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Opening Night

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Tomorrow - 27 Jul 2024
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Why Watch Opening Night?

  • Olivier Award winner, and Officer of the Order of the British Empire, actress Sheridan Smith takes the stage by storm for the theatrical adaptation of the 1977 film, Opening Night.
  • Get bowled over by Sheridan Smith's sensational performance as popular but troubled actress Myrtle Gordon, who plans to make a comeback.
  • Writer and composer of Grammy and Juno-nominated album 'Unfollow the Rules', Rufus Wainwright recreates the thrilling tale of teenage obsession.
  • Dramatic and primal, this psychological drama features an unfortunate meeting between a popular star and an obsessive fan that affects an entire theatre troupe.

About Show

Show Details

Age Suitability


Based on the epic 1977 film by John Cassavetes, often considered to be the pioneer of American independent film, Opening Night revolves around a famous but extremely troubled actress who wants to make a comeback. The musical is the newest production of Rufus Wainwright, whose album 'Unfollow the Rules' has been nominated for the Grammy and Juno awards, and stars renowned actress Sheridan Smith in the leading role. Smith was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and her acting as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde made her win the Olivier and WhatsOnStage awards. Book Opening Night musical tickets and watch Sheridan Smith in action! With Tony and Olivier award-winner Ivo van Hove as the director, the musical is a thrilling journey into the mind of a disturbed but talented actress.

The Story

Adapted from John Cassavetes' 1977 film, Opening Night, the musical follows a popular but troubled actress, Myrtle Gordon who wants to make a comeback on stage through a touring production of 'The Second Woman'. However, Gordon soon encounters an obsessive fan, Nancy, and things take a turn for the worse. How does she deal with the incident? How is the touring troupe affected by Gordon's behaviour? Book Opening Night musical tickets to find out.

Show Timings

  • Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri at 7:30 PM
  • Wed & Sat at 2:30 PM and 7:30 PM
  • Show timings for Opening Night may vary every week. You can check the show timings for your preferred date at the next stage of booking.

Cast & Crew

  • Leading Role: Sheridan Smith as Myrtle Gordon
  • Book: Ivo van Hove
  • Direction: Ivo van Hove
  • Music, Lyrics and Orchestrations: Rufus Wainwright

Note: Producers can not guarantee the appearance of any particular artist, which is always subject to illness and holidays.

  • This show is recommended for ages 14 and above. Children under the age of 3 will not be admitted.
  • Please keep in mind that most theatres do not have an age classification organization. This means that all age recommendations are subjective. Please use your judgment while purchasing tickets for any show.

Tickets Redemption

  • E-tickets will be provided when you check in online
  • You will receive an email confirmation with your Opening Night voucher instantly.
  • Please display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID. A physical printout is not necessary.

Cancellation & Refunds

  • Tickets cannot be refunded, amended or rescheduled.

Gielgud Theatre

Gielgud Theatre opened in 1906 as the Hicks Theatre, this theatre is a pair with the Queen's Theatre. The first production at the Gielgud Theatre was 'The Beauty and Bath'. Over the years, the theatre has played host to several notable plays and musicals including The Dashing Little Duke, An Ideal Husband, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Seating Capacity: 986

The Gielgud Theatre seating plan will help you find the best seats in the theatre.

Getting There

Facilities & Accessibility

Additional Information

Address: Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 6AR, United Kingdom

Tube: The nearest tube stations are Piccadilly Circus, served by the Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines, and Leicester Square, served by the Northern and Piccadilly lines.

Bus: Bus routes servicing the area include 4, 19, 38, 6, 12, 23, 88, 94, 139, 159 and 453.

Available Facilities: Bar, Cloakroom and Toilets

Accessibility: Assistive Listening, Adapted Toilets, Guide Dogs Allowed

Security: Please be aware that for your comfort and security, all audience members will be subject to security checks upon arrival at the Gielgud Theatre.

Dress Code: Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theatre is air-conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

Outside Food: Most theatres do not allow outside food inside but most of them also have a café or restaurant inside the premises or nearby.

Frequently Asked Questions About Opening Night Tickets

How much do tickets to Opening Night musical cost in London?

The cost of Opening Night musical tickets starts from £24 and will vary depending on the type of seats you choose.

What is the opening date for the musical?

The musical opens on 6th March 2024 at the Gielgud Theatre.

What age is Opening Night appropriate for?

Opening Night is suitable for guests aged 14 and above. Children under the age of 3 will not be permitted.

Where is Opening Night playing in London?

Opening Night is playing at Gielgud Theatre in London and opens on 6th March 2024.

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