Sheridan Smith has pulled out of a number of performances of the hit revival of Funny Girl at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory after she revealed her father had been diagnosed with cancer.
The star has won rave reviews for her performance in the sell-out show which is due to close on Saturday ahead of its transfer to the Savoy Theatre next month.
According to reports, Smith had taken to Twitter to announce her sad news, thank fans for their support and to promise to make arrangements for disappointed fans to receive tickets for future performances. She was also reported to have suggested that she had felt pressurised by members of the production team to return to the stage before she was ready.
In response, an official statement from the producers was yesterday placed on Twitter, it read: “Our priority at this time is to Sheridan and her family. Sheridan’s primary concern is quite rightly her father’s wellbeing, and we support her wholeheartedly. We would never ask nor expect an artist to perform in this situation, and ask that you respect her and her family’s privacy at this time.
“She will not be performing in Funny Girl this evening, and we will take each day as it comes. Tonight’s (Wednesday) performance of Funny Girl will go ahead with her understudy Natasha J Barnes.”
It was also reported that ticket holders for the affected performances would be offered the chance to change their booking for a later date at the Savoy. Tickets will however be subject to availability.
Loosely based on the life of Ziegfeld Follies star, the comedienne Fanny Brice, the critically acclaimed production also features Darius Campbell as the man she loved, charismatic gambler Nicky Arnstein.
Tickets for the West End run of Funny Girl can be bought here: www.musicaltheatrereview.entstix.com/tickets/funny-girl
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