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Ding Dong…. Hello…

Yesterday Pete and I struggled through the wintery weather to accompany my Mum and Dad to the theatre to see The Book Of Mormon.

We first became aware of the show when we were in New York in the summer and it was receiving rave reviews then. It’s now come to London and it’s a bonkers show!

The story centres on a pair of 18 year old ‘Elders’, fresh from training and sent to spread the good word. Their missionary position (see what I did there?) is not Orlando as one has dreamed of, instead it’s war torn Uganda!

It’s a very funny musical with plenty of energetic dancing and digs at the ludicrousness of religion. Whatever your religious following, you have to wonder how the Mormon following has grown considering it’s based on some pretty crazy beliefs. Though, since when has blind faith been a problem?

There are plenty of sexual jokes, Lion King jokes, visual gags, some slapstick and overall, a Monty Python silliness that works very well. I was a bit concerned that my Mum and Dad might find the humour a bit childish, the swearing a bit too much and the sexual content over the line… but I needn’t have worried, as they laughed all the way through and loved it.

I’m not usually a huge fan of musicals, but when done well, they can be a great way to spend time.  I’m sure I missed lots of jokes, so we will return for a second viewing later in the year.

Afterwards, we walked to Covent Garden for a meal at Hawksmoor, another branch of the steak restaurant we went to in February. The food was plentiful, expensive and extravagant.  The restaurant was busy and I can’t even share how much the bill was… they make a lot of money there.

We got home exhausted and a bit drunk and had to get up early to get Zac from Grandma’s house before the snow makes it too difficult.

4 comments on “Ding Dong…. Hello…

  1. Raybeard
    March 24, 2013

    Yet another show which looks like an imperative for all avid theatre-lovers. Makes me long like hell for a return to the time when it was possible to frequent the West End just about every week, at a time when I had a lot of dosh (sigh!)..
    This one has had the best reviews I can recall in an extremely long time, to which can now be added your own seal of (very high) approval. And you plan on going a SECOND time! Blimey! (But will you get a seat?) However, I’m EMERALD with envy, you lucky thing.

  2. sfchapman
    March 24, 2013

    I’ve never been a fan of live theatre – usually people around me are too annoying! And I often feel ripped off by the prices. That said, I have seen some great shows (and many bad ones) in the past

  3. Raybeard
    March 25, 2013

    Well, it hardly needs me to tell a seasoned and cultured man like yourself that the technique of witnessing live theatre is so radically different from, say, viewing a film. The theatre is full of conceits, for one thing – the invisible ‘fourth wall’, facing audience and projecting, drinking fake drinks, the presenting of ‘open spaces’, etc etc – all of which require the audience’s imaginations in order to work effectively (and in musicals for people to suddenly start singing). And therein lies the special attraction of live theatre viz. the complicity between performers and spectators, something totally absent on film, and which is the thing that so attracts me, providing a ‘buzz’ which can be felt nowhere else.
    That said, yes, sadly the prices certainly are beyond the reach of some of us ‘plebs’. And for some reason theatre audiences do tend to be more talkative than those in the cinema, often running a commentary or exchanging opinions as the action is going on. More than once have I had to turn round and tell people to just “Shut up!” Maybe it happens less in the cinema because conversations are often drowned out by the fortissimo soundtrack – though the latest curse is talking on mobiles during the film, as well as the distraction of seeing all those blue lights going on and off in the rows in front of you.
    And of course, live theatre is, like everything else, variable – and several times have I left at the interval, sacrificing half or more of an exorbitant price.

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