Sheridan Smith has already endured a difficult year. Just a few months ago she received the news of her father’s death. Then last summer, she was forced to pull out of the London leg of her show Funny Girl due to exhaustion. And now, sadly, Sheridan has received even more bad news, which has resulted in her having to pull out of the nationwide tour of Funny Girl temporarily.
The 35-year-old singer and actress has contracted the mumps virus, and has had to cancel her some of her tour appearances as a precaution. The tour is currently in Essex. It’s advised that people with the mumps avoid human contact for around five days.
Sheridan, who won acclaim with her BBC drama The Moorside, plays the lead role Fanny Brice in the musical, a young girl who heads to New York with hopes of finding fame and fortune.
On the 15th June, it appeared that Sheridan was looking forward to touring the production around the UK, as she was quoted in an interview saying
“Touring is a new experience for me, and I can’t wait to see how different places respond to the show in different ways, it will make the show feel even more ‘live’.
“I’ve also never done a tour before, so I’m really looking forward to visiting so many great cities!”
The mumps is a contagious viral infection categorised by painful swelling – so it’s clearly a tricky illness to tackle whilst still working.
Currently, the play is enjoying a 7-date run at Cliffs Pavilion in Southend, Essex, and is on tour until August. Actress Natasha Bryce will take over in Sheridan’s place until Sheridan returns next week, the 26th June 2017.
The theatre said: “Everyone wishes her a speedy recovery.”