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Sheridan Smith withdraws from Royal Variety following family bereavement

Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl. Photo: Johan Persson
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Sheridan Smith has withdrawn from this year’s Royal Variety Performance, following the death of her father.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.

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