Funny Girl

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‘the best female performance to be seen in the West End’



‘such full-hearted charm that you can only surrender to it’



‘a prodigious talent for comedy’

Sheridan Smith plays Fanny Brice Tuesday-Saturday from July 18th, with Natasha J Barnes alternating at other performances.

Sheridan Smith stars as the enigmatic Fanny Brice in the highly-anticipated transfer of the beloved musical Funny Girl. After a smash-hit run at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2015, which sold out within minutes, Funny Girl transfers to the Savoy Theatre London for a strictly limited run beginning April 20th.

Funny Girl originally premiered on Broadway in 1964 and was first seen in London in 1966 at the Prince of Wales Theatre, with the revival marking the musical’s 50th anniversary. Fanny Brice is the iconic role originated by superstar songstress Barbra Streisand, who also played Brice in the much-loved 1968 film. In its opening year, Funny Girl received 8 Tony Award nominations, but was pipped to the post by new musical Hello Dolly. Despite failing to scoop any awards, the original cast recording of the musical was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Set around the outbreak of World War One, and during the aftermath, Funny Girl is based on the life of real actress and comedienne Fanny Brice. Following Brice’s rise to fame, the musical documents the tumultuous relationship she shared with Nick Arnstein, the well-known entrepreneur and gambler. Funny Girl features one of the most famous Broadway scores, with music by the prolific Jule Styne. Memorable songs include “People”, “You Are Woman” and the show-stopping “Don’t Rain on My Parade”.

Don’t miss the opportunity to catch this dazzling musical at London’s Savoy Theatre, opening April 9th until October 8th 2016, with an official opening on Wednesday April 20th.

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Funny Girl features music and lyrics by Jule Styne (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Gypsy) and Bob Merrill, with a book by Isobel Lennart and a revised book by Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots) for this revival. Tony Award-nominee Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, Hedwig and the Angry Inch) directs Funny Girl, with choreography by Lynne Page (American Psycho), set design by Michael Pavelka, costume design by Matthew Wright, lighting design by Olivier Award-winning Mark Henderson and sound design by Richard Brooker.

Olivier Award-winning actress Sheridan Smith stars as Fanny Brice, following in the footsteps of world-famous songstress Barbra Streisand. Smith has extensive stage and screen credits, and is the recipient of an Olivier Award for her performances in Legally Blonde and Flare Path. Her appearances on stage include A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Noel Coward and Hedda Gabler at the Old Vic Theatre, as well as Little Shop of Horrors and Into the Woods. Film and television credits include Mrs Biggs, Cilla, The C Word, The 7:39, Jonathan Creek and Gavin and Stacey.

Sheridan Smith is joined by platinum-selling recording artist Darius Campbell as Nick Arnstein, Valda Aviks as Mrs Meeker, Natasha J Barnes as Emma/Mrs Nadler, Marilyn Cutts as Mrs Brice, Maurice Lane as Mr Keeney, Bruce Montague as Florenz Ziegfeld, Joel Montague as Eddie Ryan, Gay Soper as Mrs Strakosh, Philip Bertioli as Cornet Man, Emma Caffrey as Bubbles, Rebecca Fennelly as Polly, Luke Fetherston as John, Matthew Goodgame as Director/Renaldi/Paul, Kelly Homewood as Vera and Sammy Kelly as Mimsey. Additional cast members include Sanchia Amber Clarke, Lucinda Collins, Joelle Dyson, Leah Harris, Sam Murphy, Tom Murphy, Clare Rickard and Oliver Tester.

Song List

Act I

  • “Overture” – Orchestra
  • “If a Girl Isn’t Pretty” – Mrs Strakosh, Mrs Brice, Eddie Ryan and People
  • “I’m the Greatest Star” – Fanny Brice
  • “Cornet Man” – Fanny Brice, Snub Taylor and Keeney Chorus
  • “Who Taught Her Everything?” – Mrs Brice and Eddie Ryan
  • “His Love Makes Me Beautiful” – Ziegfeld Tenor, Ziegfeld Girls and Fanny Brice
  • “I Want to Be Seen With You Tonight” – Nicky Arnstein and Fanny Brice
  • “Henry Street” – Henry Street Neighbors
  • “People” – Fanny Brice
  • “You Are Woman” – Nicky Arnstein and Fanny Brice
  • “Don’t Rain on My Parade” – Fanny Brice

Act II

  • “Sadie, Sadie” – Fanny Brice and Friends
  • “Find Yourself a Man” – Mrs Strakosh, Mrs Brice and Eddie Ryan
  • “Rat-Tat-Tat-Tat” – Ziegfeld Company and Fanny Brice
  • “Who Are You Now?” – Fanny Brice
  • “The Music That Makes Me Dance” – Fanny Brice
  • “Don’t Rain on My Parade (reprise)” – Fanny Brice

Show Lengths and Times

Funny Girl opened at the Menier Chocolate Factory in November 2015, before transferring to the Savoy Theatre in April, where it opens April 20th for an extended run until October 8th 2016. Performances are at 7:30pm every day, excluding Sundays, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2:30pm.

