Sunday 4 December 2016

'Sorry I'm not strong enough' - Sheridan Smith pulls out of West End show again

Camilla Turner

Published 10/05/2016 | 08:22

Sheridan Smith plays the lead role in Funny Girl
Sheridan Smith plays the lead role in Funny Girl

Actress Sheridan Smith pulled out of the West End performance just 24 hours after leaving the Baftas empty handed.

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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.

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.”

Read more: Sheridan Smith denies being drunk after Funny Girl performance is halted after 15 minutes

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.”

Sheridan Smith attending the House of Fraser BAFTA TV Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London.
Sheridan Smith attending the House of Fraser BAFTA TV Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London.
Sheridan Smith has garnered rave reviews for her performance in Funny Girl at the Savoy Theatre
Sheridan Smith has garnered rave reviews for her performance in Funny Girl at the Savoy Theatre

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