Opening 06 Mar
Arriving at the Gielgud Theatre next March, this is the tastiest of prospects. Director Ivo Van Hove, whose A Little Life with James Norton provided a punishing but hugely effective evening out, returns with a musical that brings together the talents of Rufus Wainwright and our own Sheridan Smith in a stage version of John Cassavetes great 1977 backstage movie. Smith, last in the West End with the sell-out Shirley Valentine, plays Myrtle, a leading lady on an out-of-town tour who is facing personal and creative demons, being bullied by her director, and dealing with seeing a teenage fan killed outside the theatre.
The unparalleled Sheridan Smith makes a comeback to musical theatre in the world premiere of Opening Night, a creation by the brilliant minds of Rufus Wainwright, one of the most acclaimed songwriters of his generation, and the celebrated director Ivo van Hove. Based on John Cassavetes' legendary film, Opening Night unfolds the theatrical company's preparations to present a significant new play on Broadway. However, behind the scenes, a dramatic spark is ignited when their leading lady is shaken by tragedy. Her personal turmoil compels everyone to deliver the performance of their lives.