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first night

n.
1. The opening performance of a theatrical production.
2. The performance presented on such a night.
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first night

n
(Theatre)
a. the first public performance of a play or other production
b. (as modifier): first-night nerves.
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first′ night′


n.
1. the night on which a theatrical or other production is first performed in a place, esp. the night of the official opening.
2. the performance itself.
[1705–15]
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first night

n (Theatre) → prima
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