Definition of opening night in English:

opening night

noun

  • The first night of a theatrical play or other entertainment.

    • ‘Avery has a strong art background but also went to a school of performing and visual arts, which helps him incorporate the visual aesthetics of performance and entertainment into opening nights.’
    • ‘My job was scraping off the mould and directing a Berkoff play for the opening night.’
    • ‘Welcome to the madhouse that is the build-up to the opening night of a pantomime.’
    • ‘The tale begins with the opening night of Barrie's play Little Mary in 1903.’
    • ‘On opening night, the crowd was suitably raucous, and Richardson ad libbed like the pro she is.’
    • ‘Sheets were sometimes rushed out just a few days after the opening night of a popular production.’
    • ‘The Southwick Entertainers are gearing up for the opening night of their pantomime this week.’
    • ‘As far as opening nights go, there were no signs of jitters or stage fright.’
    • ‘The York theatre legend had to bow out of the star role after the opening night when he was taken to hospital with intense stomach pains.’
    • ‘The Duke of York almost risked a real-life deluge for his visit to the opening night of the Millennium Mystery Plays.’
    • ‘On the opening night, the theatre played a recorded message from Lex, all slurred, like a voice from beyond the grave.’
    • ‘Last night we went to the opening night of Full Circle starring Joan Collins.’
    • ‘He does most of my dinner parties as well as parties relating to my business - opening nights for shows, the reopening of theatres.’
    • ‘Plans to launch a brand new radio station have been brought forward due to proposals by a rival company to upstage their opening night.’
    • ‘The opening night is only a month away and rehearsals are being severely delayed because of this.’
    • ‘In most cases, we would probably still be there in the theatre on an interminable opening night.’
    • ‘And yet there is a pull about first nights, particularly this, the opening night of the season.’
    • ‘Whitehorse had an extra twenty-four hours than normal in the theatre before opening night.’
    • ‘Days away from the opening night of the end of term musical, the leading lady is knocked unconscious.’
    • ‘With a 400 seat auditorium and a smaller studio theatre, the new Lyric will pulse with activity both on opening nights and between productions.’
    opening ceremony, official opening, launch, initiation, inauguration, institution, foundation, establishment, setting up, formation, constitution, premiere, first night, first showing
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Pronunciation

opening night