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Opening Night - A New Musical

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  • Starring: Sheridan Smith
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Opening Night - A New Musical in London


Sheridan Smith

British actress Sheridan Smith, of Shirley Valentine, Legally Blonde and Mrs Biggs fame, is back in town with a fresh new musical theatre treat. This is the world premiere of Opening Night by the songwriter and performer Rufus Wainwright and the multi-award winning director Ivo van Hove, based on the 1977 movie of the same name. The show’s on at the Gielgud Theatre for a strictly limited run, from 6th March to 27th July 2024.

Opening Night tickets – Based on the movie

Opening Night is a 1977 US psychological drama movie written and directed by John Cassavetes, who also played a role in the film. It follows an actress who’s working on the Broadway premiere of a major new show, who witnesses the death of one of her fans and then becomes haunted by the dead woman, drinking even more than usual and sliding towards a breakdown. It’s taut, dramatic and tense, and this updated version of the story is designed to thrill.

See Sheridan Smith in Opening Night

Sheridan Smith first appeared on TV in 1999 as Matilda in ITV's Dark Ages, and she has seldom been off the screen and stage since. Heartbeat, Where the Heart Is, Holby City, The Bill, and The Royle Family made her famous, and Gavin & Stacey set the scene for an even more glittering career.

She’s no stranger to the stage, with West End roles in 2007’s Little Shop of Horrors, 2010’s Legally Blonde, 2016’s Funny Girl, and a 2019 stint in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. Also a singer, her debut album came out in 2017 and the second album the year after.

Two Olivier Awards, a British Academy Television Award, a National Television Award, BPG Award, and two International Emmy Award nominations set her reputation in stone, and in 2015 she was awarded an OBE.

All about Opening Night – taut and tense

What's the story of Opening Night: A New Musical? You’ll follow a theatre company’s preparations for the premiere of a new Broadway show, The Second Woman. Household name actor Myrtle Gordon is well known and wealthy, but troubled. After leaving the theatre one day, the middle-aged actress is signing autographs for her fans. One of them, an obsessive teen, runs into the street after Myrtle and gets knocked down by a car.

Later Myrtle starts seeing the girl’s ghost, and the more often she sees the spectre the more her performance and mental health decline. Faced with potential disaster, everyone is forced to give the performance of their lives. 

The full Opening Night cast and creative team

The remainder of the cast will be announced nearer the time.

The Music and Lyrics are by Rufus Wainwright. The Book is by Ivo van Hove, who also conceived the idea and directs the production. The Associate Director is Daniel Raggett.

Set, Lighting and Video Design are by Jan Versweyveld, and the Costume Design by An D’Huys. Sound Design comes from Tom Gibbons and Alex Twiselton. The Orchestrations are by Rufus Wainwright, with Musical Supervision and Musical Direction by Nigel Lilley. The Movement and Choreography comes from Polly Bennett. The Casting by Julia Horan CDG.

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Opening Night - A New Musical Ticket Information

  • Booking until:

    Monday, 27 May 2024

  • Running time:

    2hr 25min. Incl. 1 interval.

  • Age restrictions

    Ages 14+.

  • Important Information

    The performance includes strobe lighting, a period of continuous flashing lights, and use of haze.

  • Cancellations & Refunds

    Once booked, tickets to Opening Night - A New Musical are usually non exchangeable and non refundable as per our terms & conditions. In practice, however, we will do our best to accommodate your request as long as we are notified at least 48 hours before the performance. Please contact us for more information.

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Opening Night - A New Musical reviews

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Confusing Story

Sheridan Smith and cast give it their all, but storyline is confusing and fairly weak. No real musical bangers!

P Reviewed on 17 May 2024 by
Crowborough, United Kingdom


Inventive and makes you think

This show was brilliant, loved the playing about with camera work that enhances the story. All cast were brilliant and all the singing was world class. The music score was very fitting with the story and Rufus Wainwright has done a great job.I find that the critical reviews posted say more about the reviewers attitude to trying new things than what this show has done. If we don't change we remain the same and that is not the theatre I want to see. Go and see this the audience loved it and standing ovation at end says more than any reviewers words.

A Reviewed on 09 May 2024 by
Eastbourne, United Kingdom


Fabulous acting

Although the show has had mixed reviews, it seemed that everyone in the theatre thoroughly enjoyed the show

B Reviewed on 28 April 2024 by
Beachmere, Australia


A bit different

Well after the bad revues we didn’t know what to expect . Booked in the first place because Sheryl Smith is so talented and always dependable. She was , but the storyline was complicated and weak Didn’t like the scene fighting with Nancy but unfortunately it was part of this story of anguish and mental issues for the star . Sadly wouldn’t recommend but glad we came to decide for ourselves.

