Sheridan Smith returns to Funny Girl stage door after producers' heatwave advise

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    She left her devoted fans concerned after skipping her usual meet-and-greet at the stage door following her turn in West End show Funny Girl this week.

    But Sheridan Smith returned with a bang on Thursday night as she stepped out to chat with her adoring audience after her latest turn on the stage.

    The actress returned to the role of Fanny Brice on 8 July following time off for stress and exhaustion, but producers feared her prolonged stints talking to devotees would leave her tired – especially as temperatures soared to the 30s in London this week.

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    She’s back! Sheridan Smith returned with a bang on Thursday night as she stepped out to chat with her adoring audience after her latest turn on the stage in Funny Girl, after producers advised her to skip the nightly routine

    In a statement, producers Sonia Friedman, David Babani and Scott Landis told The Sun: ‘Given the number of people at stage door and the amount of time it takes for Sheridan to see everyone, we – the producers – advised Sheridan not to sign every night, particularly during the heatwave.

    ‘In our experience it is unrealistic to expect a leading actor to sign after every performance.’

    But the bubbly blonde – who takes on the role of Fanny Brice in the hit musical – returned with a huge smile, and gave fans a thumbs up as she exited through the stage door.

    Sheridan looked healthy and in high spirits as she approached the crowd to sign autographs and pose for snaps before heading home.

    Take it easy: The actress returned to the role of Fanny Brice on 8 July following time off for stress and exhaustion, but producers feared her prolonged stints talking to devotees would leave her tired - especially as temperatures soared to the 30s in London this week

    Take it easy: The actress returned to the role of Fanny Brice on 8 July following time off for stress and exhaustion, but producers feared her prolonged stints talking to devotees would leave her tired – especially as temperatures soared to the 30s in London this week

    All is well: The bubbly blonde - who takes on the role of Fanny Brice in the hit musical - returned with a huge smile, and gave fans a thumbs up as she exited through the stage door

    All is well: The bubbly blonde – who takes on the role of Fanny Brice in the hit musical – returned with a huge smile, and gave fans a thumbs up as she exited through the stage door

    Bombshell: Sheridan looked healthy and in high spirits as she approached the crowd to sign autographs and pose for snaps before heading home

    Bombshell: Sheridan looked healthy and in high spirits as she approached the crowd to sign autographs and pose for snaps before heading home

    Fans were said to be confused on Tuesday – the hottest day of the year – when Sheridan left the Savoy Theatre via a fire exit and sped away in a car instead of stopping to speak to them.

    A source told The Sun: ‘Sheridan had put in yet another world-class performance and fans wanted to congratulate her.

    ‘But after a short wait they were told she wouldn’t be turning up. Next thing, a car comes by and she gets in and it races off with the doors still open.

    ‘Everyone was worried because Sheridan treasures her fans and it didn’t seem like her to not acknowledge them.’ 

    Taking it easy: Sheridan Smith, pictured leaving the Savoy Theatre on Saturday, has been advised not to meet fans at the stage door every night and left revellers confused when she sped away on Tuesday night

    Taking it easy: Sheridan Smith, pictured leaving the Savoy Theatre on Saturday, has been advised not to meet fans at the stage door every night and left revellers confused when she sped away on Tuesday night

    Wowing the crowd: Sheridan has impressed critics and audiences with her performance as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl

    Wowing the crowd: Sheridan has impressed critics and audiences with her performance as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl

    Meet and greet: Sheridan's co-star Darius Campbell was seen meeting fans and posing for selfies on Wednesday night

    Meet and greet: Sheridan’s co-star Darius Campbell was seen meeting fans and posing for selfies on Wednesday night

    However, Sheridan’s co-star Darius Campbell, who spotted signing autographs and posing for selfies outside the theatre on Wednesday night. 

    Following Sheridan’s return last week, producers said she would play the role of Fanny from Tuesday through to Saturday, while her understudy Natasha J Barnes would perform on Mondays. 

    Sheridan has been in the role since December when the production originally opened in the smaller Menier Chocolate Factory in Borough, before moving to the West End in April.

    In March, Sheridan pulled out of one of the shows after finding out her beloved father Colin had been diagnosed with cancer.

    Slowly: Sheridan is known for her love of her fans, spending ages meeting them after each show

    Slowly: Sheridan is known for her love of her fans, spending ages meeting them after each show

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