Church leaders gave approval in 2011 to develop the British Pageant “Truth Will Prevail” to be performed on the grounds of the Preston, England Temple. The British Pageant, narrated by Arthur Ashton, recounts the message of the Restoration as presented by the first missionaries who arrived in England 186 years ago.
The first British Pageant was first performed in the summer of 2013, the first official Church Pageant in Europe. In speaking of the decision to produce the Pageant, Elder Russell M. Nelson, then of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles explained, “The significance of the British Saints in the history of the Church is without parallel… The Pageant is a bridge-building effort to show the reciprocal relationship ebbing and flowing between Britain and America, very vital to the history of the Church.”
Four years later, the British Pageant was performed for a second time in the summer of 2017. Retelling the history of early converts to the church in the British Isles and how their sacrifices go on to strengthen the growing worldwide church. The pageant was such a success that it went on to also be performed in Illinois, USA alongside the Nauvoo Pageant.
The Nauvoo Pageant “A Tribute to Joseph Smith” was first commissioned in 2004 to commemorate the 200th birthday of the Prophet Joseph Smith in 2005. Narrated by the character Parley P. Pratt, it emphasizes the joy of the early Latter-day Saints as they learned to live the gospel of Jesus Christ through their faith, sacrifice and courage.
The British and Nauvoo Pageants – two of only four remaining pageants produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.