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★★★★ ‘Captivating. Sheridan Smith shakes up musical theatre’ The Guardian

BAFTA and two-time Olivier® award-winner Sheridan Smith delivers a performance like never before in this new musical about a theatre company barrelling towards their big opening night.

Based on John Cassavetes’ legendary 1970s film, the action centres around world-famous actress Myrtle Gordon who, while struggling with her starring role, is plunged into turmoil when she witnesses a fan being fatally hit by a car. Deeply affected by the incident, the cast and crew rally around Myrtle as she battles her inner demons, confronts her past, and contemplates her future.

★★★★ ‘Sheridan Smith is unstoppable - I was simply in awe of her. Extraordinary’ Daily MailOpening Night features music and lyrics by Rufus Wainwright, one of the most acclaimed singer-songwriters of his generation, alongside book and direction by Tony® and Olivier ® award-winner Ivo Van Hove.

‘Rufus Wainwright’s music reaches new heights’ IndependentThe cast also includes Hadley Fraser (The Lehman Trilogy), Shira Haas (Unorthodox), Nicola Hughes (Chicago), Amy Lennox (Cabaret), John Marquez (Pygmalion), and Benjamin Walker (American Psycho)

★★★★‘Sheridan Smith is superb. There is truly nothing else like it’ Time Out

Now playing at the Gielgud Theatre for a strictly limited season.

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Audio Described & Captioned: TBC

Important Information

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

Age Restrictions

Ages 14+.

Performance Times

Now taking bookings for performances up until Sat 18th May 2024.

Show times for each day are below.

Mon

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Tue

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Wed

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Thu

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Fri

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Sat

2.30pm
7.30pm

Sun

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Gielgud Theatre Details

Buses Icon Bus routes: (Shaftesbury Avenue) 12, 14, 19, 38; (Regent Street) 6, 13, 15, 23, 88, 94, 139, 159, 453

Night Buses Icon Night buses: (Shaftesbury Avenue) 14, N19, N38; (Regent Street) 6, 12, 23, 88, 94, 139, 159, 453, N3, N13, N15, N109, N18, N136

Rail Icon Nearest rail: Charing Cross

London Underground Icon Tube lines: Bakerloo, Piccadilly

London Underground Icon Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus

Directions Icon Directions from Piccadilly Circus :

(3mins) Take Shaftesbury Avenue along the side where the famous illuminated signs are. The theatre will be on your left about 100 metres along.

Parking Icon Car park: Brewer Street (3mins)

Congestion Zone Icon In congestion zone?: Yes

Facilities at Gielgud Theatre

Air conditioned

Bar

Disabled toilets

Infrared hearing loop

Toilets

Wheelchair accessible

Gielgud Theatre Location

35-37 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6AR
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Opening Night

Gielgud Theatre, London

Running time: 2hr 25min. Incl. 1 interval.

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