Caroline O’Connor is the Greatest Star in The Production Company’s sensational new staging of legendary Broadway classic Funny Girl, a lavish production lifted to heights of greatness by the supreme confidence and vision of Gale Edwards’ direction.
Sheridan Smith brings her unique vocals and phenomenal performance as Fanny Brice to the London cast
recording of the critically-acclaimed West End production of Funny Girl, to be released on Decca Records on
5 August 2016. Listen to a sample here…
After a two-month absence, Sheridan Smith has returned to Funny Girl at the West End’s Savoy Theatre tonight (Friday 8 July 2016). Due to “stress and exhaustion”, Smith was officially announced as taking a leave of absence, which was meant to be two to four weeks, on 12 May after having already missed several performances. Funny Girl is booking at the West End’s Savoy Theatre until 8
Hot on the heels of a record breaking, critically acclaimed West End run this ‘utterly irresistible’ (The Sunday Times) new production of FUNNY GIRL embarks on a major national tour in 2017. The five-star production opens at Manchester Palace where it runs for a week from 20 February 2017.
In Mark Shenton’s regularly updated list of top ten ticket recommendations, new entries this week include The Spoils, Blue/Orange, The Deep Blue Sea and The Go-Between.
After speculation in the national press that Sheridan Smith may have left the West End production of Funny Girl for good, producers have issued a statement today, confirmed that she will return, albeit much later than anticipated.
New entries this week are The Invisible Hand at the Tricycle Theatre and The 3 Penny Opera at the Natonal, and its the last chance to see Les Blancs, The Flick and People, Places and Things
Quite simply, Barnes is a stunning, revelatory astonishment. The role is huge, with the actress onstage almost throughout as she charts Brice’s rise from a self-confident Brooklyn kid to Broadway star. And it is in tracing Brice’s soaring arc, that Barnes herself soars.
With so many great musicals around to see in the West End at the moment, it can be difficult to sort out the best from the rest. Here is what Love London Love Culture recommends you see this month!
Natasha J Barnes plays the role of Fanny Brice in Funny Girl at the Savoy Theatre for a short period whilst Sheridan Smith takes two to four weeks’ leave of absence from the production due to stress and exhaustion.
New entries this week are the return of Funny Girl, transferred from the Menier to the Savoy, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Globe.
‘At this evening’s performance, the title role will be played by …’ Understudy. Somewhere between a trending topic and a dirty word as arguments rage over whether or not audiences should be compensated for missing a favourite star.
Across April I’ve duly seen 13 shows in London, one of them twice within the space of four days – namely the current revival of Guys and Dolls. I’d seen it twice before that, first when it originated at Chichester two summers ago and then when it transferred to the Savoy in January, and now again when it moved across town to the Phoenix with a substantially re-cast set of principals and I reviewed it for a third time. Then I returned to it yet again the same weekend to accompany a friend who was in town visiting from New York (yes, it’s that good!).
“People”, who didn’t manage to nab their seats fast enough for the Menier Chocolate Factory’s Funny Girl can most definitely rest easy in the knowledge that this acclaimed and triumphant revival is an even bigger and better show following its transfer across the river to the Savoy. Sheridan Smith’s Fanny Brice simply oozes star quality.
The acclaimed production officially opened at the West End’s Savoy Theatre this week, transferring from the Menier Chocolate Factory. Do Sheridan Smith and the show sparkle as much in their new home? Funny Girl is booking until 8 October 2016.
Just a fortnight ago, bets were already being placed on Glenn Close to secure the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her commanding turn as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard – but I’d say all bets are off again. Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl has re-asserted her claim to declare “I am the greatest star, I am by far”.
Have you booked up for these six, much-anticipated shows opening in April? They include major musicals Show Boat, Funny Girl and Sunset Boulevard, plus Doctor Faustus starring Game of Thrones hunk Kit Harington and…
Mark Shenton’s top ten ticket recommendations of the week, plus new openings at the St James and Young Vic plus the latest in Kenneth Branagh’s West End season
I’ve not updated my diary of a theatre addict for six weeks now — I was last here on January 31 — since when I’ve seen all of 49 shows, including outings to Newbury, Dartford, Clwyd, Manchester, Bromley and Cardiff, plus a week in New York. I’ve also taken an active part in two more shows by appearing onstage as a contestant in a theatrical re-run of Mr and Mrs with husband (so it was really Mr and Mr, we’re pictured above with host Samuel Holmes) and as part of David Bedella and Friends, his monthly chat show at the St James Studio.
Top ten of the week, but there are lots of dark theatres, too, in London at the moment.