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Brand new comedy The Funny Girls reunites Barbra Streisand and Joan Rivers

Rosanna Harris and Mia Tomlinson, The Funny Girls (credit Mark Senior) (2)

A brand new comedy will explore the lives of Barbra Streisand and Joan Rivers.

Written by playwright Roy Smiles (Kurt and Sid; Ying Tong), The Funny Girls will premiere at the Studio at New Wimbledon Theatre this September before an extended run at Upstairs at The Gatehouse from October.

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Bringing together two legendary talents in a brand new, ‘what if’ comedy, The Funny Girls explores the fantastical clash of ego and dreams between two young starlets: Barbra Streisand and Joan Rivers.

Rosanna Harris, The Funny Girls (credit Mark Senior)
Rosanna Harris, The Funny Girls (credit Mark Senior)
Mia Tomlinson and Rosanna Harris, The Funny Girls (credit Mark Senior)
Mia Tomlinson and Rosanna Harris, The Funny Girls (credit Mark Senior)
Rosanna Harris and Mia Tomlinson, The Funny Girls (credit Mark Senior)
Rosanna Harris and Mia Tomlinson, The Funny Girls (credit Mark Senior)

The fictional reunion spawns from the pair’s infamous gig before their time in the spotlight, finding companionship in a short-lived off-off-off Broadway production.

Stepping into the shoes of the world-renowned superstars will be Mia Tomlinson (The Beast Must Die, Britbox; The Lost Pirate Kingdom, Netflix) as Joan Rivers, and Rosanna Harris (Grease, UK tour) as Barbra Streisand.

Rosanna Harris, The Funny Girls (credit Mark Senior)
Rosanna Harris, The Funny Girls (credit Mark Senior)
Mia Tomlinson, The Funny Girls (credit Mark Senior) (2)
Mia Tomlinson, The Funny Girls (credit Mark Senior)

The production will be directed by Michael Strassen (Falling Stars; Assassins; Billy) with set and costume design by Jean Gray, lighting by Andrew Exeter and sound by Dan Samson.

Two rising stars with big dreams, The Funny Girls follows the trials and errors of paving a way to success in bygone America and knowing when to seize your moment. From a dingy box theatre and questionable script to the bright lights of Vegas and TV stardom, both women vanquish their previous shortcomings to come out on top. But both cannot be the most talented Jewish woman on the planet.

A hilariously fast-paced game of wit and wisecracks from two Jewish juggernauts in their prime, Rivers and Streisand spar for superiority. From overbearing mothers and closeted homosexual lovers, to troublesome beauty standards and the level of fame, no cards are left unturned. But was it all worth it?

The Funny Girls runs Friday, 17 – Friday, 24 September 2021 at the Studio at New Wimbledon Theatre with tickets available online here.

It will run at at Upstairs at The Gatehouse from Tuesday, 26 October to Sunday 21 November with tickets available here.

Mia Tomlinson and Rosanna Harris, The Funny Girls (credit Mark Senior)
Mia Tomlinson and Rosanna Harris, The Funny Girls (credit Mark Senior)

Producer Thomas Hopkins comments: “Having produced Kurt and Sid with Danny Dyer and Shaun Evans in 2009 at Trafalgar Studios, I’m delighted to have the opportunity to share Roy Smiles’ new comedy in collaboration with the Ambassador Theatre Group and New Wimbledon Theatre for their special season for new writing.

“The team and I couldn’t be more excited to showcase the phenomenal talents of Mia Tomlinson and Rosanna Harris in this hilarious new production.”

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