Sheridan Smith has revealed that she is set to star in Trevor Nunn’s next play, after receiving the invitation from the director by text in December.
The leading actress of West End hit, Legally Blonde, was on a family holiday over the Christmas period when she received the message. It was from the director, inviting her to join the cast, which includes Sienna Miller. The play will be a rare revival of Terence Rattigan’s wartime drama ‘Flare Path’.
Smith claims she was so excited that she dropped plans for a proper break after her 14-month stint of stage performances. Just two mere weeks after ending her run in Legally Blonde at the Savoy, Sheridan leapt into rehearsals for the play, which previews at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on March 4.
The 29-year-old actress is set to play a barmaid called Doris in Flare Path, one of several Rattigan revivals marking his centenary. Flare Path is set during the Second World War and tells the story of a love triangle featuring an actress, played by Sienna Miller, a young RAF bomber pilot and the actress’s former lover, a Hollywood star. The 1942 play was made into the 1945 film, The Way To The Stars.
Last night at the Price of Wales theatre saw the Whatsonstage.com awards taking place, where Smith was named best actress in a musical for Legally Blonde.
Smith said: “I was going to take time out. Legally Blonde’s been the best 14 months of my life.” Then she got the text from former National Theatre head Nunn. “He said, ‘I want you to do this, I think you’re amazing, I’m a big fan.’ How could I say no?”
The Whatsonstage awards are voted on by the public. Legally Blonde won four gigs and Lord Lloyd-Webber’s Never Dies won two. Les Misèrables’ 25th anniversary concert was crowned.