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★★★★ 'Captivating. Sheridan Smith shakes up musical theatre' The Guardian

BAFTA and two-time Olivier® award-winner Sheridan Smith delivers a performance like never before in this new musical about a theatre company barrelling towards their big opening night.   


Based on John Cassavetes' legendary 1970s film, the action centres around world-famous actress Myrtle Gordon who, while struggling with her starring role, is plunged into turmoil when she witnesses a fan being fatally hit by a car.  Deeply affected by the incident, the cast and crew rally around Myrtle as she battles her inner demons, confronts her past, and contemplates her future.

★★★★ 'Sheridan Smith is unstoppable - I was simply in awe of her. Extraordinary' Daily Mail


Opening Night features music and lyrics by Rufus Wainwright, one of the most acclaimed singer-songwriters of his generation, alongside book and direction by Tony® and Olivier ® award-winner Ivo Van Hove.


‘Rufus Wainwright’s music reaches new heights’ Independent


The cast also includes Hadley Fraser (The Lehman Trilogy), Shira Haas (Unorthodox), Nicola Hughes (Chicago), Amy Lennox (Cabaret), John Marquez (Pygmalion), and Benjamin Walker (American Psycho)

★★★★ 'Sheridan Smith is superb. There is truly nothing else like it' Time Out

Now playing at the Gielgud Theatre for a strictly limited season.

Good To Know

Everyone, regardless of age, must have their own ticket to enter the theatre. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by and sat next to a ticketholder who is at least 18years old.


Latecomers may not be admitted until a suitable break in the performance. You may not bring food or drink purchased elsewhere.


Gielgud Theatre

Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 6AR

Additional Details & FAQ

Cancellation Policy

No refunds or exchanges after booking

Suitable For Children

Recommended for ages 14+

Where Do I Go

Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6AR


2.9(14 reviews)
  • Jill W

    Apr 11, 2024

    Sheridan Smith is amazing. The cast were great. The musicians were excellent. What a shame they had to perform this terrible turkey of a play/musical. It was such a waste of the talent on stage.

  • Robert L

    Apr 10, 2024

    If it ad been on the tv would have just turned over. Understood what was going on but couldn't care. Sheridan and the cast must be hating preforming it.No decent songs either to help it out

  • Helen Vangrove

    Mar 31, 2024

    Opening Night is original and interesting, however, many of the songs were unmemorable with no real appeal. Sheridan Smith is glorious, moving, outstanding and her voice soars and moves you and is just fabulous.

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