West End Funny Girl Run Extended Before Even Beginning
London’s theatre scene works much differently from Broadway. Many productions begin as limited engagements and have the possibility to extended as Broadway is quite literally the opposite. However, with a string of recent hits heading to the stage, London theatre-goers have proved they just can’t get enough as countless American and British productions continue to extend their previously planned runs on the London stage. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that the upcoming West End run of Funny Girl has been extended months before performances have even begun!
Producers in London have announced that due to “unprecedented demand” in ticket sales, the upcoming West End run of Funny Girl has already extended its booking period into October 2016 as well as Olivier Award winner Sheridan Smith (Pictured Right) starring in the production as Fanny Brice. This news comes months before the West End run has even begun in London. Currently, the show is playing Menier Chocolate Factory where performances began November 20th before the production officially opened December 2nd, 2015. The show is slated to run there through March 5th, 2016. The current run of the show, at Menier, sold out its entire run within 90 minutes of tickets going on sale. This is what prompted a West End transfer announcement so early. Funny Girl will move to The Savoy Theatre where performances begin April 9th, 2016. The show was originally slated as a limited engagement of 12 weeks only through July 2016 but has since extended.
Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (Pictured Left) mounts the London return of Funny Girl with choreography by Lynne Page. The rest of the creative team includesMichael Pavelka as scenic designer, Matthew Wright as costume designer, Mark Henderson as lighting designer and Richard Brooker as sound designer. Alan Williams is musical supervisor while Chris Walker provides orchestrations. Mayer is no stranger to Broadway or London having mounted Spring Awakening and Thoroughly Modern Millie in the West End previously. On Broadway, Mayer most recently presented Hedwig And The Angry Inch as well as American Idiot, Spring Awakening and Thoroughly Modern Millie to name a few.
Aside from Smith as Fanny Brice leading Funny Girl back to London, other leading characters include Darius Campbell as Nick Arnstein,Marilyn Cutts as Mrs. Brice, Valda Aviksas Mrs. O’Malley, Natasha J. Barnes as Emma/Mrs. Meeker, Maurice Lane as Mr. Keeney, Bruce Montague as Ziegfeld, Joel Montague as Eddie and Gay Soper as Mrs. Strakosh. The ensemble includes Emma Caffrey, Matthew Croke, Joelle Dyson, Rebecca Fennelly, Luke Fetherston, Leah Harris, Kelly Homewood, Sammy Kelly and Stuart Ramsay.
Luner Lowdown: London is the land of extended theatre productions! Multiple U.S. and British based hits have announced over the past several weeks they will continue their run in the West End longer than expected due to demand in ticket sales. This is very exciting and a sign that London’s West End is perhaps growing with a number of productions U.K. theatre-goers are highly interested in seeing. Despite how well Funny Girl does in London’s West End, this is more than likely the last extension at The Savoy the show will see. It was announced last week the London premiere of Dreamgirls will take residence at that theatre beginning in November. Further life for the London return of Funny Girl has yet to be announced but of course, many are hopeful for a Broadway revival as well.
Luner on Theatre will keep you updated as London’s West End prepares to welcome back Funny Girl starring Sheridan Smith! We hope to bring you a first look at the show once it has moved to the West End and even more surrounding this exciting revival! If you want to see the Off-West End run of this show at Menier, there is less than one month left! For more information, visit Funny Girl’s Official Website, Facebook or Twitter. (Please note; Unless a photo is noted to be taken by Luner on Theatre, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post.) And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!