M Reviewed on 27 April 2024 by
Walton Le Dale, United Kingdom



A Reviewed on 24 April 2024 by
Brentford, United Kingdom


Wasted night

All the great shows and plays out in the west end and I choose this big mistake

R Reviewed on 24 April 2024 by
Dartford, United Kingdom


Loved it

After seeing reviews and the fact show is closing early I was interested in knowing why as I had wanted to see show since first advertised. Sheridan Smith and rest of cast were brilliant and I really enjoyed show especially songs and music

S Reviewed on 24 April 2024 by
Hitchin, United Kingdom



Story line was terrible couldn’t understand what was going on!! Total waste of time couldn’t recommend at all.

R Reviewed on 20 April 2024 by
Brayton, Selby, United Kingdom


loved the show

Loved the show 2nd half the best , don’t understand the negative reviews at all

D Reviewed on 17 April 2024 by
West Midlands, United Kingdom


excellent performances

not usual a theatre goer, but like Sheridan Smith so thought we would give it a go. was a great evening and some great voices and performances.

A Reviewed on 09 April 2024 by
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom


Disappointing show

I was very bored and I left at the interval. I paid a lot of money for my seat which was not worth it. There was practically no story and the actors were all over the place. I only went to see the show on account of Sheridan Smith as I enjoyed seeing her on TV but this show did not suit her acting skills.

E Reviewed on 31 March 2024 by
Kinsale, Ireland


Confusing narrative and structure. But good performance by Sheridan Smith.

M Reviewed on 29 March 2024 by
London, United Kingdom



I liked the idea of dealing with how the theatre industry deals with itself. How video was used distracted me from enjoying the musical by watching a large screen and two small screens at the same time as viewing the acting and singing. Having a camera operator follow the action was another distraction. It worked when Mytle was facing the make up mirror and at the stage door. Seeing many serious faces on the audience when the camera faced the auditorium showed discomfort. The songs were non memberable. More voice coaching is required to copy American speaking and singing as English English was often heard. Another distraction was the dead lady as a ghost.

C Reviewed on 29 March 2024 by
Bristol, United Kingdom


Tried to be clever; limited success.

Obscure message. Limited variety and quality to music. Being clever isn’t always clever……

G Reviewed on 28 March 2024 by
London, United Kingdom


Not the best, not the worst

I liked the show as it was different, but hard to follow due to story being said in songs and you couldn’t understand the words in the songs. However very clever and skilled actors to play in a play. I enjoyed it and glad I saw it but wouldn’t go see it again ir recommend it to others.

D Reviewed on 24 March 2024 by
Loughton, United Kingdom


Great showcase for SheridanSmith’s talents in performance !

Multi media play , with a captivating peek back scene of the acting scene . Miss Smith plays a a hard bitten but damaged New Yorker brilliantly and is surrounded by a cast well chosen . Music was appropriate and songs relevant to the storyline .

E Reviewed on 21 March 2024 by
Gillingham, United Kingdom


Not good

J Reviewed on 19 March 2024 by
Manningtree, United Kingdom


An hour in my life I will never recover

I longed for the interval so we could leave , why?. It was loud no one spoke they shouted, the songs were tedious not memorable, it was repetitive ,and generally one of the worst I have watched

M Reviewed on 17 March 2024 by
Southampton, United Kingdom


A very disappointing night at the theatre

Pretentious and trite. I’m not surprised that so many people left at half time. Felt for the actors. They were working hard but their work did not engage me.

M Reviewed on 16 March 2024 by
Auckland, New Zealand



Great acting strange confused plot, I think Sheridan may have regrets about 21 weeks of her life on a show that people disappear during the performance, we would never do that the acting was great !!!

N Reviewed on 16 March 2024 by
Colchester, United Kingdom


One of the worst shows I have seen

L Reviewed on 15 March 2024 by
Galway, Ireland


Don’t now where to start?

People leaving as the show was occurring in the first half, others didn’t return after intermission. A thought I had had but thought perhaps some light would be shed on the second half if I stayed…sadly I was mistaken. I was so geared up for something marvellous as I enjoy Sheridan Smiths acting but this is woeful. It’s 2 1/2 hours of no substance or purpose. Such a shame

B Reviewed on 15 March 2024 by
Ruislip, United Kingdom



A Reviewed on 13 March 2024 by
Ilford, United Kingdom


Sheridan Smith is amazing. Opening night of Opening night

Sheridan Smith is amazing and her performance is outstanding. The show itself, in my opinion lacks. A few people at my level did not return for the second half. The story seems to stumble and there aren't any defining takeaway moments that you experience in other West end shows. Unfortunately, there are better shows and stories in the West end that are better than this show.

C Reviewed on 07 March 2024 by
Leatherhead, United Kingdom



A treat to see Sheridan Smith and the cast. Found the play disjointed. The music did the actors no favours and the lyrics were strained. The staging was confusing. Different faces on the screen to those speaking on stage, distracting. Multiple focii didn't work for me.

J Reviewed on 06 March 2024 by
Whitton, United Kingdom

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