Definition of opening night in US English:

opening night


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

    • ‘He does most of my dinner parties as well as parties relating to my business - opening nights for shows, the reopening of theatres.’
    • ‘The Southwick Entertainers are gearing up for the opening night of their pantomime this week.’
    • ‘With a 400 seat auditorium and a smaller studio theatre, the new Lyric will pulse with activity both on opening nights and between productions.’
    • ‘And yet there is a pull about first nights, particularly this, the opening night of the season.’
    • ‘Sheets were sometimes rushed out just a few days after the opening night of a popular production.’
    • ‘The tale begins with the opening night of Barrie's play Little Mary in 1903.’
    • ‘My job was scraping off the mould and directing a Berkoff play for the opening night.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Last night we went to the opening night of Full Circle starring Joan Collins.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Plans to launch a brand new radio station have been brought forward due to proposals by a rival company to upstage their opening night.’
    • ‘As far as opening nights go, there were no signs of jitters or stage fright.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Welcome to the madhouse that is the build-up to the opening night of a pantomime.’
    • ‘On opening night, the crowd was suitably raucous, and Richardson ad libbed like the pro she is.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Days away from the opening night of the end of term musical, the leading lady is knocked unconscious.’
    • ‘Whitehorse had an extra twenty-four hours than normal in the theatre before opening night.’
    opening ceremony, official opening, launch, initiation, inauguration, institution, foundation, establishment, setting up, formation, constitution, premiere, first night, first showing
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opening night

/ˈōp(ə)niNG nīt//ˈoʊp(ə)nɪŋ naɪt/