About

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.

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.

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….

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. The production will be directed by Michael Strassen (Falling StarsAssassinsBilly) and written by Roy Smiles, author of KURT & SID and YING TONG.

Tickets

Studio at New Wimbledon Theatre
17th - 24th September 2021
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Upstairs at the Gatehouse
26th October — 21st November 2021
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Cast

Mia Tomlinson
Joan Rivers
Rosanna Harris
Barbra Streisand

Creatives

Roy Smiles
Writer
Michael Strassen
Director
Jean Gray
Set and Costume Designer
Andrew Exeter
Lighting Designer
Dan Samson
Sound Designer
Thomas Hopkins
Producer
Guy Chapman
Associate Producer / General Manager
Debbie Chazen
Associate producer
Make a noise
Marketing
Chloe Nelken
Press
Ryan Jacques
Production Assistant