Nigel Harman, Simon Cowell and Harry Hill at the launch of I Can't Sing!
Nigel Harman, Simon Cowell and Harry Hill at the launch of I Can't Sing!

The producers of I Can't Sing! The X Factor Musical at the London Palladium have decided to postpone the beginning of previews by 48 hours due to "technical issues caused by the ambitious staging of the new musical comedy".

As a result, the performances scheduled for Thursday 27 and Friday 28 February 2014 will no longer go ahead, with the first preview now taking place on Saturday 1 March.

Rebecca Quigley, producer for Stage Entertainment, said: "After much careful thought and discussion we've decided that we need to take some more time to work on technical aspects of I Can't Sing! at the Palladium. As audiences will soon see the production is hugely ambitious, and the volume of installation and scale of the set means that technical work has taken slightly longer than could have been anticipated to make the show audience-ready.

"We want everyone who comes to see I Can't Sing!, from the very first preview, to have the best possible experience. We, therefore, feel that this course of action is the responsible thing to do as producers, both for our cast and production staff at the theatre and for our audiences. This is not a decision taken lightly and I'd like to apologise to those who had booked, and indeed sold out, these initial two performances."

Ticket holders should contact their original point of purchase for further details.