Natasha Barnes is temporarily taking over as Fanny Brice in the West End production of Funny Girl.
Barnes currently understudies the role and has received tremendous acclaim for her performance.
Producers have announced that Sheridan Smith is taking 2 - 4 weeks leave of absence from the show due to stress and exhaustion.
"We will all miss her enormously and send her our love and best wishes - and we are looking forward to her return to the show in due course. Meanwhile, we are thrilled to support the wonderful Natasha J Barnes who will be taking on the role of Fanny Brice until Sheridan’s return.
"Natasha has been covering Sheridan in this role since the run at the Menier Chocolate Factory and has received high praise from audiences on the occasions that she has appeared. We are all certain audiences will continue to love our amazing show."