The Funny Girls

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Studio at New Wimbledon Theatre

Fri 17 Sep - Fri 24 Sep 2021

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1 hour 30 minutes
incl. interval
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When Barbra Streisand was nineteen she was no superstar. She was sleeping on her mother's couch. Her step father was making nose jokes. She was working in a Chinese restaurant. In an attempt to get out of Brooklyn she has a dream: to act.

Studio at New Wimbledon Theatre

Fri 17 Sep - Fri 24 Sep 2021
93 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1QG, UK
1 hour 30 minutes incl. interval
Mon - Fri at 19:45
Sat at 14:45 and 19:45
For group bookings of 10 or more:

Thus she finds herself in an off-off-off Broadway production. The play is lousy. The theatre is a shabby upstairs room. The woman playing her lesbian stalker? A recently divorced twenty four year old Joan Rivers. Joan is living with her parents. She wants to break out of her dull middle class life. Before she dreamed of being a comedian? She was going to be an actress. Thus she shares a shabby stage in a shabby theatre with the young, insecure Streisand.

On this night Streisand's mother has come to see the show. Barbra knows her mother will criticise. She knows her mother will dump on her dreams. She is terrified to face her. It's up to Joan Rivers to talk her into going on stage: to become the star she will surely be. There is an agent in to see the show. It's Rivers' big chance. She will get Streisand on stage come hell or high water. Mayhem ensues.

Fast forward ten years: Streisand is playing Vegas. She is a huge star. Rivers is now a hugely successful comedian. The toast of The Tonight Show. She comes to visit Barbra.

Both believe they are the most talented Jewish woman on the planet. One of them is wrong....

THE FUNNY GIRLS explores the egos & dreams of two of the greatest talents of their generation. They're funny, they're pissed off, they're - The Funny Girls. A comedy for two. Written by Roy Smiles, author of KURT & SID and YING TONG.

Directed By Michael Strassen

Set & Costume: Jean Gray

Lighting design: Andrew Exeter

Thomas Hopkins in association with Debbie Chazen & Guy Chapman

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Studio at New Wimbledon Theatre

93 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1QG, UK
Wimbledon Rail, Tube (District Line & Tramlink Station). South Wimbledon Tube Station (Northern Line).
The box office will open 90 minutes prior to performances.
Take the opportunity to tread the boards of the Studio Theatre when you visit our bar, tucked away at the back of the stage.
There is no cloakroom available at this venue.

Studio at New Wimbledon Theatre is a 50-80 seat black box theatre where amazing development work from new writers, comedians, directors and producers brings our former ballroom to life. Home of the #FromTheFringe season in June and our autumn Premieres season of new writing.

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Studio at New Wimbledon Theatre

Fri 17 Sep - Fri 24 Sep 2021
93 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1QG, UK
1 hour 30 minutes incl. interval
Mon - Fri at 19:45
Sat at 14:45 and 19:45
For group bookings of 10 or more: