Sheridan Smith misses another Funny Girl performance
10 May 2016
- From the section Entertainment & Arts
Actress Sheridan Smith had to pull out of another performance of Funny Girl in the West End on Monday.
Just hours before the show was due to start, the Savoy Theatre tweeted that understudy Natasha Barnes would be playing the role of Fanny Brice.
“I apologise profusely! Sorry! Sorry I’m not strong enough,” she tweeted.
“Well done press!” she added. “U let me down, the cast and everyone who spent money to see me.” The theatre did not give a specific reason for her absence.
Smith responded to comments on Twitter about her missing the show, saying: “When will you stop bullying?” while retweeting the messages sent to her.
This is not the first time that Smith, 34, has pulled out of a performance.
On 28 April the show, which had been winning rave reviews, was stopped after 15 minutes.
The theatre said those affected should contact the box office and that the performance’s cancellation was due to technical difficulties.
Graham Norton, the host of the Baftas, appeared to reference the incident in his opening monologue, joking: “Let’s get things started because the sooner we get started, the sooner we can have a couple of drinks, or as they say in theatre circles, a couple of glasses of technical difficulties.”
Smith, who has two Olivier awards for her stage roles in Legally Blonde and Flare Path, was made an OBE last year and has described the part of Fanny as her “dream role”.
The production transferred to the Savoy Theatre in April after a successful run at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory.
She had to pull out of two performances during that run after her father became unwell, reportedly with cancer.
It is not known whether she will return to the stage on Tuesday. Her agents declined to comment.
Source: BBC Entertainment