Early Closure: Sheridan Smith's Opening Night

Published Thu, 11 April 2024

Sheridan Smith's captivating performance in "Opening Night" is set to end its West End run earlier than expected. Conceived and directed by the renowned Ivo Van Hove, this musical adaptation of John Cassavetes’s 1977 film was originally slated to run until 27 July but will now close on 18 May.

Producers Wessex Grove expressed pride in delivering Van Hove and Rufus Wainwright's artistic vision, despite the financial challenges. While acknowledging the risk taken, they remain committed to supporting original, artist-led productions in the commercial sector.

Van Hove, reflecting on the production, praised Smith's bravery in portraying a complex character on the West End stage. With Wainwright's evocative music, they crafted a unique and sincere exploration of the human condition, true to Cassavetes’s daring spirit.

Despite its premature closure, "Opening Night" leaves a lasting impression, thanks to the exceptional talents of its cast and production team. Smith shines as Myrtle alongside a stellar ensemble, bringing depth and authenticity to each performance.

As the curtains draw to a close, audiences have five more weeks to witness Smith's tour de force portrayal and experience the magic of "Opening Night." Though its time on stage may be brief, its impact will endure in the memories of those fortunate enough to see it.