Show running time is approximately 2hrs and 40mins including an interval.

Suitable for Children?

Funny Girl may not be suitable for very young children. Please note that the Savoy Theatre will not admit children under the age of 3.



Tickets for Funny Girl at the Savoy Theatre London are now on sale and you can book them above, by using the search form on the right of the page.


Have you seen Funny Girl? If so please share your thoughts in the comments section below!


  1. Hello, Are there seats available in April for Funny Girl please? The website only refers to May not April? I am looking for 3 seats on a Saturday in April. We are planning to come up from Devon to watch! I look forward to hearing from you.

    Many thanks


    1. Hi Kathy,

      Sheridan Smith is scheduled to appear in every performance. However, we cannot guarantee this at the time of booking.

  2. I purchased 4 tickets for Funny Girl Tuesday 31st May dress circle
    M – 16/17/18/19 and cannot now go on that date so booked the same tickets
    For the following night. The ticket agency I booked through London Theatre
    Direct – on your website – say they cannot try and resale them for me and that I should ask you to see if you can resell at your box office at the Savoy.
    Since it will be a sell out show I wondered – and hoped – that you could help
    Me with this or tell me what I can do – help!

    1. Hi Deborah,

      Please call the Savoy Theatre Box Office with your enquiry: 0844 871 7687 (calls cost 7p/pm) – they will be able to deal with you directly and hopefully sort out your tickets!

  3. We’ve got Stalls seats in Row U. I’m concerned they may have a “restricted view” from the Circle overhang.
    What part, if any, of the stage is obscured.

    1. Hi Melvyn,

      The view from Row U in the Stalls has very minor restrictions. The Circle may cut off the very top of the stage, however you will have a clear and mostly unobstructed view.

  4. My friends and I are coming to see the 7:30pm performance on Sat 16th April.
    Does the running time of 2hrs 30mins include the interval break, making a 10:00pm finish or later?
    We are coming by train and need to know what time to get train tickets home for.

  5. Could you tell me what the previewing from the 9th till the19th April means as the show officially opens on the 20th April. Have booked tickets for the 12 th April.

  6. I am told that press reports claim that Sheridan has dropped out of the show after differences of opinion with the producers. I have tickets for June 8th. Please tell me this is just a rumour and that she is still in the cast

  7. Good evening Editor. I wonder if you are able to advise me please. I would love to bring my elderly mother to see Sheridan Smith as she is a fan of hers, my problem being my Mum has not been out all winter as she is disabled with heart condition, she is able to walk with her wheeler, now that the weather is improving I was hoping I would be able to surprise her, and take her to the show.Are there any tickets still available near the front. Your assistance would be much appreciated. Kind regards Freda

    1. Hi Freda,

      Please call: 0844 871 7677 (calls cost 7p/pm) for access requirements. This will take you to ATG, who will be happy to discuss special assistance.

  8. Hi, thank you for such a wonderful matinee watching Funny Girl, FANTASTIC! I was wondering if there was any way of getting hold of a small funny girl the musical t shirt as there weren’t any available at the theatre today. Thank you.

  9. I have just seen Sheridan Smith perform in yesterday’s evening performance of Funny Girl. Can you let her know please that she was a better Fannie Brice than even Babs!!! (And I love Babs). She made us laugh and cry so much we came away from the Savoy like an emotional wreck. We were mesmerised, I’ve never enjoyed a musical so much and I’ve seen a lot of musicals. Tell her Thank You for the amazing effort she put in for us it was obviously 110% and I’m guessing she does this every performance and not just for us. What an amazing performer, I didn’t think anyone could top Elmelda’s performance in Gypsy but how wrong was I? She smashed it and we still are in a daze. Sheridan you are the bomb x

  10. I travelled down from Co Durham with my daughter on 7 May to see Sheridan Smith as Funny Girl. I am a huge fan of Sheridan Smith and I have to say that she was BRILLIANT! as were the rest of the Cast. It is an amazing show and I am so pleased that I got to see it. As a disabled woman, my only problem was with our seating arrangements in the theatre; which were no fault of the theatre as we had booked through Superbreak. A massive THANK YOU to Ben, who works for the Theatre, who went to a huge amount of trouble to find a wheelchair to wheel me around to a more suitable entrance. Once again a superb show and thank you Sheridan. Anne

  11. I am so glad that all the comments are from people who actually were lucky enough to see Sheridan Smith. We were not so lucky last night (09th May).
    No advance notice (I am not on twitter), only caught that she was not performing by talking to someone in the bar. No announcement at all, by any of The Savoy staff.
    When questioning a member of staff about Sheridan Smith, she replied “but you are here to see the show” No No No. I did not pay out for train fares, meals, and seats NOT to see Sheridan Smith. She was the reason we went.
    The understudy was brilliant, and congratulations to her.

