Sheridan Smith misses Funny Girl show

Brad TomLast Update : Tuesday 10 May 2016 - 2:30 PM
Sheridan Smith misses Funny Girl show

Sheridan Smith misses another Funny Girl performance

Sheridan SmithImage copyright Jonathan Brady / PA wire
Image caption Sheridan Smith plays Fanny Brice in the West End show, Funny Girl

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.

Image copyright Sheridan Smith Twitter

Image caption The 34-year-old took to her Twitter page to respond to comments

Smith responded to comments on Twitter about her missing the show, saying: “When will you stop bullying?” while retweeting the messages sent to her.

Image copyright Sheridan Smith Twitter

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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.”

Image copyright Marc Brenner

Image caption Funny Girl recently transferred to the West End’s Savoy Theatre

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

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