Sheridan Smith Departs Bridget Jones' Diary, West End- Bound Tuner Based on Film
06 Apr 2012
Sheridan Smith has withdrawn from Bridget Jones' Diary, a new West End-bound tuner based on the film of the same name, that was due to open at the Savoy Theatre early in the fall, with a planned date around late September or early October.
According to a report in the UK's Daily Mail, just as the show's producers were about to sign the deal to secure the theatre, Smith and her representatives "said she did not want to commit to a long run that would take her away from what is clearly becoming a burgeoning film and television acting career."
The Mail reports that the move "has enraged those involved with the show," and quotes one creative connected with the show as describing it as "an act of pure selfishness." Her departure is being termed as a "scheduling problem and a failure to agree."
The show has Stephen Daldry on board as director, Peter Darling as choreographer and Lily Allen as composer. It is now being planned to bring it to the West End next year instead.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.