The 2018 Nauvoo & British Pageants

See them this summer. Remember them always. There has never been a better time to visit Historic Nauvoo, Illinois. We hope to see you there!

Nauvoo Pageant

2018 Dates: July 10 - Aug 4 (Tues - Sat)

We are happily preparing for our pageant guests in the Nauvoo & British Pageants this summer. The Nauvoo Pageant is performed Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays with the British Pageant on Wednesdays & Fridays. Pageant guests enjoy 1840's era games and activities in the Preshow Celebration and Country Fair beginning at 7:00 PM. The outdoor pageant performances begin at 8:30 PM. No reservations are needed for the Pageant's Country Fair or the pageant performances, and no tickets are required. Come stroll the streets of old Nauvoo. Visit the dozens of lovely restored historic homes. Experience the magestic Nauvoo Temple on the hill above. And don't miss these inspirational pageant performances this summer!

A Video Glimpse of the Nauvoo Pageant

A Cast Of Hundreds On Stage

The performers consist of a core cast of 20 professional quality actors who perform the speaking parts. They are joined by over a hundred more ensemble cast members on stage each evening. These volunteer cast members are families, couples and individuals who apply to serve at their own expense. Most serve for two weeks and many make great sacrifices to be in the pageant. The core cast serves all summer while the five ensemble family casts serve on a rotating schedule during the pageant season. These ensemble family casts consist of over 600 individuals who volunteer their time to perform each week. These cast members range in age from young todlers to senior citizens. They come from the US, Canada, England and abroad to participate. These dedicated cast members make the Nauvoo & British Pageants come to life telling the true, historic events of Nauvoo.

Young Performing Missionaries in The British Pageant

Many Hundreds More Behind The Scenes

Hundreds of volunteers make sure costumes, food, stage, lighting and other aspects of the pageant run smoothly. These dedicated volunteer staff members spend countless hours making sure every detail is just right. A work crew of over 20 young men donates their services for weeks before and during the pageant season. Others donate supplies that are used in the pageant's Preshow Celebration Country Fair that is held at 7:00 PM each evening before the pageant performance at 8:30 PM Tuesdays through Saturdays.

The British Pageant celebrating the joy of the Saints in the UK

Year Round Nauvoo Activities

There is something fun to do in beautiful Nauvoo year-round. Come enjoy the walking tours, shows and living historic district. Nauvoo is where you can experience history alive every day. In addition to the year-round activities, Nauvoo is the location for many wonderful events and festivals your whole family will enjoy. Many of these events have become regional traditions and attract people from around the world. See our dedicated and talented Senior and Young Performing Missionaries in shows and in the historic homes. If you come in the summer, don't miss the Nauvoo & British Pageants. But if you can't come then, come anytime. We are here waiting for you! for more information. Check the Nauvoo Events Page for more details. See a Map of Nauvoo that will help you when you come for a visit.

Senior & Young Performing Missionaries in Nauvoo shows
Picture Copyright Tom Simpson Photography from website BeautifulNauvoo.com

The Story Told By The Pageants

A cast and crew of more than 1,100 volunteers bring to life early Mormon history in 1840's Nauvoo, Illinois. Early converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the U.S. and England are portrayed in these two outdoor theatrical productions. The pageants tell the story of many church members who left their homelands and sacrificed so much to join with other church members in Nauvoo, Illinois. Their stories of hope, joy and inspiration help us understand the great legacy they left to us to carry on in our own lives.

Joseph and Hyrum in the Nauvoo Pageant

Historical True Accounts Portrayed

The scripts used in the pageants are based on actual journals and historical records from the 1800's as well as traditional and original music. Presenting both the Nauvoo and British pageants allows audiences to view the close and continuing relationship between members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the British Isles and those in the United States. The faith, devotion, and sacrifice of the nineteenth-century British church members helped make possible the flourishing religious community that was established in 1840's Nauvoo, Illinois. The sorrows and trials of the saints is portrayed, but the focus is on the great blessings and joy they received in following a prophet. See Pageant Pictures

Young Cast Members pulling a handcart in the Preshow Celebration's Country Fair

Have You Ever Wondered What It Is Like To Be A Pageant Cast Member?

Serving as a cast member in the Nauvoo British Pageants in Nauvoo, Illinois is an incredible experience. Here are some video clips from the 2016 pageant family ensemble cast. Get a "behind the scenes" glimpse at this unique service opportunity. See "A Day In The Life of a Cast Member" Video Series. See Videos


The Pageant's Preshow Celebration and Country Fair

The Pageant's Country Fair is a favorite of pageant guests. Each night of the pageant at 7:00 PM, guests are invited to stroll the pageant field and take part in over 20 different activites from the 1840's Nauvoo era. Guests saw logs, dance round dances, tie quilts, see puppet shows, play stick ball, try stick pull and stilts, tie rugs, and much, much more. As the sun sets, young pageant guests join a bagpipe parade signaling the beginning of the Pageant performance at 8:30 PM. See Fair Pictures

Young Cast Member plays with hoop in Preshow's Country Fair

Guests enjoy "tug-o-war" during the Country Fair before the Pageant Performance

A Whirligig given to pageant guests in the Preshow's Country Fair

Service Project Opportunities

The Pageant accepts donations of items used in the Pageant's Preshow Celebration and Country Fair. These items include Whirligigs, Hankie Dolls, Rag Strips, Sock Puppets and other items. The thousands of pageant guests that enjoy the Country Fair each evening use these items, and thousands of items are even given as souvenirs each evening. These service opportunites work great for Eagle Scout projects, families, church youth or other group service projects. The items donated by these service projects greatly enhances our guest's pageant experience. We are very grateful for the help we receive each season. If you are interested in helping with these items, see Service Opportunities here.

Guests await the evening's Pageant performance

Robert & Becky Laird are lifted on shoulders in the Nauvoo Pageant

The Nauvoo & British Pageants in Nauvoo, Illinois. See them this summer - Remember them always. There has never been a better time to visit Historic Nauvoo!