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Tuesday, November 2, 2021


The next film in the Rhumbelow Classics Cinema programme is Funny Girl which will be screened on November 9 and 10, 2021, at 18h30.

Funny Girl, the smash-hit stage production starring Sheridan Smith, returns to cinemas. Michael Mayer’s production played to critical acclaim at the Menier Chocolate Factory, at the Savoy Theatre in the West End and on tour. It was filmed during the final week of its run at the Manchester Palace Theatre by Digital Theatre and released in cinemas by Trafalgar Releasing in 2018.

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 mould 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 UK.” Sheridan Smith

"Sheridan Smith gives the performance of a lifetime in this unforgettable production of Funny Girl. We are excited to give audiences the opportunity to see the show in cinemas across the UK. We look forward to collaborating with Digital Theatre, Sonia Friedman Productions and the Menier Chocolate Factory." Alice De Rosa, Director of Distribution for Trafalgar Releasing.

Funny Girl has been a true collaboration for all those involved, and yet again as we prepare to share the production with cinema audiences across the UK. It’s a privilege for Digital Theatre to have become part of the remarkable story of this production, working with so many fantastic collaborators and to have been able to capture this unforgettable star turn from Sheridan Smith.” Robert Delamere, Founder of Digital Theatre

With music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill and book by Isobel Lennart, the Broadway smash hit 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.

“A winningly exuberant performance. The most brilliant comic actress at work today.” Sunday Times

Screenings take place on November 9 and 10 at 18h30. Running time 165 minutes (including one 15-minute interval). Venue opens 60 minutes before show for snacks/drinks.

Tickets R100. Bring food picnic baskets or buy at the venue. A bar is available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises). Limited secure parking available

All seating will be at separate tables and the venues will obviously be seating co-habiting couples and/or family members. Covid limit – max 50. No walk-ins allowed. All tickets must be pre-booked.

Booking is essential on email: or

For more information contact Roland Stansell on 082 499 8636

Rhumbelow Theatre is situated at Cunningham Road in Umbilo and Tina’s Hotel is at 14 Beryldene Road in Kloof.