HIT WEST END PRODUCTION OF FUNNY GIRL STARRING OLIVIER AWARD WINNER SHERIDAN SMITH TO BE SCREENED IN

ONE NIGHT ONLY!

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2018

TICKETS NOW ON SALE AT WWW.FUNNYGIRLINCINEMAS.COM

THEATRICAL TRAILER ALSO UNVEILED - http://bit.ly/FunnyGirlTrailer

(New York, NY) Following the announcement of screenings around the United Kingdom, Trafalgar Releasing announces today that FUNNY GIRL starring Olivier Award winner Sheridan Smith will be broadcast in cinemas globally on Wednesday October 24, 2018 following the smash hit stage production that played to critical acclaim at the Menier Chocolate Factory, in London's West End and on tour. Tony

Award winner Michael Mayer’s production was filmed during the final week of its run at the Manchester Palace Theatre by Digital Theatre, and will be released in cinemas by Trafalgar Releasing.

To download the theatrical trailer click here.

For tickets and additional screening information visit www.FunnyGirlInCinemas.com.

Darius Campbell played Nick Arnstein to Smith’s Fanny Brice, and they were joined by 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.

“Fanny Brice was an extraordinary woman who broke the mold for female entertainment, not only that, she was a brilliant comic! Her lack of vanity and her goofiness made her unique and very special, and the role was an utter joy to play. I’m beyond excited to be able to share our production of Funny Girl with audiences across the pond in North America.” Sheridan Smith

“As a special treat to fans of Funny Girl, Trafalgar Releasing thought this would be perfectly timed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the film (released in 1968). This stage production is sure to delight theatre and film fans, retelling Funny Girl’s vibrant story line that embodies the American dream of all things are possible.” Kymberli Frueh, SVP, Programming and Content Acquisitions at Trafalgar Releasing

Funny Girl is a bona-fide American classic, so it's wonderful to be able to share this smash-hit West End production with American audiences. Sheridan Smith gives an unforgettable star turn as Vaudeville icon Fanny Brice in this new live capture from Digital Theatre, Sonia Friedman Productions and London's Menier Chocolate Factory.” Robert Delamere, Capture Director and Founder of Digital Theatre

With music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill and book by Isobel Lennart, the Broadway smash which skyrocketed Barbra Streisand to stardom, was revived with Sheridan Smith playing Fanny Brice, who rose from the Lower East Side of New York to become one of Broadway's biggest stars under producer Florenz Ziegfield. While she was cheered onstage as a great comedienne, offstage she faced a doomed relationship with the man she loved. With a score featuring now-classic songs such as "People", "You Are Woman, I Am Man" and "Don't Rain on My Parade", this new production was a must-see theatrical event.

BIOGRAPHIES

Sheridan Smith (Fanny Brice) Her theatre work includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Michael Grandage Company at the Noel Coward Theatre), Hedda Gabler (Old Vic), Flare Path (Theatre Royal Haymarket – Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress, Evening Standard Theatre Award and Critics’ Circle Theatre Award 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). For television, her credits include Clean Break, Ratburger, The Moorside Project, Blackwork, The C Word, Cilla, The Widower, The 7.39, Dates, Mr Stink, Mrs Biggs (BAFTA Award for Best Actress), Accused, Scapegoat, Little Crackers, Jonathan Creek, Gavin & Stacey, Larkrise to Candleford, Grown Ups, Love Soup,Two Pints of Larger and a Packet of Crisps, The Royle Family and Wives and Daughters; and for film, The More You Ignore Me, The Huntsman, Powder Room, Quartet, Tower Block and Hysteria. She released her self-titled debut album Sheridan in November 2017 and embarked on a subsequent sell out tour.

Darius Campbell (Nick Arnstein) His theatre work includes in the West End, Chicago, Guys and Dolls, Gone with the Wind, and From Here to Eternity; Carmen (Europe and 02) and The History of the Big Bands (tour). Also a recording artist, his first single Colourblind went to #1 in the UK singles chart.

