so I snapped it up.
The show itself is still as good as ever - Brian Sears is still a bit OTT for my liking but he can sing - I was a bit worried about Elder Price as his voice sounded a bit odd to start with and I was worried about him holding the notes, but I guess it's just the way he sings as his "I Believe" was outstanding.
Seeing it again, I didn't realise how often Elder Cunningham gets Nabalungi's name wrong - he seemed to get it wrong more often this time - Nigel Farrage is still in there and that gets the biggest laugh of all the times he gets the name wrong - interesting what you notice when you've seen something multiple times I guess.
Seat A37 dress circle: off to the side and slightly outside the proscenium arch you miss a sliver of the left side of the stage but nothing major - little bit noisier here as speakers are facing you but the sound was good and clear. Didn't feel as comfortable sitting here as when I sat centrally - not sure if the seats are different but comfort didn't seem as good. You do also see things you don't see when you sit more in the centre too e.g. people waiting to come on stage, etc, but I can't argue saving £30 though - would stick with something more central next time but was worth the price I paid for the ticket.
We saw 'Book of Mormon' at the Prince of Wales last night (5th March 2013). I would say for this show the best seats are the front centre stalls up to around half way back. I wouldn't want to be much further away or upstairs, I think you wouldn't feel as involved. I was in E14 and that was a pretty much perfect seat with a ton of legroom. Technically the sound was great, I had read comments from people missing too many lyrics from the front stalls but they must have corrected this over first few previews. The staff at the theatre are amazingly friendly as well, from the lady who excitedly told me I had great seats to the ushers inside.
As for the show, it was one of the most enjoyable comedy musicals I have ever seen. Its a shame if the word of mouth or review concentrate on any "shock" factor in some of the songs or swearing because really the joy of the show is its warm heart. We all have different tastes of course but I personally can't understand anyone not getting caught up in its lovable characters and catchy songs. I thought it was hysterically funny too, I laughed constantly all night. I would say to people try to see it as soon as possible with Gavin Creel and Jared Gertner who were brought over from the US casts, they are both very special in their roles.
The Book of Mormon, 5th March 2013, Prince of Wales Theatre, Circle B13. Safety rail very slightly obscured the view of the front of stage. Theatre was very warm.
"The Book of Mormon" was not high on my wish list after hearing an interview of Trey Parker and Matt Stone and snippets of the music on radio 4. So when my partner bought tickets as a birthday surprise I was not exactly enthusiastic. It didn't take long to win me over though. From the opening number, "Hello!", featuring trainee Mormons with too many teeth, ringing on doorbells it was clear that the interviewer (Humphries) had got it completely wrong. This IS a traditional musical, although with modern (adult) language.
The music is old-fashioned, and not at all challenging, with multiple references to other musicals (Annie, Sound of Music, Lion King) but it works well, particularly in the ensemble pieces. There's plenty of melody and harmony and a lot of dance, again it's the old fashioned variety, with much to please. The humour is puerile and to get the most out of it you have to put your frontal lobes on hold. The first half zipped along. The creators have a reputation for shock and vulgarity and this is certainly not a musical for children or anyone who is easily offended. Most of the people I overheard during the interval commented that it "wasn't at all shocking or offensive", which is a surprising conclusion for a musical that depicts Africans as baby raping savages who live in mud huts. The second half was better, perhaps because I had acclimatised to the humour.
There were plenty of laughs throughout, and for me "Turn It Off" and "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream" were the stand-out funny numbers.
Had an impromptu visit to London yesterday (10th March 2013) having managed to get a ticket for BOM in the week – thanks to the Delfont Mackintosh website for releasing some last minute tickets!
Sat in the stalls, K14 which was the end of the aisle. A perfect view of the stage, although the very top was missing. Apparently this means I missed a spinning statue of Jesus or something like that at the start of each act but if that’s all I'm not complaining. It felt close enough to the stage to feel involved in the action, but far enough away to take everything in. With this show, there is so much going on on stage I think this was an advantage. I think the Prince Of Wales is probably the most generous London theatre I have been in for legroom, and even at 6' 5" I felt that there was plenty of room. If only other theatres could have the same money spent on them to help improve this situation.
