Friday, April 6

Sheridan Smith pulls out of Bridget Jones the Musical

 Sheridan Smith is currently in Sydney in Australia filming the ITV drama Mrs Biggs where she plays the wife of Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs.

For some time she has been linked with the new Bridget Jones musical playing the lead role but it now seems as the eleventh hour she has pulled out of the project. Lily Allen has written the music and Sheridan has been part of several workshops. Bridget Jones the Musical was due to go into rehearsals in August and open at the Savoy Theatre in late September/early October.

According to Baz Bamigboye in today’s Mail Sheridan did not want to commit to a long run in the West End as she now is in so much demand with a very successful film and television acting career. One clearly furious creative connected with the show described it as “an act of pure selfishness”. Saying: “The girl ain’t a movie star - give me a break! It’s every theatre producer’s nightmare. You spend years - and many thousands of pounds - developing a project with a top creative team that includes director Stephen Daldry, writer Helen Fielding, choreographer Peter Darling, Lily Allen, Julian Webber (Daldry’s associate on the Billy Elliot musical) and producers from Working Title. But in the meantime, your leading lady’s career is growing in stature, and she’s in mega demand.

The show will survive and Sheridan’s departure is being termed as a “scheduling” problem and a failure to agree, but Bridget Jones is now likely to be put on hold until next year.

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