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Sheridan Smith returns to Funny Girl

Sheridan Smith at the curtain call of Funny GIrl. Photo: Dan Wooller
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Sheridan Smith has returned to musical Funny Girl following a leave of absence to recover from stress.

The performer took leave from the show in May to recover from stress and exhaustion. Originally she was due to take two to four weeks off, but this was later delayed. Producers said at this time that she would return to the show no later than the week commencing July 11.

A statement from the producers, Sonia Friedman, David Babani and Scott Landis, said they were delighted to “welcome Sheridan Smith back to Funny Girl” on the evening of July 8.

They added that Smith would appear on the evening of Saturday July 9,  but not the matinee.

She will then perform Monday to Saturday next week, but not the Wednesday matinee and Thursday evening performances, at which Natasha J Barnes will perform.

From the week commencing July 18, Sheridan is scheduled to perform Tuesday through to Saturday, with Barnes playing Fanny Brice on Monday evenings.

“This schedule is subject to change, but we look forward to continuing to entertain audiences at the Savoy Theatre until our run ends on October 8,” the producers added.

Earlier this month, Babani denied Smith had been drunk on stage.