The show itself? Firstly this cast is fantastic, there is not a weak link amongst them. Particular standouts though were Gavin Creel, Stephen Ashfield and Alexia Khadime, but this would be as much to do with their roles being so prominent as opposed to any fault on the part of others.
The show is completely outrageous, those who want to be offended will find plenty to be offended by, those who want a good laugh will find even more to enjoy. I was particularly impressed by the fact that the show did have real heart in amongst all the mayhem and tasteless humour, and had that wonderful freewheeling feel where I genuinely didn't know what was going to happen next. Because of this, I am not sure how well it would stand up to repeat viewings as the element of surprise was a big factor in my enjoyment. A lot of the laughs are created from a "I can't believe they just said / did that" kind of perspective, so overfamiliarity would blunt that. However, I feel the rush to get tickets is justified.
This is a show in supremely good shape, and is different to anything else that is around at the moment. I do wonder what the Daily Mail will make of it come review time. I can only imagine what my wife would have said if she had come with me!!!!
Firstly, this must be one of the best theatres in London, a really beautiful restoration. We sat in Dress Circle row G 25 and 26 in the centre block, not a seat we would normally book but found it excellent with plenty of legroom (6’1”). The upright, straight backed seats were very comfortable and there was a very steep rake which meant a great view - but the stairs were not to be negotiated in high heels or by anyone with vertigo.
As for the musical itself - it was different, outrageously offensive, full of blasphemy, very funny and we loved it! We rarely stopped laughing at this daring comedy with many useful pointers to religion and left with a much deeper understanding of Mormonism. Unless you’re very broadminded, it could be mistaken for a hoax – a sort of Emperor’s New Clothes. It would be easy to be offended but it was much easier to laugh.
Visitors must be very broad minded to enjoy (or otherwise endure) this adult musical. Book of Mormon mocks Mormons, all other religions, most other musicals (especially Lion King) and just about everything it can get its hands on. Jokes and songs about rape, Ugandan warlords and female circumcision make you both laugh and catch your breath when sung live in front of you.
Technically, the show was superb with great ensemble pieces and good old fashioned choreography. The leads parts played by Jared Gertner and Gavin Creel were excellent, as was Alexia Khadime as the eager to be converted Ugandan - although some of her lyrics were lost maybe due to her very strong African accent or more likely the audience laughing. There was also a great cameo from Chris Jammau as the warlord leader. Our favourite songs were ‘Hello’ (with so many teeth!) and ‘Switch It Off’.
It was a funny and lightweight musical comedy and thought-provoking too. Recommended for all broadminded adult groups.
I went to see 'The Book of Mormon' last night (8th April 2013) and was sat in the Stalls in seat M31.
The Prince of Wales is a truly beautiful theatre and definitely worth turning up earlier to have a look around. It looks far larger in images but I felt it to be very intimate when I arrived. I could see the entire stage clearly although the top of the arch is cut off by the overhang. You do miss the angel on top of the arch when it lights up but that was very minor. Overall a fantastic and comfortable seat to enjoy the show from.
The show itself was brilliant! It was so great to see an original story and original music in one show. The incredibly slick production and music resemble a traditional musical, the story and words don't, which make it an interesting coupling. I didn't particularly mind the humour, probably because I'm used to the work of Mr Stone and Mr Parker, but it did manage to shock me a few times, not that I mind one bit! There's no need for overly complex sets and special effects to keep your interest when the book and music is that good. Yet there's enough eye candy that you'd expect from a Broadway show. I assure you if you can see past the expletives you'll see there's a warm heart there too.
I was quite surprised to see Elder Price isn't quite the lead of the show, I felt Elder Cunningham was really the lead character, although I know they're a pair being the leads together. The entire cast was full of energy and gave a fantastic performance in all respects.
I'm full of praise for this show.
8th April 2013.
Circle A11, 12 and 13.
The most hyped up show in recent times has landed at the Prince of Wales and does it live up to it all?
Well yes and no. I think they have gone for shock value more than anything else and to squeeze in as many rude songs as possible in the 2.5 hours.
I did think it was hugely entertaining but the hype has got the better of it as I was expecting something exceptional.
There are some truly laugh out loud moments but a couple of cringeworthy ones too. The whole 'raping my baby' references are just not funny and really mar the production - I feel they could of done something else. It didn't raise a titter the night I was there.
