Programme Details

[Cancelled] Le Quai - Angers
Opening Night


In view of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the resultant closures of venues across the city, and concerns for the health and safety of participating artists and audiences, the Hong Kong Arts Festival (HKAF) has made the difficult decision to cancel the February and March performances of the 48th HKAF. All Young Friends (YFS) programmes and outreach activities within the above period, including in-school pre-performance workshops, will also be cancelled. Arrangements for YFS membership will be announced soon by email. For general enquiries, please email to

This cross-media production, featuring both screen and stage performances artfully interwoven together, was adapted specially for Isabelle Adjani from the original screenplay for John Cassavetes’ classic 1977 film Opening Night. The play is as intriguingly ambiguous and thought-provoking as the film which inspired it.




Screen techniques and stagecraft combine powerfully with a tour de force performance from Isabelle Adjani

Isabelle Adjani is perhaps the most mythologised French actress of her generation, with a particular gift for playing fascinating, volatile women in such critically lauded films as François Truffaut’s The Story of Adèle H and Bruno Nuytten’s Camille Claudel. Her film work has earned her five César Awards (the French equivalent of the Oscars); she is the only actress with this achievement to her name.

But before becoming a silver screen icon, Adjani had already earned critical acclaim as a classical stage actress with the Comédie-Française. This makes her uniquely qualified for her role in Opening Night, in which director Cyril Teste mingles the media of stage and screen in an ambitious adaptation of John Cassavetes’ classic 1977 film starring Gena Rowlands. Adjani gives a tour de force performance in the lead role of Myrtle Gordon, a middle-aged actress grappling with the stresses of the opening night of a play—the artist’s moment of truth—while confronting her own inner demons triggered by the external trauma of an autograph-hunting fan’s sudden death outside the theatre. Myrtle’s struggle to get to grips with the challenges of a demanding stage role and her troubled offstage life finds profound resonance in Adjani’s own tempestuous life and career.

In this collaborative adaptation, Teste and Adjani have not only retained the essential ambiguities of Cassavetes’ screenplay, but work together in the original author’s experimental style to ensure that no two performances of the play are exactly the same. Opening Night is a work-in-progress, changing each time it is performed—this singular experience is not to be missed.

Approx 1 hr 20 mins with no interval
Performed in French with Chinese and English surtitles
This production contains smoking scenes, use of scent, strong language and adult content



Inspired by
John Cassavetes’s screenplay 

Directed by
Cyril Teste

Isabelle Adjani
Morgan Lloyd Sicard
Cyril Teste
Zoé Adjani

French Translator
Daniel Loayza

Artistic Collaborator
Valérie Six

Daniel Loayza
Marion Pellissier

Stage Design
Ramy Fischler

Lighting Design
Julien Boizard

Nijil Bordures

Nicolas Doremus
Mehdi Toutain-Lopez

Director's Assistant
Céline Gaudier

Sound Director
Thibault Lamy

Agnès b.

Executive Producer
Nicolas Roux


Photo credit

Simon Gosselin



    22 / 2 / 2020  20:00 &

    23 / 2 / 2020  15:00



    Lyric Theatre, HKAPA