Drawing: Sheridan Smith in Flare Path at Theatre Royal Haymarket

Sheridan Smith Flare Path

In 2011 Trevor Nunn directed a West End revival of Terrance Rattigan’s Flare Path at the Theatre Royal Haymarket as part of the playwright’s centenary year celebrations.

The story involves a love triangle between a pilot, his actress wife and a famous film star set in a hotel near an RAF Bomber Command airbase during WWII.

Universally acclaimed by the critics as a superb production, the were equally in agreement that Sheridan Smith stole the show. A major subplot involves her character Doris, a former barmaid who is married to and totally devoted to a Polish Count flying with the RAF.

She has the rare claim of winning Olivier Awards two years running followed by a BAFTA. Her second Olivier won for Flare Path. Sheridan is always generous with her time at the stage door where she signed this black biro sketch.

Drawing: Sheridan Smith in Hedda Gabler at The Old Vic Theatre

sheridan smith hedda gabler

The role of Hedda Gabler in Henrick Ibsen’s startling resonant play is considered the ‘hoop through which every aspiring actress must jump’.

According to critics, Sheridan Smith certainly jumped! She signed my sketch at the Old Vic Theatre in October 2012.

Drawing: Sheridan Smith and David Walliams in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Noël Coward Theatre

midsummer night's dream

For our wedding anniversary each year my wife Frankie and I celebrate with a little Shakespeare. Last year we saw Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry in Twelfth Night at the Apollo Theatre. This year the Winters saw A Midsummers Night’s Dream at the Noël Coward Theatre with Sheridan Smith as Titania and David Walliams in the ‘Bottom’ role. I did this quick sketch before hand, but on the anniversary evening Sheridan was “indisposed,”  so we didn’t see her on stage.

David was happy to sign after the performance. I went back a week later and Sheridan, as usual was delightful. She loved the drawing and thanked me for taking the time to come back and was pleased to sign it.

Mark David Walliams Frankie