Sheridan Smith Makes A Triumphant Return To The Stage After Time Away Due To Illness

‘Mesmerising’, ‘a triumph’ and ‘pure comic perfection’ are just some of glowing reports of Sheridan Smith’s acting in West End show Funny Girl.

And Sheridan gave arguably her best performance yet, as she finally returned to the stage as the enchanting Fanny Brice at the Wales Millennium Center.

After pulling out of her nationwide tour when she developed mumps, Sheridan had entrusted her beloved role of Fanny Brice to understudy Natasha Barnes, who previously received critical acclaim as an alternate to Sheridan on the West End.

Initially it was unclear whether Sheridan would be reprising the role, and Wales Millennium Centre had previously stated on their website: ‘The producers of Funny Girl cannot guarantee the appearance of any particular artist, which is always subject to illness and holidays.’

However, fans were thrilled to see Sheridan back and taking centre stage in the production this week. Her performance at Wales Millennium Centre
was a called a triumph, captivating the audience, and earning the
actress a standing ovation at the close of her performance.

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Now, back on her feet and back on the stage after time away, the actress reportedly can’t wait for more fans across the country to experience the show first hand.

“I’m
just really looking forward to bringing a show I love to people who
might not have been able to make it to London,” she says. “I think it’s
really important for theatre to look outwards and not just be centred
round London.”

“Fanny Brice was a woman ahead of her time,” says Sheridan. “She broke the mould for female entertainers at a time when it was predominantly male performers.

“Not only that, she was a brilliant comic. Her lack of vanity made her unique and very special.

“I love researching each character. When you’re playing real life characters, you can prepare for the role more thoroughly: you can research the back story, find examples of how your character behaved, how they thought, moved and even spoke.”

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