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The Mormons were described as friendly and well dressed

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The Book of Mormon runs at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre ,Dublin until 4th December.
Picture : Paul Coltas/Bord Gais Energy Theatre

The Book of Mormon runs at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre ,Dublin until 4th December. Picture : Paul Coltas/Bord Gais Energy Theatre

Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the brains behind hit musical The Book of Mormon. Pic: Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the brains behind hit musical The Book of Mormon. Pic: Jason Kempin/Getty Images

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The Book of Mormon runs at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre ,Dublin until 4th December. Picture : Paul Coltas/Bord Gais Energy Theatre

Theatre goers attending the opening night of The Book of Mormon at the Bord Gais Theatre this week were greeted by practising Mormons trying to encourage them to join their church.

The Broadway musical opened on Wednesday at the Dublin venue for a five week run.

Among well known faces who attended its glitzy opening night were former 2FM DJ Louise McSharry, Virgin Media presenter Alan Hughes and rising Tik Tok comedian Darren Conway.

The theatre is hosting nearly 2,000 fans a night and some of them attending Wednesday’s opening were greeted by members of the Mormon religion outside, trying to engage with them.

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Clint Drieberg and David Mitchell  pictured at the opening of the musical 'The Book of Mormon' at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre,Dublin. Pic Brian McEvoy

Clint Drieberg and David Mitchell pictured at the opening of the musical 'The Book of Mormon' at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre,Dublin. Pic Brian McEvoy

Clint Drieberg and David Mitchell pictured at the opening of the musical 'The Book of Mormon' at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre,Dublin. Pic Brian McEvoy

“They are in the traditional pairs of two and are located outside the theatre and also on side streets greeting people coming out,” explains one observer.

“They are American and quite friendly, dressed in suits and ties.”

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Louise McSharry pictured at the opening of the musical 'The Book of Mormon' at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre,Dublin.
Pic Brian McEvoy

Louise McSharry pictured at the opening of the musical 'The Book of Mormon' at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre,Dublin. Pic Brian McEvoy

Louise McSharry pictured at the opening of the musical 'The Book of Mormon' at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre,Dublin. Pic Brian McEvoy

The musical is written by Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez. Parker and Stone are the creators of South Park

The Book of Mormon follows a pair of Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place that’s a long way from their home in Salt Lake City.

Since making its world premiere in March 2011 at New York’s Eugene O’Neill Theatre, where it won nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, The Book of Mormon has been performed on three continents and won over thirty international awards.

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Clint Drieberg and David Mitchell  pictured at the opening of the musical 'The Book of Mormon' at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre,Dublin. Pic Brian McEvoy

Clint Drieberg and David Mitchell pictured at the opening of the musical 'The Book of Mormon' at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre,Dublin. Pic Brian McEvoy

Clint Drieberg and David Mitchell pictured at the opening of the musical 'The Book of Mormon' at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre,Dublin. Pic Brian McEvoy

The London production opened in February 2013, winning four Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, and breaking the record for the highest single day of sales in West End history. It has sold out every one of its 2,936 performances to date at the Prince of Wales Theatre.

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The Mormon religion, which is also called the church of Latter Day Saints, was founded by Joseph Smith in upstate New York during the 1820s.

Its membership contains nearly 16 million and is principally centred around Salt Lake City in Utah.

Devotees do not drink alcohol, coffee, tea, or smoke tobacco.

The religion allows its members to have multiple wives or husbands.

They frequently send members around the world in pairs to knock on doors and try and encourage people to join their religion.

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