Last week it was reported that Sheridan Smith would meet Broadway director Michael Mayer to discuss the possibility of starring as Fanny Brice in a revival of Funny Girl at the Menier Chocolate Factory this Christmas.
Now, according to the Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye, Smith has agreed to play the role; however, her deal has not yet been officially confirmed. Bamigboye explains there are "complex contractual matters to be resolved before any agreements can be signed."
It is believed producers want the production to transfer to the West End where Sonia Friedman Productions control the rights (Friedman produced Legally Blonde which won Smith an Olivier and previously transferred Merrily We Roll Along from the Chocolate Factory to the West End).
Smith previously starred in The Little Shop of Horrors at the Menier. She won her second Olivier Award for Trevor Nunn's production of Flare Path (Theatre Royal Haymarket). Smith's theatre credits also include: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Noel Coward/Regent's Park), Hedda Gabler (Old Vic), Tinderbox (Bush), The People Are Friendly(Royal Court), Ancient Lights (Hampstead) and Into The Woods (Donmar).
On screen, Smith has received tremendous acclaim for her performances in The C Word, Cilla, The 7.39, and Mrs Biggs. Her screen credits also include: Jonathan Creek, The Harry Hill Movie, Mr. Stink, Gavin & Stacey, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, Benidorm and The Royle Family.
Please note nothing is yet confirmed.