Funny Girl at Savoy Theatre tickets
Funny Girl at Savoy Theatre tickets

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Overview

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.

Recommended for

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.

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

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes (including 15 minute interval)
Opened: 09 Apr 2016
Press night: 20 Apr 2016
Booking from: 07 Oct 2016
Booking until: 08 Oct 2016

Location and map

Savoy Theatre
Savoy Court, The Strand
London, WC2R 0ET

276 Reviews Add review

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

imogenbrady 5"3, 12 reviews, 1 helpful vote

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 5"3, 12 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I went to see Funny Girl with not very high expectations. I wasn't really sure who Sheridan Smith is but I like the storyline of t... More

mwestlake96 5"7, 5 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I went to see Funny Girl with not very high expectations. I wasn't really sure who Sheridan Smith is but I like the storyline of the show which is why I wanted to see it. On this night the understudy, Natasha Barnes, was playing Fanny Brice and she was breath taking. The cast for this show were a fantastic choice. Excellent triple threats by all. I was in tears by the end of the show and there was a long, well deserved standing ovation for the bows. I would recommend anyone to see this show. It definitely took me by surprise and I would love to watch Funny Girl again.

mwestlake96 5"7, 5 reviews, 1 helpful vote

The show was simply phenomenal. Sheridan Smith is simply outstanding if you want to see an acting masterclass do go before it fini... More

claudiegilchrist 5"8, 3 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The show was simply phenomenal. Sheridan Smith is simply outstanding if you want to see an acting masterclass do go before it finishes. Sheridan's comic timing is on point and how she reaches that emotional vulnerability each performance is beyond any performer out there. The music itself is so catchy so even if you are like I was unaware of the story or the songs you will still thoroughly enjoy it. Also, it was not just Sheridan who was outstanding the whole cast are perfectly cast meaning the production as a whole is simply superb. You are truly taken on an emotional rollercoaster and as a regular theatre goer this is honestly one of my favourite shows I have ever seen.

claudiegilchrist 5"8, 3 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This re-vamped revival of a classic musical is bursting with energy and fun. Sheridan Smith was born to play Fanny Brice, a role t... More

jgblunners 6'2", 109 reviews, 2 helpful votes

This re-vamped revival of a classic musical is bursting with energy and fun. Sheridan Smith was born to play Fanny Brice, a role that she masters with heaps of comedy but also manages to play the more serious moments beautifully. Her vocals are impressive - not as powerful as Barbra Streisand, but with something different that keeps the audience engaged with every note. The rest of the cast is also fantastic, and the orchestrations really make the music shine. The staging is ingenious, with creative use of travellators built into the stage. A couple of moments fall slightly flat, but Smith manages to bring it back every time keep the audience engaged throughout the whole show.

jgblunners 6'2", 109 reviews, 2 helpful votes

This has got to be one of the best shows I have seen all year! Please do book this up and see it before it closes in October - you... More

georgenewsome 44 reviews, 4 helpful votes

This has got to be one of the best shows I have seen all year! Please do book this up and see it before it closes in October - you will not be disappointed. First time it's been revived in 50 years so you will be lucky if you get to see it - especially with seats going like flies! The performances are grand - Sheridan Smith is sublime. Such an amazing dancer, singer and actress - simply the best! Such a nice, friendly and lovely lady to meet too. Do book this show up! It's simply amazing!!!!

georgenewsome 44 reviews, 4 helpful votes

A fantastic adaptation of the play and film! Sheridan Smith is fantastic and got a standing ovation on the show! Darius (playin... More

paulfootie 6'3", 83 reviews, 3 helpful votes

A fantastic adaptation of the play and film! Sheridan Smith is fantastic and got a standing ovation on the show! Darius (playing the love interest!) is excellent and has and excellent voice. The whole cast makes for an excellent show and a brilliant running show. The staging is excellent and very simple but very effective using two moving walk ways!

paulfootie 6'3", 83 reviews, 3 helpful votes

We booked because we wanted to see Sheridan Smith but of course she's dropped out for a while and we saw her understudy Natasha Ba... More

mikeharps 6 reviews, 1 helpful vote

We booked because we wanted to see Sheridan Smith but of course she's dropped out for a while and we saw her understudy Natasha Barnes. She was phenomenal and any disappointment was quickly dissipated. Her singing and comic timing were brilliant. The audience cheered for her throughout and at the end she got a standing ovation. To see her standing there with such genuine tears of emotion on her face made your heart go out for her. I know Sheridan will be amazing but if you can catch this rising star before she returns, do it! And the rest of the cast was wonderful too! A great show.

mikeharps 6 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I LOVE musicals. It's what I was born to do, but not all of them move me, they all make me feel different. Funny Girl moved me. Th... More

tiffa89uk 1 review, 0 helpful votes

I LOVE musicals. It's what I was born to do, but not all of them move me, they all make me feel different. Funny Girl moved me. The only one that breaks the walls and has made me cry from the bottom of my heart and soul and bring up the happy person in me. It makes me love life at all costs. Makes it all worth it. Makes me get up on stage and makes me do what they are doing. I feel everything Fanny Brice is feeling. The best Musical theatre experience I've ever had has been with this musical and I would be so happy and thrilled to be able to see it again.

tiffa89uk 1 review, 0 helpful votes

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

Lethaniel-S-C 6", 37 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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 6", 37 reviews, 0 helpful votes