'Hello,' 'Switch it off' and 'Mormon Hell Dream' were my favourite parts.
Not a lot else to say. Good show but not the best I've seen.
The seats we had were very good, slightly to the side and very good legroom I thought.
Graham (West Berkshire's most feared critic) (formerly Oxfordshires most feared critic but I've moved..lol)
For the first time ever we have to queue to get in to the theatre even though we have tickets, so there is no chance to have another swift one or order the interval drinks. The audience are pumped from all the hype marketing and ready to have a good time. And it starts with a bang – a classic musical theatre number which could have been on Glee, sung by an All-American group of trainee Mormons who are sharp, and energetic and funny.
The Odd Couple (Top of the Class and the lovable, prone-to-fabrication Dork) are sent to Uganda to convert the locals. Cue Lion-King parodies, more sharp choreography, and an abandonment at my concerns as to whether I would be uncomfortable with the racial stereotyping as the script mocks everyone and includes a self awareness that relaxes me.
I adored the tap dancing number of the Mormon team – and their leader was wonderfully camp and engaging whilst denying his homosexual feelings (“Turn it Off”).
And I did enjoy it. But it wasn’t as out there as I’d thought it was going to be. Nowhere near as surprising as Jerry Springer The Opera, and the music pretty predictable (but easy on the ear for that too). Yes, there is repeated reference to female circumcision, baby rape, fucking frogs. But basically it’s toilet humour. Which is amusing, but didn’t have me rolling. But the dancing is spot on if you like some good hoofing.
Performances all round are really good although the main female’s speaking voice did my head in. On the plus side there aren’t many other musicals that have a song called “F*** you G*d in the mouth, a** and c***.”
Three and a half stars. (Note it got a standing ovation so yet again I am a harder task master than most!).
29th May 2013.
We entered the lottery and we were the last ticket pulled out!! For one ticket!! So my partner had to ditch!! So we queued for returns and at about 1.45pm when we were just about to give up we got returns on row J in the circle which although cramped, we had a great view. We enjoyed the show but glad we only spent £37.50 on the tickets!!
Saturday night, 23rd November 2013, was Book of Mormon (again).
Sorry, but the Broadway production is a bit more brilliant, though the wide proscenium and modern theater interior lends itself well to the “up close” feeling (and seat comfort), given the price. However, I enjoyed the performance more than I did, when I saw it in London last month.
It was the same cast – on the stage, but the audience this time was much more lively, if not explosive with instant and demonstrable reactions to everything on the stage. It’s been said that the audience is an important member of the cast. That was quite apparent on Saturday night.
A couple of flubbed lines and abit of stage litter (my term), but, other than that, the show continues to be flawless, on either side of the Atlantic.
Absolutely fantastic show on New Year's Eve 2013.
Sat in stalls D31/32/33. Premium seats and prices but felt worth it. Lots of legroom and even with a very tall bloke in seat in front able to see all parts of the stage. Excellent viewing angles on whole show.
As Irving Berlin so aptly put it: THERE’S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS! How could something as good as 'THE FULL MONTY' close in the West End after just a few weeks, while a show as meretricious and downright horrible as 'THE BOOK OF MORMON' be such a success and attract such critical praise as well as audience approval? It certainly failed to please me at any level, apart from appreciating the efforts of the hard-working cast.
I am not easily shocked or offended by blasphemy or coarse language when the material is of some quality, as with the wonderful 'Jerry Springer – The Opera,' but I found much of the subject matter here repulsively unattractive. And I guess I was not in the mood to be entertained by the countless references to other musicals and to contemporary events and celebrities. I found them all somewhat irrelevant to what the show itself was about, which in itself I failed to relate to.
Now had the show been lampooning Islam …!!! I rather fear my theatre-going days are ending and 'THE BOOK OF MORMON' has done nothing to halt the termination.
We finally got round to seeing this at the weekend, 17th May 2014.
We sat in stalls J2 and 3. Which, despite what they tell you at the box office, do not have a clear and uninterrupted view of the stage. You do lose quite a bit of the right hand side. Being a dedicated box user it did not bother me, but the people behind us were not happy. The leg room is excellent though, and I was served ice cream in my seat, can't complain about that.
