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Opening Night Tickets

See Sheridan Smith star in this new West End show with music and lyrics by Rufus Wainwright.
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About Opening Night

Sheridan Smith stars in the new musical Opening Night which will be directed by Ivo van Hove. Book Opening Night tickets on TodayTix now.

Opening Night is based on the 1971 John Cassavetes film, following the intense preparations of a theatre company gearing up for a significant Broadway production. However, behind the scenes, tension erupts when the leading lady confronts a personal tragedy, compelling the entire cast to deliver the performance of their lives amidst the unfolding drama.

Rising to prominence for her versatile talent, Smith has graced the stage and screen with her remarkable performances. Her breakthrough came with the sitcom Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, where she showcased her comedic prowess. Smith's theatrical achievements include a Laurence Olivier Award for her role in the musical Legally Blonde. She garnered critical acclaim for the drama series Mrs Biggs and the biographical drama Cilla. Most recently, she starred in Shirley Valentine at the Duke of York’s Theatre.

Start date

March 6th, 2024

End date

May 18th, 2024


Recommended for ages 14+

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

Stars on stage

Sheridan Smith

Sheridan Smith

Hadley Fraser

Hadley Fraser

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


Gielgud Theatre

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

Ivo van Hove is a highly regarded Belgian theatre and opera director. Notable credits include a West End production of A View from the Bridge in 2015, which won the Olivier Award for Best Revival. More recently, he helmed the stage adaptations of All About Eve and A Little Life.

The new musical will also have a book by Hove paired with music and lyrics by Rufus Wainwright. The creative team also includes set, lighting and video designer Jan Versweyveld, costume designer An D'Huys, sound designers Tom Gibbons and Alex Twiselton, musical director Nigel Lilley, and choreographer Polly Bennett.

What to watch for

  • Sheridan Smith’s portrayal of Charmian Biggs in the television drama Mrs Biggs earned her a BAFTA Award for Best Actress.
  • Van Hove is celebrated for his minimalist directorial style, often focusing on intense emotional exploration and character psychology in his productions.
  • Wainwright composed music for William Shakespeare's sonnets in a collaborative project titled "Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets," released in 2016.
  • Gena Rowlands received praise for her performance in the movie Opening Night, earning a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress.

Frequently asked questions

What is Opening Night about?

Don't miss the return of Sheridan Smith to the musical stage in the world premiere of Opening Night, a new musical adaptation brought to the stage by acclaimed songwriter Rufus Wainwright and award-winning director Ivo van Hove.

Which theatre is Opening Night at?

Opening Night is at London's Gielgud Theatre.

How do you get tickets for Opening Night?

Check the top of this page for current availability and exclusive offers on Opening Night tickets on TodayTix.

What is the age recommendation for Opening Night?

Recommended for ages 14+

How much are tickets for Opening Night?

Opening Night tickets start at £23.

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