The spoof X Factor musical I Can’t Sing has run into problems once again after previews of the show were postponed for the second time in a week.
The show had been due to preview on Thursday and Friday at the London Palladium this week but will now make its debut to advance audiences next week, with producers blaming the delay on a technical hitch.
Producer Rebecca Quigley explained: “Our teams have been working extremely hard to correct a problem which has developed this week with a particularly intricate piece of technical equipment.
“Our show features a hugely ambitious set, including a multi-truck system on track embedded in the stage, to allow pieces to move constantly during the performance.
“This tracking system is not operating correctly and it’s imperative, for the safety of our actors and the quality of the production that we’re committed to delivering, that we take the time needed to resolve this issue.
Ms Quigley apologised to ticket holders and added: “I can assure you that everyone at the Palladium is working night and day to guarantee that I Can’t Sing!, in all its hilarious, all-singing, all-dancing glory, will begin previews next week as scheduled.”
The X Factor-inspired show, written by comedian Harry Hill, tells the story of a young woman who lives in a caravan with a talking dog and finds fame on the talent show.
Former EastEnders and Downton Abbey actor Nigel Harman plays a Simon Cowell-type figure in the show, previewing one of his musical numbers at the National TV Awards in January.