I tend to avoid the really hyped shows as they rarely live up to the hype, but, I am always willing to admit to being wrong. Yes it is blasphemous, and a bit puerile in places, if I wanted to I could have been very offended. However, I am quite happy to take it at the level at which I believe it is intended to be taken.. The smile never left my face, and I laughed like a drain for a good part of the performance. It is fresh, different, and very entertaining, and in many ways so very truthful. Elder Price's twin has knocked on my door many times.
They deserve every award that they won.
I was bludgeoned into seeing this by our teenage daughter (she pulled that fast one where she ‘took’ her father to see it for his birthday while I paid for the three tickets). I’m not huge fan of 'South Park' and am of the view that while one well placed ’f*ck’ is often amusing (c/r Robert Lindsay in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) it wearies with repetition.
'The Book of Mormon' is a slick enough all singing, snappy, shoe shuffling production but outrageous and shocking? Hmm, for Middle America maybe but no one at The Prince of Wales threw up their hands in horror the night we went. The whole gay trope although predictable and fun appeared tired (maybe I had just had a surfeit of re-runs of 'The Producers' – another camp Hitler - and 'Cage Aux Folles' plus a memorable afternoon at 'Forbidden Broadway'). What I didn’t expect to feel was uncomfortable and sad. Against the background of the current FGM debate here and the activities of Boko Harem the ‘African’ elements of the piece felt a little trashy and misplaced. The Mormon barbs were well aimed but I’m not sure that others weren’t unnecessarily maimed in the cross fire.
What was undeniably outrageous was the price of the seats and the fact that for top whack I got a restricted view – despite the perfectly good seats either side being the same price. However, having pitched down the steps (not literally but nearly) from the back of the circle to our aisle seats in row B I had a certain fond regard for the safety rail that blocked my sightline. If you’re no longer familiar with the trek up into The Gods be prepared for a trip down memory lane. You may be seated at the front of the ‘Dress’ but effectively you enter from the back of the ‘Balcony’. There is only one circle and it is very steep. Those in the boxes / slips also enter the same way and also appear to have to crawl through row A. If you intend to head to the loo / bar during the interval be prepared for a prompt mountain sprint up those steps unless you want to spend the entire break jammed into the stairwell.
Chatting with friends post show someone remarked that he wasn't sure what to make of the experience, I knew what he was getting at; it was either great or just stupid. Perhaps another viewing would confirm one of these to be true.
Some really catchy musical numbers are littered through the show, highlights include 'Hello,' 'I Believe,' 'Just turn it off' and 'Hasa diga ebowai.' The cast were also excellent, I saw a stand in Elder Price which can sometimes be a blessing in disguise as he really gave it his all and wowed the audience. Another stand out for me was the closeted camp leader of the Ugandan Missionary Mormons, played by Stephen Ashfield.
I didn't find the show laugh out loud funny, that might be because the show relied heavily on banal humour. The 'maggots' gag sent the audience into uproarious states of laughter every time and even the character of Elder Cunningham drew most of his laughs through childish humour. It seems for the entirety of the show the biggest laughs at best brought a chuckle but it does stand as attestation to the quality of the show that I still enjoyed the whole thing even though I was rarely laughing. A sign of a great show is one you would happily watch again, which I would.
Quite simply a show where you don't 'have to turn it on' to enjoy yourself. 3.5 out of five.
Seat Review: I sat in the circle, row D seat 23. I think the first four central rows in the circle are the best seats in the theatre, in terms of getting a full view of the stage, whilst still feeling very close to the action. Sitting in the circle you forget that there are any seats below you, so close are you in proximity to the stage. I think after row G you would feel too high up to be involved though (because of the steep rake), so perhaps the stalls would be better for the same price seats.
Back in London after what seems like a long period away from the West End, I woke up too late to make it to any of the traditional day seat sales so I thought I'd give the Book of Mormon lottery a go. For the record, it was for a Wednesday matinee in late November 2014 and I would estimate around 30-40 people had submitted an entry form. One nice touch from the guys handing out the forms was to look out for people only buying one ticket, pair them up with another 'lottery buddy' and get them both to change their requests to 2 tickets - this doubles your chances and gives you someone to chat to. Anyway, I was paired with a friendly girl from South Korea and, to my amazement, my name was 4th or 5th to be called out!