  12. Was at yesterdays (11th may) matinee performance of funny girl. Natasher j Barnes was absolutely brilliant. As has been said before a star is born! So glad I was present to see Natasha achieve this status. Regarding Sheridan , she obviously has massive problems and I think she should take at least 6 months out and try and fully recover. The show is in safe hands with Natasha in the lead roll. Darius Campbell has to be mentioned because he is a massive star of the show also. His performance yesterday was truly outstanding. Darius you have made it despite Simon Cowell!. Well done. Anybody who feels disappointed that Sheridan is absent, don’t worry , you will still enjoy the show.

    1. Was at matinee performance today . Brilliant show Natasha was outstanding as was Darius . This is the second time I’ve seen it and not disappointed . A superb cast keep up the good work . :-):-)

    2. Been to see funny girl today for the second time and was dissapointed
      Natasha is a star in the making she was outstanding as was Sheridan when I saw her play fanny Brice .
      Darius is brilliant too . The whole cast are a pleasure to watch . Hope to come see it again with Sheridan back in her role as fanny Brice.

    3. Cannot add any more except that 5 ladies had the most wonderful day on Saturday 26th June matinee in VIP lounge with Lydia and Elliot

  13. Also a ‘West Yorkshire 2 ‘
    Only booked because wanted to see Sheridan smith, however , the trip from Leeds has been well worth it. Natasha was amazing. Well done the rest of the cast…
    Get well soon Sheridan X

  14. Natasha J Barnes was more than amazing in today’s show. This is definitely a must see production. Filled with laughs and incredibly cast. The best I have seen in a long time.

  15. Went to see funny girl last night and thought it was fantastic. Natasha was superb and although I haven’t seen the show with Sheridan, I don’t think she could have been any better. Well done Natasha, a fabulous performance.

    Oh, any by the way, the rest of the cast were great as well.

    If you’ve not seen the show, it’s a must.

  16. Oh my goodness! What a performance last night by the pure-voiced super talented Natasha J Barnes! She was so good on “People”, “Don’t Rain on My Parade” and “The Music that makes me Dance” that my friend and I cried. Better than Streisand. And Darius Campbell such a beautifully judged vocal performance as Nick Arnstein – and what an absolute gentlemen – every scene with Natasha he let her shine – what a showman and true star. Standing ovation – Natasha and Darius. Go see if you haven’t – you MUST! PS we loved the hug that Darius gave to Natasha at the curtain call – so sweet.

  17. WOW!!! 🙂 🙂 WHAT a show! Natasha Barnes is AMAZING!!!
    Went to see the show knowing that Sheridan was indisposed, but wanted to see the show, anyway. SO glad we did! It was absolutely FANTASTIC! The whole cast were amazing. Darius also stood out. Natasha Barnes however, was magnificent!
    I can tell from other comments that I am not alone in thinking this way! I will certainly be looking out for Natasha Barnes in other musical roles, and be making a point of going to see her in future. And I can’t wait!! 🙂

  18. Saw FunnyGirl today, the show was amazing. A huge Well Done to all the cast Natasha is a Star to be watched …. Absolutely Fantastic You deserved the standing ovation you got

    Well Done everybody, could watch it again
    Don’t miss out People !!!!!

  19. Sheridan’s understudy on Tuesday Nastasha Barnes was amazing and I will definitely try to see her again in future roles, she was brilliant!!!!! I highly recommend trying to get tickets for Funny Girl whilst Nastasha is still playing Fanny Brice, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

  20. Bought tickets last year to see the show because Sheridan was going to be
    playing the lead. Initially was gutted to hear she wasn’t currently in the role. Saw the show last night with Natasha Barnes in the lead role instead, and wasn’t disappointed in the slightest. She was amazing….a really talented actress and great singer. So glad we decided to still go and see it! Hope Natasha goes on to great things and has many more lead roles….she thoroughly deserves to!

  21. Saw Funny Girl last night and after recent press reports was not expecting to see Sheridan in the starring role on a Monday performance, however, we were elated when it was announced she would be in the show and she certainly didn’t disappoint! What a star. Well done Sheridan, good to see you back… What a voice!

  22. Wow! What a show! Just returned from 4 nights in London seeing a different musical each night but this one was by far the best! Sheridan was amazing though congratulations are due to all the cast – they were mesmerising.

  23. Hi,

    Can you please tell me if Sheridan Smith is currently performing in Wednesday matinees.

    Many thanks

    Richard Danker

  24. I had tickets to see Funny Girl in May but Unfortunately Sheridan Smith was unwell, I was lucky that I was able to change my tickets as I really wanted to see Sheridan as I think she is a great Actress and singer. I went to see the show today and it was absolutely fantastic, amazing, brilliant. Wow what can I say Sheridan was great and Darius Campbell played an amazing Nick Arnstein. I was so emotional at the end of the show watching Sheridan, she was visibly upset at the fantastic reaction that she got from everyone at the show. I think she got some terrible press following her break from the show. Unless people have gone through the heartache of a parent that you love will all your heart face a cancer battle or die from this terrible disease then who are that to judge how a human being handles their emotions and grief. Well done Sheridan you got through a difficult time in your life and you bounced back to continue to be an amazing performer.

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