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Production image of Opening Night in London starring Sheridan Smith in the lead role.
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About Opening Night

See Sheridan Smith lead the new musical Opening Night at the Gielgud Theatre. Book Opening Night tickets in the West End on London Theatre.

Opening Night, based on John Cassavetes’ 1977 film, explores the trials of an ageing actress haunted by a deceased fan. As tension unfolds offstage due to the leading lady's personal tragedy, the cast delivers a performance of a lifetime amid the gripping narrative.

Directed by Ivo van Hove, who previously helmed a non-musical version, and will feature new songs by Rufus Wainwright. The creative team includes set, lighting, and video designer Jan Versweyveld, costume designer An D’Huys, sound designers Tom Gibbons and Alex Twiselton, orchestrator Rufus Wainwright, musical director Nigel Lilley, and choreographer Polly Bennett.

Sheridan Smith was awarded an OBE for her remarkable contributions to the entertainment industry. Boasting a career spanning stage and screen, she initially rose to prominence through sitcoms. Her television journey began in 1999 with the role of Matilda in ITV's Dark Ages, followed by acclaimed performances in Gavin and Stacey and The Royle Family. Smith's dramatic prowess shines in series like Cilla, Mrs Biggs, and The Moorside. Her musical talents, showcased in Cilla, led to a gold-certified debut album, 'Sheridan,' charting in the UK top 10.

In the theatre, Smith's journey includes an Olivier-nominated role in Little Shop of Horrors and an award-winning turn as Elle Woods in "Legally Blonde." Her 2023 portrayal of Shirley Valentine earned further acclaim.

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Start date

March 6th, 2024

End date

May 18th, 2024


Recommended for ages 14+

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Our Review

'Opening Night' review – Sheridan Smith gives a raw, courageous performance

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27 Mar 2024, 10:17
Read our review of musical Opening Night, starring Sheridan Smith and directed by Ivo van Hove, now in performances at the Gielgud Theatre to 27 July.
Production note
The performance includes strobe lighting, a period of continuous flashing lights, and use of haze.

Opening Night cast and creative team

By: Ivo van Hove
Songs by: Rufus Wainwright
Director: Ivo van Hove
Choreography: Polly Bennett
Cast list: Sheridan Smith
Design: Jan Versweyveld
Costumes: An D'Huys
Lighting: Jan Versweyveld
Sound: Tom Gibbons and Alex Twiselton
Other info: Video design by Jan Versweyveld, music direction by Nigel Lilley


35-37 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, United Kingdom, W1D 6AR


Location: West End
Railway station: Charing Cross
Bus numbers: (Shaftesbury Avenue) 12, 14, 19, 38; (Regent Street) 6, 13, 15, 23, 88, 94, 139, 159, 453
Night bus numbers: (Shaftesbury Avenue) 14, N19, N38; (Regent Street) 6, 12, 23, 88, 94, 139, 159, 453, N3, N13, N15, N109, N18, N136
Car park: Brewer Street (3mins)
Directions from tube: (3mins) Take Shaftesbury Avenue along the side where the famous illuminated signs are. The theatre will be on your left about 100 metres along.

More information about Opening Night

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Show schedule

Day of weekMatineeEvening
Monday-7:30 PM
Tuesday-7:30 PM
Wednesday2:30 PM7:30 PM
Thursday-7:30 PM
Friday-7:30 PM
Saturday2:30 PM7:30 PM

Frequently asked questions

What is Opening Night about?

Sheridan Smith graces the musical theatre world once again in the world premiere of Opening Night, a groundbreaking collaboration between acclaimed songwriter Rufus Wainwright and celebrated director Ivo van Hove.

Where is Opening Night playing?

Opening Night is playing at Gielgud Theatre. The theatre is located in 35-37 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6AR.

How much do tickets cost for Opening Night?

Tickets for Opening Night start at £25.

What's the age requirement for Opening Night?

The recommended age for Opening Night is Recommended for ages 14+.

How do you book tickets for Opening Night?

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