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Gielgud Theatre London, United Kingdom
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Ivo van Hove
Ivo van Hove
Sheridan Smith
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 Opening Night: It is a new musical featuring 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. The musical stars Sheridan Smith and will be held at the Gielgud Theatre in London’s West End from March 6th to July 27th, 2024..

OPENING NIGHT TICKETS: Sheridan Smith to star in the Opening Night at London’s Gielgud Theatre. Be the first to see Sheridan Smith return to the West End in the new musical Opening Night. Click here to book your tickets.

The show  Opening Night, at London’s Gielgud Theatre, is based on John Cassavetes’ legendary film, will be directed and produced by Ivo van Hove and feature Smith as Myrtle. The production will run for a strictly limited time from March 6 to July 27, 2024, with additional casting to be announced soon.

Opening Night follows a theatre company’s preparations to stage a major new play on Broadway. However, drama ensues behind the scenes when their leading lady is rocked by tragedy, and her turmoil forces everybody to deliver the performance of their lives.

In an announcement, Sheridan Smith expressed her excitement at the opportunity to work with musical genius Rufus Wainwright and stage director Ivo van Hove. She considers this to be a once-in-a-lifetime chance and is thrilled to be cast as Myrtle, a complex and challenging character.

Ivo van Hove also expressed his excitement at the prospect of collaborating with Wessex Grove to create a new musical. He is thrilled to work with Rufus Wainwright, whom he has been a fan of for many years and connected with over their shared love of John Cassavetes’ film, “Opening Night.” Bringing a musical version of this film to the stage has been a long-held ambition of theirs. He explained that “Opening Night” provides a glimpse into the trials and tribulations behind the scenes of the theatre, as well as the heartbreaking story of a woman fighting for hope and self-determination in a world that doesn’t want to listen.

Rufus Wainwright added that he has been waiting for ages to write his first musical and is delighted to have the opportunity to work with such a fantastic story, the incomparable Sheridan Smith, and the incredible Ivo van Hove. He describes “Opening Night” as a shining beacon that represents excellence in cinema and the might of live theatre. He believes that the intense marriage of film and stage in this production tells a very personal story of mental and creative survival that everyone can relate to on a deep, human level.

Sheridan Smith is an award-winning actress of both stage and screen. Her recent West End performances include playing the title role in Shirley Valentine at the Duke of York’s Theatre. She has received critical acclaim for her performance as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde at the Savoy Theatre and as Doris in Flare Path at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, which earned her Olivier Awards and the Evening Standard Award as Best Actress. Moreover, Sheridan has received nominations for her roles as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors at the Menier Chocolate Factory and Duke of York’s Theatre, and Fanny Brice in Funny Girl at the Savoy Theatre. Other notable performances include Hedda Gabler at The Old Vic, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Noel Coward Theatre, the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium, and her stage debut as Little Red Riding Hood in Into the Woods at the Donmar Warehouse. On-screen, Sheridan was nominated for an Emmy and won a BAFTA as Mrs Biggs. She was also nominated for a BAFTA for The C Word and her titular role in Cilla, for which she received an Emmy nomination. In addition to her acting work, she has released two albums titled Sheridan and A Northern Soul, both of which were nominated for Classic BRIT Awards.


  • Director and Book – Ivo van Hove
  • Music, Lyrics and Orchestrations – Rufus Wainwright
  • Musical Supervision and Musical Direction – Nigel Lilley
  • Set, Lighting and Video Designer – Jan Versweyveld
  • Costume Designer – An D’Huys
  • Sound Designer – Tom Gibbons
  • Sound Designer – Alex Twiselton
  • Movement and Choreography – Polly Bennett
  • Associate Director – Daniel Raggett
  • Casting Director – Julia Horan CDG

Theatre Information

Gielgud Theatre, 35-37 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6AR

Nearest Tube or Train: Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly line, Bakerloo line)

Nearest Buses: 14, 19, 38

  • Craig


    What’s the run time of Opening Night?

    • Goddy

      2 hours 25 minutes including an interval.

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