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Extension for The Book Of Mormon as The Mentalists Closes

Wednesday, 29th Jul 2015

Changes to the Booking Periods of Two High Profile west end shows

The Book of Mormon enters the spotlight once again this week as the popular musical announces the latest in a long line of booking extensions in the West End. The news emerges as another show, The Mentalists, announces its early closure at the Wyndham’s Theatre.

The Book Of Mormon is one of the most popular musicals in town and has been ever since it opened at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 2013. Meanwhile, The Mentalists is a new addition to the capital, having opened earlier this month, and it features Stephen Merchant in a lead role.

South Park and Avenue Q creators Trey Parker & Matt Stone and Robert Lopez are the creative minds behind The Book Of Mormon, which sees Mormon missionaries heading out to Uganda to spread the world of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. But they are trying to deliver this message in a desperate world and it soon becomes clear that the local residents are more concerned with disease, famine and war than with religion.

The award-winning musical has found great success on both sides of the Atlantic, with the Broadway version winning much praise and the West End version winning numerous Olivier Awards. With this in mind it is unlikely that its popularity will wane any time soon as it announces its latest booking extension to Saturday 14th November 2015.

The Mentalists, however, has had the opposite fate. The comedy comes from the pen of Richard Bean (best known in recent years for One Man, Two Guvnors and Great Britain) and features Stephen Merchant in a lead role.

The play was first seen at the National Theatre over ten years ago and sees the characters of Ted (Merchant) and Morrie (Steffan Rhodri) confront their relationship as they spend time with one another in a hotel in Finsbury Park. Abbey Wright directs the revival.

Having opened earlier this month, The Mentalists will close on Saturday 29th August 2015, almost a month earlier than its initally-planned closure at the end of September.

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