Funny Girl is currently playing at the Menier Chocolate Factory until 5th March 2016, and following its sold-out run there, is set to transfer to the West End with performances beginning at the Savoy Theatre from 9th April 2016, and an official opening night on 20th April 2016. Further dates have been added in response to popular demand, and the musical will now run until 10th September 2016.
Funny Girl charts the rise of Fanny Brice from Brooklyn music hall singer to Broadway star, while following her tempestuous relationship with gambler Nicky Arnstein. The score, which has music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Bob Merrill, includes such iconic songs as ‘People’, ‘Don’t Rain On My Parade’, and ‘You Are Woman, I Am Man’.
Sheridan Smith stars as Fanny Brice, the role originated by Barbra Streisand both on the stage and in the 1968 film adaption, in the first London production of the musical since its original West End run at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 1966. The new production features a revised book by Harvey Fierstein (based on the book by Isobel Lennart from an original story by Miss Lennart) and is directed by Michael Mayer, with choreography by Lynne Page, set design by Michael Pavelka, costume design by Matthew Wright, lighting design by Mark Henderson and sound design by Richard Brooker. It also has musical supervision by Alan Williams, with orchestrations by Chris Walker.
The cast for the Menier production includes Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice, alongside Darius Campbell as Nick, Marilyn Cutts as Mrs Brice, Valda Aviks as Mrs O’Malley, Natasha J Barnes as Emma/Mrs Meeker, Maurice Lane as Mr Keeney, Brice Montague as Ziegfeld, Joel Montague as Eddie and Gay Soper as Mrs Strakosh. The ensemble features Emma Caffrey, Matthew Croke, Joelle Dyson, Rebecca Fennelly, Luke Fetherston, Leah Harris, Kelly Homewood, Sammy Kelly and Stuart Ramsay.
Sheridan Smith is an Olivier Award-winning actress who previously appeared at the Menier Chocolate Factory in Little Shop of Horrors, which also ran in the West End at the Duke of York’s Theatre. Her other West End stage credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Michael Grandage Company at the Noel Coward Theatre), Hedda Gabler (Old Vic), Flare Path (Theatre Royal Haymarket – Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress, Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Actress) and Legally Blonde (Savoy Theatre – Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical). She has also appeared in Tinderbox (Bush Theatre, The People Are Friendly (Royal Court) and Into The Woods (Donmar Warehouse). Her television credits include Blackwork, The C Word, Cilla, The Widower, The 7.39, Dates, Mr Stink, Mrs Biggs (BAFTA Best Actress), Accused, Scapegoat, Little Crackers, Jonathan Creek, Gavin & Stacey, Larkrise to Candleford, Grown Ups, Love Soup, Two Pints of Larger and a Packet of Crisps, The Royale Family and Wives and Daughters; and for film, The Huntsman, Powder Room, Quartet, Tower Block and Hysteria.
Funny Girls runs at the Menier Chocolate Factory from 20th November 2015 to 5th March 2016. It then transfers into London’s West End, where it runs at the Savoy Theatre from 9th April to 10th September 2016. Press night is on 20th April 2016.
Strand, London, WC2R 0ET
9th April 2016 to 10th September 2016