Funny Girl, the hit musical starring Sheridan Smith, has extended its London run at the Savoy Theatre two months before it begins at the West End venue.
The production, which is currently running at the Menier Chocolate Factory until 5 March, has added four weeks to its season at the Savoy. The show will now close on 8 October.
Tickets for the new weeks will go on sale on 8 February.
Funny Girl, the musical that rocketed Barbra Streisand to stardom, tells the story of Fanny Brice, a musical hall singer who rose to become one of Broadway’s biggest stars. While onstage she was lauded as a great comedian, off stage she struggled in a doomed relationship with the man she loved.
The musical, which features music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Bob Merrill, features classic songs including People and Don’t Rain On My Parade.
Smith, who was last on the London stage in the Michael Grandage-directed production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is a double Olivier Award winner, having picked up statuettes for her performances in Legally Blonde The Musical and Flare Path.
When Funny Girl’s time at the Savoy Theatre comes to a close it will be replaced by another hit musical about female performers. The West End debut of Broadway hit Dreamgirls was announced today. Led by Glee star Amber Riley, the London production will open at the Savoy in November.