Sheridan Smith apologises for missing theatre performance due to father's illness

Chloe Best

Sheridan Smith has promised to make it up to fans who had booked tickets to see her West End show Funny Girl on Tuesday night after she pulled out of the performance at the last minute. The actress revealed that she had received some bad news about her father's health and would have "sobbed throughout" if she went ahead with the show.

Taking to Twitter on Wednesday morning, Sheridan wrote that she would be returning to the stage at the Menier Chocolate Factory Theatre, and hadn't pulled out of the musical completely.

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Sheridan Smith revealed her father Colin has been diagnosed with cancer

"People think I pulled out of Funny Girl, not just yet. I missed 1 show last night, back to finish this week @MenChocFactory then we'll see. <3u," she tweeted.

Sheridan also messaged fans personally promising to either reimburse their tickets or buy them new tickets for another show when it relocates to the Savoy theatre.

The actress apologised for cancelling her performance in Funny Girl

"I'm back tonight, apologies for last night, I would've just sobbed throughout :) back tonight with dad's support," she told one Twitter user. She added to another: "Comin back tonight, the show is my escapism & dad wants me on. Hated missing last night, needed a min to take it all in."

Sheridan had previously confirmed that she had pulled out of Tuesday's performance after receiving some bad news, and apologised for letting her loyal supporters down. At the time Sheridan was criticised by some Twitter users for cancelling at short notice, to which she revealed that her father had been diagnosed with cancer, the same disease that killed her brother 26 years ago.

Sheridan has offered to reimburse fans for their tickets

In a since deleted tweet, Sheridan wrote: "If u just found out ur dad had cancer u wouldn't be such a heartless human. Take care love."

Sheridan has a close relationship with her father Colin, and has previously spoken about her family's experience of cancer after her 18-year-old brother Julian tragically passed away from the disease when she was just eight-years-old.

Speaking while promoting The C Word, in which she played cancer sufferer Lisa Lynch, Sheridan said: "Of course I've been affected by my brother's death… It makes me value life, cherish my loved ones and be grateful for every day I have with them."

She added: "We should talk about it. It's a hideous disease and we need to try to fight it."

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