The 34-year-old star plays the lead in the West End musical, but just hours before she was due to arrive on stage for Monday's (09May16) performance, bosses at the theatre announced she would be replaced by her understudy.

"Due to the indisposition of Sheridan Smith the role of Fanny Brice will be played by Natasha J Barnes at tonight's performance of Funny Girl," a Twitter post from the Savoy Theatre's official account read.

Sheridan's no show came just a day after she appeared at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) TV Awards on Sunday, where she looked disappointed after her TV drama about a cancer patient, The C Word, lost out in the Best Single Drama category, and she was overlooked for the Leading Actress award.

Minutes after Monday's show ended without her, she apologised to fans in a post on Twitter which appeared to blame the media for her withdrawal.

"Well done press!" she wrote. "U let down me,the cast & everyone who spent money to see me. I apologise Profusely! Sorry! Sorry I'm not strong enough."

In tweets posted on Tuesday morning (10May16), the British actress continued to hit out at the media, posting a link to an article about her withdrawal from the website of Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper and writing, "f**k off".

Audience members who attended Monday's performance at the Savoy Theatre expressed disappointment the star had failed to make it on stage after appearing at the BAFTAs.

"Obviously if she's too ill to perform, that's a shame," theatregoer Julian O'Dell tells London's Evening Standard newspaper. "But with last week's abandoned show and now a no-show, coupled with the fact that she was fine at the BAFTAs, it's surely reasonable to be frustrated."

Monday's withdrawal is not the first time the show has run into difficulties. A performance on 28 April was halted due to "technical difficulties" amid allegations Sheridan was slurring her words on stage. Her agent denied claims she was drunk. After a 40 minute delay the performance was cancelled.

The actress also pulled out of several Funny Girl shows at London's Menier Chocolate Factory venue in March after discovering her father Colin was suffering from cancer.

After withdrawing from the shows Sheridan took to Twitter to promise fans she would personally reimburse those who'd paid for tickets, and accused show bosses of pressuring her to return to the stage.

Sheridan is due back on stage at the Savoy for a performance of the musical on Tuesday night (10May16).