As for the show, my feelings are reflected in previous reviews. It isn't the funniest 'rude' musical ever (Avenue Q beats it hands down) but it is so feelgood and so professionally staged and performed that I loved every minute.
Advantages of the front row are the feeling of complete immersion in the show, tons of eye contact with the cast and a huge amount of legroom (I'm 6' and hate cramped theatres). The main downside is the band drowning out around 15% of the lyrics in the bigger numbers (my seat was A21). This didn't bother me, however - I was just thrilled to be there. The cast really was outstanding, with special credit due to A.J. Holmes. I must admit I developed quite a crush on his awkward, insecure Elder Cunningham.
After dropping the wife off at the Cambridge Theatre to see “Matilda,” I went to see “The Book of Mormon,” (which I had been wanting to see for a very long time - but the high cost set by the dynamic pricing had always put me off). After taking theatremonkey advice, I looked for a midweek matinee performance with the intention of getting second price tickets. Checked 26th November 2014 matinee performance and the circle front row had a choice of £50 or £75 tickets... I ummed and ahhed about it for a bit... and in the end thought it might be better plumping for A24 at £75 than A37 13 seats away for £25 less. In the end, I'm glad I did. Closer to the performance date, row B behind my seat went to second price - so I suppose I could have waited and saved £25 for more or less the same view - but at least on row A you can stretch out your legs! I so preferred it when you knew what you were paying for your seat up front, and didn’t have to worry about prices going up or down!
I have to admit I found the show very funny. I wasn't really sure what to expect - from the opening "Hello" to the final "I have maggots" joke it was a pure pleasure to watch. Yes, it does sail pretty close to the wind at times - and there are notable moments when you hear the audience take a deep intake of breath as they wonder if the cast really said what they thought they said...
The cast are absolutely amazing, and not a weak link among them. The two leads play off each other very well, so I guess they must have been working together for a while. Both Billy Tighe and AJ Holmes have superb voices; also worth mentioning is Stephen Ashfield, who plays the lead elder in Africa - absolutely great voice and such a great funny way to play the role.
The music is very catchy, “Hello,” “Turn It Off” and “I Believe” are three of the songs I’ve found myself humming - much my to my wife’s annoyance :-)
For all the shocking references you will have heard of from other reviews, you will find this show really has a heart. SPOILER ALERT The scene where the Mormons finally convert all the village to Mormonism and baptise them is so moving this theatregoer almost had tears in his eyes - it was so moving SPOILER ends.
The age range of the audience surprised me; you went from teens right up to elderly - so this is a show which does seem to cater to all ages.
The first act zips by very quickly - I couldn’t believe an hour could go so quickly.
While I enjoyed it, I don’t think I would have wanted to pay much more to see it. At the evening performance, the seat I was sitting in would have cost me £150. I enjoy the theatre - but that is a serious amount of money. The producers are obviously filling seats up, so people must be prepared to pay that (I looked, for reference, at some other performance dates and tickets were up to £202) but not this theatregoer.
"Musical of the Century?” I wouldn't go so far as to say that. Would I go again? Yes definitely, perhaps when it goes touring - which surely it must do sometime and hopefully cheaper.
I sat in Dress Circle seat A24 - this is front row and dead centre to the stage. Lots of legroom so you can stretch out. Fantastic view of the whole stage, and you do feel like you could just reach out and touch the actors as they feel so close. A lighting rig stretches across the front of the circle, but it just covers the view of the orchestra pit and doesn't impede your view of the stage and isn't really noticed once the musical starts. Definitely worth the money that I paid (£75), but would not have wanted to have paid £150+ for it - which dynamic pricing often dictates.
£75 pound ticket, stalls B36, my opinion: the show is a little bit overhyped.
Me and my boyfriend sat in stalls seats M23 and M24. The view was perfect, close to the stage, sound was perfect, your seats are situated so you look inbetween the big gap between the people in front of you so people's heads don't get in the way if someone is 7ft in front of you. The leg room was perfect too. My boyfriend is 6" 4 so I was worried he would be squashed but he had good room.
This show was my boyfriend's first West End show and I found it hard to find one that wasn't girly, sad or camp. "Book of Mormon" was a perfect choice - we were crying with laughter. Would highly recommend our seats and the show.
