The 2020 Nauvoo & British Pageants
In Historic Nauvoo, Illinois

You are invited to the 2020 Nauvoo and British Pageants.  
Apply to Participate!

We invite you to stroll the streets and tour the historic homes. See the lively shows by the senior and young performing missionaries. Experience the majestic Nauvoo Temple on the bluff overlooking historic sites. Enjoy inspirational pageant performances.

 We hope to see you here.

Nauvoo Pageant

2020 Dates for the Nauvoo & British Pageants:  July 7 - Aug 1, 2020!

Applications to Participate are being accepted from Sep 1 to Oct 31, 2019
  Apply Here!

This unique historical site of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints allows guests who stroll the streets to see what the original city would have been like in the 1840s. You can receive a souvenir brick at the Brickyard, experience the sights and sounds in the pioneer Blacksmith Shop, and enjoy a ginger snap cookie from the Scovil Bakery. Take a ride in a carriage or wagon pulled by draft horses and hear stories of Old Nauvoo. Visit HistoricNauvoo.net to learn more about over  30 restored historic sites.  Young performing missionaries provide live shows for visitors throughout the day. Don’t miss the patriotic “Sunset by the Mississippi,” offered by the senior and young performing missionaries Monday thru Saturday evenings from Memorial Day to August 10.

The Nauvoo and British Pageants are wonderful additions to your summer in Nauvoo. The pageants celebrate the legacy of the early Latter-day Saint pioneers. The Nauvoo Pageant is on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, the British Pageant on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Games and activities of the 1840s are provided for guests at the pageant preshow celebration and country fair beginning at 7:00 p.m. The outdoor pageant performances begin at 8:30 p.m. No reservations are needed for the country fair or the pageant, and no tickets are required.

The majestic Nauvoo Temple, rebuilt on its original site overlooking the Mississippi River, will be a lasting memory.  

There has never been a better time to come to Nauvoo, and it’s all free! 

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 the amazing story of 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. Applications to serve as cast members are accepted from Sep 1 - Oct 31 each year for the following summer pageant season. See NauvooPageant.org to apply.  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!