Michael Mayer (Director) His West End credits include Spring Awakening (Lyric Hammersmith and Novello Theatre) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Shaftesbury Theatre) and the premiere of Nico Muhly’s MARNIE for the ENO. For Broadway his work includes the upcoming Burn This starring Adam Driver and Keri Russell, as well as Head Over Heels, Michael Moore’s The Terms of My Surrender, Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Tony Award nomination for Best Director), On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, American Idiot (Drama Desk Award for Best Director of a Musical), Spring Awakening (Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Drama Desk Award for Best Direction of a Musical) and You're a Good Man Charlie Brown (Drama Desk Award nomination for Best Direction of a Musical). For television, his work includes Smash and Alpha House, and for film his credits include A Home at the End of the World, Flicka and Chekhov's The Seagull. For the Metropolitan Opera Rigoletto, Marnie, and a new production of La Traviata.

FUNNY GIRL

Music by Jule Styne Lyrics by Bob Merrill

Book by Isobel Lennart from an original story by Miss Lennart

Revised Book by Harvey Fierstein

Directed by Michael Mayer

Choreography is by Lynne Page, with set design by Michael Pavelka, costume design by Matthew Wright, lighting design by Mark Henderson and sound design by Richard Brooker, the musical supervisor is Alan Williams and orchestrations are by Chris Walker.

The capture of Funny Girl is co-produced by Digital Theatre and Sky Arts.

For more information or to find a cinema screening Funny Girl please visit: www.funnygirlincinemas.com

TRAFALGAR RELEASING

Trafalgar Releasing is an award-winning, market leader in global event distribution, working in partnership to unite audiences with entertainment and the arts. Trafalgar Releasing is an integral part of Trafalgar Entertainment Group.

Since its launch in 2006, Trafalgar Releasing (formerly operating as Picturehouse Entertainment) brings special events to the big screen around the world. Our theatre slate includes The King & I: From The London Palladium starring Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe, Michael Grandage's acclaimed production Red starring Alfred Molina, Funny Girl The Musical starring Sheridan Smith, the

Olivier and Tony award winning An American in Paris: The Musical, The Rocky Horror Show Live, Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s live season and Monty Python Live (mostly).

Trafalgar Releasing works with some of the world’s most renowned houses & companies; distributing high-profile arts content to cinemas worldwide from the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Opera House. Additionally distributing in the UK, content from the Bolshoi Ballet, Glyndebourne and The Metropolitan Opera.

Our music slate includes Muse: Drones World Tour, Sophie Fiennes' Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami, David Gilmour Live at Pompeii, Roger Waters The Wall, Rammstein: Parisand Black Sabbath: The End of The End, alongside our collaboration with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds; Distant Sky – Live in Copenhagen, One More Time with Feeling (directed by Andrew Dominik) & 20,000 Days on Earth.

In addition, Trafalgar Releasing has distributed award winning feature films including Paul Verhoeven’s Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner, Elle, starring Isabelle Huppert, BAFTA winner The Imposter; The Lobster, starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz; Green Room with Patrick Stewart; Todd Solondz’, Wiener-Dog, starring Greta Gerwig and Danny DeVito and Swiss Army Man with Daniel Radcliffe.

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DIGITAL THEATRE

Founded in 2009, Digital Theatre is the world’s leading performing arts platform, collaborating with world-class producing houses to capture, curate and bring the best of live theatre, ballet, opera and classical concerts, to your own screen. Performances can be streamed anytime, anywhere, to any device.

Their mission is to make the performing arts accessible to all, irrespective of social, economic or geographic circumstances. For £9.99 per month, subscribers get unlimited access to all Digital Theatre’s current and future productions. For non-subscribers, each production is available to rent online for 48 hours, at a price of £7.99.

Subscribers and renters to Digital Theatre have access to over 90 award-winning productions, from Simon Russell Beale in The Tempest, Paapa Essiedu in Hamlet and Antony Sher in King Lear, all from the Royal Shakespeare Company, right to full performances by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.

Digital Theatre also has an award-winning educational arm, called Digital Theatre+, which provides more than 1,600 schools, colleges and universities, and four million students, in 65 countries, with access to over 1,000 curriculum-linked, audio-visual and written assets.

For any Digital Theatre assets, trailers or further content, please visit the press site here: press.digitaltheatre.com

For interviews and expert comment, please contact Charlotte Treadaway at charlotte.treadaway@digitaltheatre.com / 07802 895 470

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