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Sheridan Smith cancels further Funny Girl performance

British actress Sheridan Smith dropped out of a second Funny Girl show on Wednesday (02Mar16) after her father’s cancer diagnosis.
The Cilla star, who has taken on Barbra Streisand’s famous Fanny Brice role in the musical, pulled out of a show on Tuesday (01Mar16) after finding out her father Colin Smith was battling cancer.
She originally told fans on Twitter.com that she would just be taking one night off, but subsequently wrote a now-deleted tweet accusing the show’s producers of pressuring her to return immediately.
A spokeswoman for the show issued a statement insisting that was not the case, and Smith would be taking the Wednesday night off as well.
She says, “Our priority at this time is to Sheridan and her family. Sheridan’s primary concern is quite rightly her father’s wellbeing, and we support her wholeheartedly… We would never ask nor expect an artist to perform in this situation, and ask that you respect her and her family’s privacy at this time. She will not be performing in Funny Girl this evening, and we will take each day as it comes.”
Funny Girl closes at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London on Saturday (05Mar16) ahead of a transfer to the Savoy Theatre in April (16).
Smith has now made her Twitter account private.

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