We was in the middle distance back and distance into the row. I found it hard to find seats at a reasonable price for a good view. I found a good website called Delfont Mackintosh Theatres http://www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk.
Friday 4th September 2015 – Evening Performance.
It took me a while, but I finally persuaded my wife to see "The Book Of Mormon;" she’s heard me singing the songs in the house and I assured her it wasn’t as offensive as she probably thought – this would be my second time seeing it.
As this was a Friday evening performance, tickets were expensive, so I thought I was going to have to maybe sit further back that I maybe wanted to. I tried several times over 2 days to book, but every time I tried, “the systems were down” and could I ring another number (I had theatre tokens to use so wanted to put them towards the ticket cost). I gave up and tried again a couple of days later and was finally put through to someone who could actually help. I had had a look at the delfont mackintosh website and knew seats E22 and E23 in the dress circle were available for £72.50 each so was all set to claim them. I told him which seats I wanted and he said “why do you want to sit there?” I was slightly taken aback and said that’s the price range I want to have... he then said seats A22 and A23 were available in the dress for the same price (when I looked on the site they were £152.50 each) – it took me all of a millisecond to snap them up – it looks like this time dynamic pricing worked in my favour – I assume it wasn’t selling so prices were reduced!
The show is still as funny and moving as ever and does have a vibe and atmosphere about it which is hard to explain. Even knowing the jokes and songs that are coming up didn’t spoil things for me and it still seems to go over far too quickly. I have to be honest and say the 2 current leads weren’t quite as strong as the pair I caught last time (don’t get me wrong, they were good, but Elder Price’s (Nic Rouleau's) voice seemed a bit weaker and drowned out by the music in parts (the sound mix was very loud). He also maybe made it a bit too obvious about the doubts he was having in his mind about things about the religion. Elder Cunningham (Brian Sears), although a Broadway veteran of the Mormon cast, played him almost too silly for the first act. I know he’s supposed to be a funny character but it was a bit OTT – second act he was much better though; and the things he called Nubulangi instead of her real name were very funny (he called her Nigel Farage at one point which brought a huge laugh).
Denee Benton as Nubulungi was an excellent singer with a sweet voice and her father (Richard Lloyd) was good too .
The best way I can put how good it was is my sceptical wife laughed all the way through and at the end was the first to get out of her seat and give the cast a standing ovation at the end which they thoroughly deserved. She has now become a convert to the “Book of Mormon” and will go forth and tell everyone how much fun it is.
Programmes are good value too – both small and large programmes were available to buy for £8 the pair – the larger programme tells you all about the development of the songs and is well worth it.
We sat in the Dress Circle next to where I sat last time - seats A22 and A23. About as good as you can get, dead centre to the stage with great legroom and a great view of the whole stage. I sat in A22 and did have a camera with a bright green light in view of me (which I thought would be annoying, but once the show started I didn’t even notice it).
Saturday matinee, April 8th 2017. Went with eldest daughter to see Book of Mormon. What a fantastic show. We loved it. Very funny, very spectacular. I didn't find it offensive at all despite some jaw dropping moments and a barrage of bad language. It certainly drove home some truths about religion!
We sat in the dress circle. Seats 12 & 13. Row E. £50 each booked in advance on the theatre's website. I see that it is possible to pay up to £200 for seats. Utter madness. Our seats offered a perfect, uninterrupted view of the stage. The circle is tiered so that it makes no difference who sits in front of you as you are high enough to see over them. And talking of 'high'...when you enter the circle from the back, crikey, it's high! I really struggled to get down to Row E. There are no handrails to help you. A member of staff helped me and even offered to find me a seat in the stalls but I wanted to stay with my daughter so I persevered...and once seated it didn't seem quite so bad!
14th June 2017. (Matinee).
I teamed up with a Korean girl for the lottery (her 5th attempt, my 2nd), this time we both got lucky. Front row center (A27) for 20 £ - not bad at all. The stage is low, there’s legroom enough to stretch, it just doesn’t get much better than that.
Funnily, Mormon wasn’t the „filthiest“ West End show I saw that day, (that honour belongs to „Our Ladies Of Perpetual Succour“). The show’s humour relies heavily on racial, religious, and sexual stereotypes. I’m not quite certain whether the writers used them ironically, or if they simply used them to get a cheap laugh. Personally, I’m not easily offended, and I can forgive much for a good joke (or even a silly one), so I had a really good time.
