'Sorry I'm not strong enough' - Sheridan Smith pulls out of West End show again
Published 10/05/2016 | 08:22
Actress Sheridan Smith pulled out of the West End performance just 24 hours after leaving the Baftas empty handed.
On Monday morning, the Savoy Theatre reportedly informed ticket-holders that ‘due to the indisposition of Sheridan Smith the role of Fanny Brice would be played by Natasha J Barnes at tonight’s performance’.
On Sunday night, Smith, who is famed for her performance as Cilla Black, was seen looking disappointed that her BBC adaptation The C Word failed to win the Bafta award for Best Single Drama.
It is the second time in as many weeks that Smith’s show Funny Girl has courted controversy.
Last month, the performance was stopped after just 15 minutes after allegations that she had been slurring her words on stage.
Theatre staff then shut the show after a 40-minute delay citing that the cancellation was down to technical difficulties.
Due to the indisposition of Sheridan Smith the role of Fanny Brice will be played by Natasha J Barnes at tonight’s performance of Funny Girl— Savoy Theatre (@SavoyTheatreLdn) May 9, 2016
Apparently referencing the episode, the Bafta host Graham Norton joked on Sunday night: “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 theatrical circles, a couple of glasses of technical difficulties.”
@johnnyfoxlondon You obviously know something that no one else does..please share unless its just idle speculation.— Peter Burton (@pgb1758) May 10, 2016
At the time, the 34-year-old actress's spokesperson denied she was drunk.
Her spokesperson said: “I have spoken to my client and this is categorically not true.”
Having to rebook to see "Funny girl" as Sheridan Smith is "unwell". Any other awards ceremonies due so I can avoid the following nights?— Julian O'Dell (@agencytrainer) May 9, 2016