Nauvoo & British Pageants

Location: Near the Corner of Partridge & White Streets

These two stirring 90-minute outdoor presentations share the stories of those who built Nauvoo or emigrated from the British Isles in the 1840s. With words taken from journals, sermons, and historical records, the pageants weave personal experiences with song and dance, inviting all to feel the powerful testimonies of those faithful Church members.

Running four weeks each summer,  the free performances begin at 8:30 p.m.  The Nauvoo Pageant runs Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. The British Pageant is on Wednesday and Friday. 

The 2021 season runs July 6-31.

Find out more about the Nauvoo and British Pageants by clicking on the links below.
 
Although no tickets are required for either pageant, visitors may reserve seats a few hours before the performance. See more details below.

The 2021 Pageant Season runs July 6-31

Nauvoo Pageant

A stirring presentation of the story of Nauvoo, how it came to be, and what it meant to those who lived there in the 1840s. In doing so, the Nauvoo Pageant pays tribute to the Prophet Joseph Smith, commemorates the building of the original Nauvoo Temple, and celebrates universal themes of faith, family, and community.
Days:
Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays
Showtimes:
8:30 p.m.
Location:
Pageant Stage
Tickets:
No Tickets Required, but YOU May reserve seats.

How to Reserve Seats

Beginning at 2 p.m. daily, those wishing to reserve seats for THAT NIGHT may go to one of five kiosks around the Pageant area to get tape, paper and string. Write your name and number of seats to be reserved on the paper (e.g., Jones 4). Cut the length of string you need to drape across that number of chairs. Search for seats that have not already been reserved and tie or loop the string on chair arms, connecting them together.  Tape the paper with your name and number of seats to the string, NOT TO THE CHAIRS.  If several seats are being reserved, put more than one paper along the string for greater clarity. Please do not move another person’s string.

On any day, you may only reserve seats for that night’s performance.

Country Fair

Come early to the pageant and enjoy the Nauvoo Country Fair! A favorite activity for young and young at heart, guests enjoy 20 different 1840’s style games and activities hosted by family cast members dressed in period costumes.

Starts at 7 p.m., no ticket or reservation required, and no donations accepted

British Pageant

Also called “The Truth Will Prevail,” the British Pageant was first performed in Preston, England, and began its run in the United States in 2015.  It chronicles early missionary efforts in the British Isles that inspired thousands of converts to emigrate to Nauvoo.

Days:
Wednesdays & Fridays
Showtimes:
8:30 p.m.
Location:
Pageant Stage
Tickets:
No Tickets Required, but YOU May reserve seats.

How to reserve Seats

Beginning at 2 p.m. daily, those wishing to reserve seats for THAT NIGHT may go to one of five kiosks around the Pageant area to get tape, paper and string. Write your name and number of seats to be reserved on the paper (e.g., Jones 4). Cut the length of string you need to drape across that number of chairs. Search for seats that have not already been reserved and tie or loop the string on chair arms, connecting them together.  Tape the paper with your name and number of seats to the string, NOT TO THE CHAIRS.  If several seats are being reserved, put more than one paper along the string for greater clarity. Please do not move another person’s string.

On any day, you may only reserve seats for that night’s performance.

Country Fair

Come early to the pageant and enjoy the Nauvoo Country Fair! A favorite activity for young and young at heart, guests enjoy 20 different 1840’s style games and activities hosted by family cast members dressed in period costumes.

Starts at 7 p.m., no ticket or reservation required, and no donations accepted

Image Gallery

Scroll through our gallery of images from recent performances of the Nauvoo and British Pageants.

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The Nauvoo Pageant tells the story of how Nauvoo was built and what it meant to those who lived there in the 1840s.
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The British Pageant was first performed in 2015 in Preston, England. The show chronicles the mission of Heber C. Kimball and others to the British Isles that inspired thousands of people to emigrate to Nauvoo.
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Both pageants share the faith and courage of early Church members who embraced the Book of Mormon as a companion to the Holy Bible in testifying of Jesus Christ.
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The Nauvoo Pageant pays tribute to the Prophet Joseph Smith, commemorates the building of the Nauvoo Temple, and celebrates universal themes of faith, family, and community.
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Entire families volunteer to perform in the cast.
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Professional actors comprise the main company, often switching roles between each pageant.
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The Nauvoo Pageant recounts the personal interactions Joseph and Emma Smith had with members arriving in Nauvoo. This scene tells of the sacrifices Jane Manning made to travel to Nauvoo.
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Building the Nauvoo temple took the time and resources of nearly everyone in town, as depicted in this scene.
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Performers use narrative, dance, and music to share the story of Nauvoo between 1839-1846.
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Dancing was a common pastime in Nauvoo, and dances are a favorite part of the pageants.
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Each pageant begins with a prayer and the singing of the national anthem of the United States.
Country Fair
Each night before a performance, the Pageant cast hosts a Country Fair. Visitors and performers mingle to play games, make crafts, and learn a dance. Activities begin around 7:00 pm.
Country Fair
Country Fair participants saw logs, watch sock puppet shows, race in gunny sacks, pull handcarts, and more.
Vignettes
Cast members from the pageants act out short historical vignettes throughout the day during Pageant season. These vignettes take place at various locations and times.
Vignettes
Pageant vignettes allow performers to take visitors deeper into the lives of those who called Nauvoo home in the 1840s.
Vignettes
This vignette, called Women of Nauvoo, brings to life the challenges women faced and the faith that carried them through.
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