Sheridan Smith withdraws from Royal Variety following family bereavement
Sheridan Smith has withdrawn from this year’s Royal Variety Performance, following the death of her father.
Smith had been due to perform excerpts from Funny Girl at the event, which takes place on December 6 at the Eventim Apollo Hammersmith.
A statement from her spokeswoman said: “Sheridan’s much loved father sadly passed away this week. We can confirm that she will not be performing at the Royal Variety Performance this Tuesday, December 6. At this difficult time for Sheridan and her family we would ask that you please respect their privacy.”
When the production of Funny Girl ran at the Menier Chocolate Factory prior to its West End run, Sheridan withdrew from some performances after her father became ill.
She is due to perform with the musical when it begins touring next year. This is scheduled to continue as planned.
We need your help…
When you subscribe to The Stage, you’re investing in our journalism. And our journalism is invested in supporting theatre and the performing arts.
The Stage is a family business, operated by the same family since we were founded in 1880. We do not receive government funding. We are not owned by a large corporation. Our editorial is not dictated by ticket sales.
We are fully independent, but this means we rely on revenue from readers to survive.
Help us continue to report on great work across the UK, champion new talent and keep up our investigative journalism that holds the powerful to account. Your subscription helps ensure our journalism can continue.