Witty, hilarious and thought provoking; the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, now present to you The Book of Mormon.
Since the very first showing of The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre, I had been eager to get my hands on some tickets!
Unfortunately, a student budget might prohibit you from indulging in such luxuries, with prices ranging from around £40.00 – £150.00 per ticket. Luckily, there is a solution! The ‘Mormon Lottery’ gives you the chance to win up to 2 front-row tickets! (for more information on this, you can visit http://www.bookofmormonlondon.com/tickets.php#ticket-lottery)
As they say, fifth time lucky? After braving some cold Autumn afternoons in central London (and becoming quite well known and recognised by the Mormon Lottery staff), finally my lottery ticket was drawn – and it was so worth the wait!
Similar to its cartoon cousin South Park, The Book of Mormon bursts full of dark humour and satire, which forces you look critically at the world around you, yet has you in stitches all the while.
Contrary to what the title may lead you to assume, The Book of Mormon tackles many current issues, such as homophobia, AIDS and poverty, and does not simply poke fun of the Mormon religion.
The play follows the lives of two young Mormon missionaries, Elder Price and Elder Cunningham, as the pair are sent to Uganda, where disease and political unrest is rife.
Elder Price and Elder Cunningham’s mission is to bring hope to the ugandan people, through the teachings of The Book of Mormon. Soon after arriving, they meet Nabulungi; a young Ugandan woman, who dreams of a better life.
Parker and Stone toy with the juxtaposition of these characters lives throughout the show, which evokes both eruptions of laughter and gasps of shock.
The theatre show draws attention to some incredibly distressing truths, such as the presence of murderous rebel groups, little to no police protection and the mutilation of women’s genitalia in Africa.
Though The Book of Mormon is without doubt highly entertaining and funny, through the recurring theme of Western privilege, it is also incredibly humbling.
Such privileges are humorously highlighted through the simple absence of a doorbell; this throws a naive Elder Cunningham, as his Mormon door-to-door etiquette training had always involved the use of such apparatus.
The musical production and the actors performances are well above exceptional, earning the cast and crew of The Book of Mormon a well deserved standing ovation from the entire theatre.
I would definitely recommend The Book of Mormon. Though tickets may seem a bit pricey, with Christmas coming up, it’s definitely worth putting your Christmas list!