Saturday, June 22, 2024
Home People Opening Night at the Gielgud Theatre review: even Sheridan Smith can’t save this dismally muddled show

Opening Night at the Gielgud Theatre review: even Sheridan Smith can’t save this dismally muddled show

by News Room
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Jan Versweyveld’s skeletal theatre set is dominated by a screen showing pitiless live close-ups, freeze frames and aeriel views of the main cast – mostly Smith – and filler shots of the other actors rhubarbing in a corridor. After disastrous previews, some changes have apparently been made, including the removal of a prolonged vacuuming scene (yes, really). But the show remains a hot mess, unsalvageable.

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