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Gavin Creel as Elder Price and Jared Gertner as Elder Cunningham in The Book of Mormon at The Prince of Wales Theatre in the West End. Picture: Joan Marcus

The Book of Mormon premieres in the West End

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
11.30 AM

Hundreds of people braved freezing temperatures to queue for hours for the opening of The Book of Mormon in the West End.

Gavin Creel as Elder Price in The Book of Mormon at The Prince of Wales Theatre in the West End. Picture: Joan MarcusGavin Creel as Elder Price in The Book of Mormon at The Prince of Wales Theatre in the West End. Picture: Joan Marcus

South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the writers of the hit show, which sold out for its Broadway run, introduced the play on stage.

The play premiered at the Prince of Wales Theatre ahead of its official opening on March 21.

Parker said to the audience: “We’re so excited to be here for the fan performance.

“We heard some of you lined up overnight and we just wanted to say, from the bottom of our hearts...you’re...crazy.”

Gavin Creel as Elder Price and Jared Gertner as Elder Cunningham with the company of The Book of Mormon at The Prince of Wales Theatre in the West End. Picture: Joan MarcusGavin Creel as Elder Price and Jared Gertner as Elder Cunningham with the company of The Book of Mormon at The Prince of Wales Theatre in the West End. Picture: Joan Marcus

The controversial musical, about a pair of young Mormon boys sent on a mission to another country, reportedly drew some protesters ahead of last night’s performance.