The show is set to begin performances at London's Menier Chocolate Factory Nov. 20 prior to an official opening Dec. 2, for a limited run through March 5, 2016. Michael Mayer is set to direct Smith as Fanny Brice, the role famously originated by Barbra Streisand.
Smith previously appeared at the Menier in its 2006 revival of Little Shop of Horrors that subsequently transferred to the West End's Duke of York's. The production also subsequently toured (without Smith). She most recently appeared on stage in A Midsummer Night's Dream for the Michael Grandage Company at the Noel Coward Theatre. Other stage credits include Hedda Gabler (Old Vic), Flare Path (Theatre Royal Haymarket – Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress, Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Actress), Legally Blonde (Savoy Theatre – Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical), Tinderbox (Bush Theatre), The People are Friendly (Royal Court) and Into the Woods (Donmar Warehouse).
Watch performances of Smith below:
Legally Blonde's "So Much Better"
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend"
Promotional video for Little Shop of Horrors tour.
The run is now sold out. For further information, visit www.menierchocolatefactory.com.