Sheridan Smith to star in the World Premiere of new musical ‘OPENING NIGHT,’ based on the film by John Cassavetes

Producers Wessex Grove, Gavin Kalin Productions and Playful Productions have announced that Sheridan Smith will star in the World Premiere of the brand new musical, OPENING NIGHT, based on the critically acclaimed film by John Cassavetes, with book by Ivo van Hove and music and lyrics by Rufus Wainwright. 

Directed and conceived by Ivo van Hove, OPENING NIGHT will play a strictly limited season at the Gielgud Theatre in London’s West End from 6 March to 27 July 2024.

Further casting to be announced soon.

Tickets go on sale today, Friday 10 November 2023 at 10.00am.

Based on Cassavetes’ legendary film, OPENING NIGHT follows a theatre company’s preparations to stage a major new play on Broadway. But drama ignites behind the scenes when their leading lady is rocked by tragedy, and her personal turmoil forces everybody to deliver the performance of their lives.

OPENING NIGHT has a Book by Ivo van Hove with Music and Lyrics by Rufus Wainwright. It is Directed and conceived by Ivo van Hove, has Set, Lighting and Video Design by Jan Versweyveld, Costume Design by An D’Huys and Sound Design by Tom Gibbons and Alex Twiselton. Orchestrations are by Rufus Wainwright, with Musical Supervision and Musical Direction by Nigel Lilley. Movement and Choreography is by Polly Bennett, Casting by Julia Horan CDG and the Associate Director is Daniel Raggett.

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