Sidenote: Maybe it’s just me, but I felt Cody Jamison Strand, who was playing Elder Cunningham, was almost doing a Josh Gad impression instead of just playing the role. I’m sure the character is written that way, and Gad has a very distinct persona, but Strand’s facial expressions and mannerisms were so similar, it almost got distracting a few times.
Went on Monday 19th March 2018, got day seats. Was really well organised and approx. 30 people entered into the draw. I was lucky enough to get two tickets and fantastic view from the front row where I was sitting. The stage isn't too high so has a very good view! Would highly recommend this to anyone, but be prepared as I'm sure the other days would be much busier, so do book if you really want to see the show! It's an amazing production and had me laughing throughout!
We went, at last, to see this show last night (9th February 2019) having had so many recommendations over the last few years. My daughter had raved about it, so I decided to invest.
We sat in H 4 & 5 in the Circle, it's quite a small theatre so there's no upper circle. View was clear and with no need to lean forward to catch the front of the stage.
The show is brilliant, great timing, clever songs and great sets. I would advise anyone with a nervous or sensitive disposition not to go....its rude, very non PC and probably very offensive to some.
But we thoroughly enjoyed the whole show and the theatre was packed so we weren't alone in our appreciation.
As I mentioned, it's still difficult to find very cheap tickets, probably due to the fact that there is no "cheaper" upper circle or balcony. I paid £40 each for ours, but would say it's worth paying for a great show like 'Book of Mormon.'
I doubt you've had many poor reviews and if I had a bottomless theatre budget I would certainly buy for all my friends!!
Tuesday 14th May 2019
Having collected my ticket hours beforehand, I arrived at 7.20pm, and then had to join a queue of fellow ticket holders which stretched all the way down the side of the building, as there was just one person allocated to do bag checks at the head of the line.
Come half past seven, there was still a substantial line, but no extra member of FoH staff was brought in to help.
Once past the head of the line (I had no bag to check anyway!) everybody was being chivvied to get to their seats as fast as possible as it was past curtain time. Completely ludicrous. If your bag checks are too slow, add more checkers.
It’s no way to put your audience in a good mood for the start of the show, and left me in a very grumpy mood until the interval. (Couldn’t pre-order my drink because they’d already shut the bar before I even got into the theatre.)
Poorly done, Prince of Wales.
The monkey advises checking performance times on your tickets and that performances are happening as scheduled, before travelling.
Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm
Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Runs 2 hours 30 minutes approximately.
Theatres use "dynamic pricing." Seat prices change according to demand for a particular performance. Prices below were compiled as booking originally opened. Current prices are advised at time of enquiry.
A very wide variation, by both performance date and dependent on demand for tickets at the time, means that pricing changes too rapidly to set out a full list. The diagrams show the most common price layouts, and are available here. Actual prices will be confirmed at the time of purchase - see www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk or www.bookofmormonlondon.com for details.
Expect to pay between £97.50 and £22.50 at "off peak" performances and from £200 to £32.50 at "peak" times. The earlier you book, for the least popular dates (outside school holiday periods), the lower prices are likely to be.
"Day Seats": A 'lucky draw lottery' will be held for 21 (often stalls row A - but changable at venue discretion) tickets before each performance. At 5pm each evening / Noon for afternoon performances, personal callers at the venue box office can enter their names for the right to buy up to 2 tickets for £20 each.
Entries will close at 5.30pm / 12.30pm and a draw will take place at that time. Only ONE entry is allowed per person - this will be checked and multiple applications mean disqualification.
Winners must be present when results are announced, bring valid ID with them. A reader in 2016 says that they accepted card payment as well as cash, but still required name ID. This draw is subject to availability.
A single pair of seats for each performance is also sold at £20 per ticket via a weekly online Twitter lottery, from 12 noon (UK Time) every Wednesday for the following week - see https://thebookofmormonmusical.com/london/ for details.
https://thebookofmormonmusical.com/london/ tickets has updates on the latest availability of normal tickets, including information on returns and ticket releases.
Ticket price includes a £1 per ticket contribution towards refurbishment of Cameron Mackintosh / Delfont Mackintosh venues.