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Funny Girl

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Closed October 8, 2016

"This is the best female performance to be seen in the West End since Imelda Staunton's triumphant Oliver-winning performance as Momma Rose in Gypsy"

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Why See Funny Girl?

this hilarious, heartbreaking hit returns to the west end!

Back in London for the first time since 1966 - it's Funny Girl! Based on the life of Ziegfeld Follies performer and comedienne Fanny Brice and the role that crystallised Barbra Streisand's career! Don't miss the West End transfer of this charming, touching and belting musical after it's winter premiere over at the Meinier Chocolate Factor.


Funny Girl is the semi-biographical tale of Fanny Brice, a legendary vaudeville entertainer who rose to fame in 1920s and 30s America. Determined to become a big star, she headed into showbiz despite warnings from her mother and friends that she wasn't a 'typical beauty.'

Undeterred, she went on to become a film and stage actress, model, radio star and beloved comedienne filled with gusto and exuberance! But her troubled private life also hit the spotlight - her stormy relationship with the sophisticated Nicky Arnstein has many ups and downs, not least his gambling problem.

With a nostalgic but clever book from Isobel Lennart and music and lyrics from Jule Styne and Bob Merill, including hits such as 'Don't Rain on My Parade' and 'People', Funny Girl is the story of Fanny's rise to fame and her passionate relationship with Nicky and how the outcome of his terrible business decisions led her to take a minute and reflect on what's important in life.

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Previews from: 9 April 2016

Opening night: 20 April 2016


May not be suitable for audience members under the age of 12 years of age

Cast and Creative


Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice

Please note: Natasha Barnes will be playing the role of Fanny Brice from May 12th whist Ms. Smith is on leave.

Maurice Lane as Mr Kenney

Darius Campbell as Nick Arnstein

Marilyn Cutts as Fanny's mother

Valda Aviks

Gay Soper


Book by Isobel Lennart

Music and Lyrics by Jule Styne and Bob Merill

Directed by Michael Mayer

What we thought

INTIMATE Classic fun

For all the star power that she radiated, Sheridan Smith could have been on the biggest stage in the world.

Easily banishing the spectre of Streisand with a mile-a-minute comic performance, Sheridan Smith was a barely constrained burst of energy, who had the audience in the palm of her hand.

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Andrew Drummond

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