Twitter and Facebook has been extremely busy with support for Funny Girl star Sheridan Smith, after the actress withdrew from last night’s performance of the production at The Menier Chocolate Factory.
The actress had Tweeted @Sheridansmith1 to say that she had received bad news and that she would not be appearing in that evening’s performance. Sheridan then replied to fans offering to pay for their travel and tickets for a future performance when the show subsequently transfers to the Savoy Theatre.
A spokesperson for the production said today, “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. performance of Funny Girl will go ahead with her understudy Natasha J Barnes.”
“The run of Funny Girl at the Menier Chocolate Factory has been a tremendous success, and we look forward to welcoming audiences to the transfer at the Savoy from April. For those patrons who have tickets to any affected performances at the Menier and choose not to see the show, the producers are in agreement with Sheridan, and would like to confirm her offer of tickets to see her in Funny Girl at the Savoy. Tickets will be subject to availability. Patrons should contact the Menier to make arrangements.”
While the show goes on – we send our best wishes to Sheridan and her family.
Our review of Funny Girl
Sublime performance by Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl