The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 2013
The Broadway Hit from South Park Creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone Headed to the West End Next March
Last year “The Book of Mormon” opened its doors at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre in New York, quickly becoming one of the most talked-about Broadway shows in years. With writing duties carried out by “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, as well as “Avenue Q” talent Robert Lopez, it was a high profile venture already, but it soon brought in positive critical reviews and eventually landed an abundance of Tony Awards.
So to call a West End version inevitable is an understatement. There has been talk of a London production since it first made its way to the stage and this has now been confirmed with a start date of March 2013 announced at the Prince of Wales Theatre. The news emerges courtesy of Baz Bamigboye in the Daily Mail, who also points out that the next job is to find actors to take on the roles played by Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells on the other side of the Atlantic.
When “The Book of Mormon” arrives those with theatre tickets will see a show in which two Mormon missionaries land in Uganda, where they attempt to share the Book of Mormon with the inhabitants of a remote village, whose lives are under threat from a vicious warlord. But when problems such as poverty and AIDS are prevalent, it is difficult to get through to them. As the show is from the creator of some well known outrageous comedies it can be expected that there is plenty of humour along the way, with religion under the spotlight throughout the performance.
Matt Stone and Trey Parker are well known for creating the hit animated comedy series “South Park”, which has been running since the late 1990s and is famous not only for featuring foul-mouthed children but also for its satirical edge that has earned it many fans. They have also been behind movies such as “BASEketball”, “Orgazmo” and, more recently, “Team America: World Police”.
The Prince of Wales Theatre is currently the home of “Mamma Mia!” though that production is set to end there in September before transferring to the Novello Theatre. “The Book of Mormon” will then follow next March.