Complete casting has been announced for the forthcoming U.K. and Ireland tour of the Menier Chocolate Factory production of Funny Girl, starring Olivier winner Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice. The tour launches February 18 at the Manchester Palace Theatre.
Richard Fitch directs the tour based on Tony winner Michael Mayer's original direction. The production also has choreography by Lynne Page.
Playing opposite Smith will be Chris Peluso as Nick Arnstein; they will perform in Manchester, Milton Keynes, Liverpool, Bristol, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Newcastle, Southampton, Bradford, Southend, Cardiff, and Dublin. It was also announced that the run will extend for a further two weeks, returning to Manchester to complete its run with Smith and Peluso playing the final dates.
Natasha J. Barnes and Darius Campbell will play Fanny Brice and Nick Arnstein, respectively, in Stoke, Aberdeen, Woking, Canterbury, Glasgow, Nottingham, Norwich, Llandudno, Wolverhampton, and Plymouth.
The company will also include Nigel Barber (Florenz Ziegfeld), Zoë Ann Bown (Mrs. Meeker), Martin Callaghan (Mr. Keeney), Jennifer Harding (Emma), Rachel Izen (Mrs Brice), Joshua Lay (Eddie), and Myra Sands (Mrs. Strakosh) with Rhianne Alleyne, Kit Benjamin, Lloyd Davies, Flora Dawson, Joseph Dockree, Abigayle Honeywill, Brontë Lavine, David Mcintosh, Peter Nash, Gillian Parkhouse, Tom Partridge, Nova Skipp, Alexandra Waite-Roberts, Sam Wingfield, and Alexandra Wright.
The creative team also includes set designer Michael Pavelka, costume designer Matthew Wright, lighting designer Mark Henderson, sound designer Richard Brooker, musical supervisor and arranger Alan Williams, and orchestrator Chris Walker.