Sheridan Smith’s West End play Opening Night ‘to be cut SHORT’ as investors fear even her star power can’t get the crowds in’


Ticket sales have been slashed, Sheridan Smith herself has begged fans to come and see her at the Gielgud Theatre in London this week in a desperate bid to draw in crowds, but STILL, things aren’t looking so bright for the West End play Opening Night.

The actress, 42, stars as functioning alcoholic actress Myrtle Gordon in the new musical – which is based on the 1977 drama film starring Gena Rowlands. 

Why Fans Aren’t Attending?

But fans are reportedly bored by the production, with scores of theatregoers streaming out of the show nearly every evening since its March 6 debut, complaining about the bewildering plot.

Reports Coming In

Though the actress has begged fans to drive in, but investors are thinking her star quality ‘won’t even be able to get the crowds in’. Now the investors are toying with the idea of ending the 21 week run early, according to reports. 

‘Sheridan has been a resounding success but the show itself has been far from it. To say it’s been polarising is an understatement, reports of theatre goers walking out at the interval have really worried some of the investors,’ a source told The Sun

‘No official meeting has been held yet, but a number of them have spoken about how they would go about serving notice on the theatre and cutting the run of shows short.

‘At the end of the day, even though it’s entertainment, it’s a business and they are worried that poor ticket sales will mean they don’t make their investment back, Sheridan is a saving grace for Opening Night because of how good she is on stage, but even her star power can’t get the crowds in.’

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The insider added while Sheridan’s stint in Shirley Valentine last year was a resounding success with tickets selling out, there are still lots available for Opening Night which is ‘turning into a disaster’ for bosses.   

Meanwhile, Sheridan is trying her best to salvage the situation as she defended the show again and again. Anyways, hands to be crossed at what will happen to the West End play Opening Night.

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