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Sheridan Smith 'NOT Under Pressure To Perform' Following Father's Cancer Diagnosis, Theatre Bosses Insist

02/03/2016 17:55 GMT | Updated 02/03/2016 18:59 GMT

Theatre bosses have responded to suggestions from Sheridan Smith, who claimed that they were putting pressure on her to perform, after discovering that her father has been diagnosed with cancer.

Sheridan is currently appearing in a London production of the musical ‘Funny Girl’, but missed a performance on Tuesday night, when she learned the sad news about her dad.

After spending Wednesday morning sharing photos of her beloved father and interacting with fans on social media, she tweeted, in a post which has since been deleted: “You have no idea what I’m getting pressured into. They don’t give a f*** about my dad!”

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Sheridan Smith

A spokesperson for the production company has now confirmed that Sheridan won’t be performing in Wednesday’s performance, insisting that she has their support, saying: “Our priority at this time is to Sheridan and her family. Sheridan's primary concern is quite rightly her father's well-being, and we support her wholeheartedly.

“We would never ask nor expect an artist to perform in this situation, and ask that you respect her and her family's privacy at this time.”

They continued: "She will not be performing in Funny Girl this evening, and we will take each day as it comes.”

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Sheridan on stage in 'Funny Girl'

Fans of Sheridan disappointed to have missed her have since been told they can swap their tickets and gain access to the show when it moves to London’s Savoy theatre next month.

Sheridan opened up about her own experience with cancer when she played author Lisa Lynch in the drama 'The C Word' last year.

While preparing for the role in the TV adaptation of the best-selling memoir, Sheridan got to know her personally, and was left bereft when Lisa died before filming was complete.

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