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Olivier Award-winning and beloved British actress Sheridan Smith starred as Fanny Brice in the Savoy Theatre transfer of the classic 1964 musical Funny Girl. Michael Mayer’s revival opened for an initial run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, smashing the theatre’s box office records by selling out in under 90 minutes. After which, the musical that made global superstar Barbra Streisand famous transferred to London’s West End.

Originally opening on Broadway in 1964 starring songstress Streisand, Funny Girl follows real actress and comedian Fanny Brice as she rose from New York’s Lower East Side to become Broadway’s biggest star. Starring in Broadway’s Ziegfield Follies, Brice is instantly adored by audiences and rockets to fame. After she falls in love with notorious gambler Nicky Arnstein, Brice is forced to juggle her onstage relationship and her difficult offstage romance with the man she loves. Featuring show-stopping numbers such as ‘People’, ‘Funny Girl’ and ‘Don’t Rain on my Parade’, Funny Girl is a bittersweet musical with plenty of breath-taking moments.

After receiving an Olivier Award for Best Actress for her role as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde as well as huge critical acclaim for Flare Path, Sheridan Smith’s returned to musical theatre and received abundant praise. Following in the footsteps of the legendary Streisand, Smith wowed audiences with an entirely fresh revival of Fanny Brice. A star both on and off screen, Smith’s credits also include Little Shop of Horrors, Cilla, The C Word, Hedda Gabler and Jonathan Creek and she had recently been awarded an OBE for services to Drama.

Following Broadway successes Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Spring Awakening, Michael Mayer brings this bittersweet production back to the West End, featuring music and lyrics by Bob Merrill and Jule Styne. Marking the 50th anniversary of the original West End opening in 1966, Funny Girl impressed audiences at the Menier Chocolate Factory and continued its brilliantly acclaimed run at the Savoy Theatrel.

Performance dates: 07 Oct 2016 - 08 Oct 2016

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes (including 15 minute interval)

Age recommendation: Suitable for all ages (Savoy Theatre may refuse entry to children aged 3 and under)

Special notice: Those who missed out on the chance to see the production at the Menier Chocolate Factory now have the opportunity to catch the production in the magnificent setting of the Savoy. Fans of traditional musical theatre such as Guys and Dolls will adore this production, whilst adamant fans of Funny Girl will love Smith’s fresh take on the title role.

Best Seats

SeatPlan Recommends: The Savoy offers wonderful views, particularly from the front of the Dress Circle. Avoid the rear of the Stalls as the seats are often uncomfortable with restricted views. For a better view on a budget, the Upper Circle offers excellent views.

Latest audience reviews

Sheridan Smith was brilliant, in fact the whole cast were great, I would love to see this again. Musical... More

susanclements 02 Jul 2018

Sheridan Smith was brilliant, in fact the whole cast were great, I would love to see this again. Musical numbers were so good, even if you are a fan of Barbra Streisand you will love this production.

susanclements 02 Jul 2018
matthewseaman 10 May 2018

This was my second visit to The Savoy to see Funny Girl. I went intentionally to see Natasha J Barnes... More

imogenbrady 22 Aug 2017

This was my second visit to The Savoy to see Funny Girl. I went intentionally to see Natasha J Barnes again and she was exceptional both times around. Funny Girl is a must-see ~ a lively show with ensemble dance numbers, big sings and a lead character who you can empathise with. It follows the story of Fanny Brice's dream to star on stage, her struggles and hard work and the hardships that ensued. With quite a minimal stage design, props are brought on/off so there isn't too much going on to detract from the acting, however the staging and beautiful costumes take you right back to early-20th century New York and set the scene perfectly. It will make you laugh and cry and both at the same time! Catch it if you can.

imogenbrady 22 Aug 2017

Sheridan Smith was incredible.

rachelbone 25 Feb 2018

A stunning revival of the classic Broadway musical. Sheridan Smith has bring shoes to fill after the... More

Lethaniel-S-C 06 Jun 2017

A stunning revival of the classic Broadway musical. Sheridan Smith has bring shoes to fill after the legacy Barbara Strisand left on the role of "Fanny Brice". So how does she compare?, she's amazing. She definitely steals the show as the girl who creates a career and shines on stage. If your reading this review now the show is no longer on at the Savoy Theatre but if you can definitely catch it on its UK Tour through 2017. Overall I would definitely recommend this show.

Lethaniel-S-C 06 Jun 2017

Sheridan Smith gives a very strong leading performance in Michael Mayer's production, with a charming... More

mickeyjotheatre Top 200 reviewer12 Apr 2017

Sheridan Smith gives a very strong leading performance in Michael Mayer's production, with a charming performance from Darius Campbell opposite her. The flaws in the show's book are quite evident in this production.

mickeyjotheatre Top 200 reviewer12 Apr 2017
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