Monday, 3 August 2015

Details confirmed for Funny Girl starring Sheridan Smith at the Menier Chocolate Factory

The Menier Chocolate Factory has confirmed details for their revival of Funny Girl starring Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice.

Directed by Michael Mayer, the show opens on 2nd December 2015 (previews from 20th November) and runs until 5th March 2016. The production is presented in association with Sonia Friedman Productions and Scott Landis.

Funny Girl returns to the London stage for the first time since its 1966 première. With music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill and book by Isobel Lennart, the Broadway musical skyrocketed Barbra Streisand to stardom.

The score features numbers such as "People", "You Are Woman, I Am Man" and "Don't Rain on My Parade". Tickets go on sale to the Menier Chocolate Factory supporters at 9am on Monday 10th August, with public booking opening at 9am on Monday 17th August.

Funny Girl marks Smith's first musical since she starred as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde The Musical at the Savoy Theatre. For her performance, Smith won her first Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical.

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, Mrs Biggs and, most recently, Black Work. 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, The Royle Family, The Huntsman, Powder Room, Quartet, Tower Block and Hysteria.

Mayer's West End credits include Spring Awakening (Lyric Hammersmith and Novello) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Shaftesbury Theatre). For Broadway his work includes Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Tony nomination for Best Director), On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, American Idiot (Drama Desk Award for Best Director of a Musical), Spring Awakening (Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Drama Desk Award for Best Direction of a Musical) and You're a Good Man Charlie Brown (Drama Desk nomination for Best Direction of a Musical). For television, his work includes Smash; and for film, A Home at the End of the World, Flicka and currently in production, Chekhov's The Seagull. 

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