The much-anticipated London production of controversial musical The Book Of Mormon will begin previews next February at the Prince of Wales theatre.
Penned by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez, The Book Of Mormon opened at Broadway’s Eugene O’Neill theatre last year to critical acclaim with The New York Times describing it as “the best musical of this century.”
The winner of nine Tony Awards, the outrageous satire musical takes shots at everything from organised religion to consumerism, the state of the economy and the musical theatre genre itself.
Set in a small town in Uganda, the controversial and hilarious show tells the story of two young Mormon missionaries who are bringing the news of the Latter Day saints to local villagers. Shocked at the cultural differences, the pair must battle to successfully share the scriptures with the local people who are more concerned with war, famine, poverty and AIDS than religion.
Featuring an award-winning score, the show is not for the easily offended with songs including Spooky Mormon Hell Dream, I Am Africa, Baptize Me, All American Prophet and Tomorrow Is A Latter Day.
The original Broadway creative team will reunite to bring the production to London with Parker co-directing alongside the show’s choreographer Casey Nicholaw.
Tickets for The Book Of Mormon will go on general sale on 13 September.