The premiere of new British musical The Golden Voice has been delayed due to a funding issue.

The show, which is written by singer-songwriter Nick Fogarty and stars Darren Day as a 'fame hungry singer' who enters a TV talent show, was due to begin previews at the Arts Theatre tonight (12 June 2013) but will now open on 26 July, with previews from 17 July.

According to a press statement: "Due to investment money from China being tied up in international banking red tape, there has been a delay to the opening of The Golden Voice."

The limited season is still due to end on Saturday 31 August.

General manager Julian Stoneman said, "New musicals all bring their own individual set of challenges, but now we have the green light from the producer's international bank, the cast and crew are raring to go. The set is looking spectacular and I am truly excited about what the next couple of months will bring for Mr Fogarty's production."

The Golden Voice, which is directed by Guy Retallack, also stars Sebastian Torkia, Yvette Robinson, George Maguire and Natalie McQueen, with Daniel Robinson, Nina French, Joe Sterling, Imogen Brooke, Patrick Burbridge, Sarah Goggin, Tom Newman, Jason Gray, Stephie Crocker and Joseph Claus.

The show, which was scheduled to replace cancelled Nancy Dell'Olio bio-play In The Powder Room, is produced by Rob Hewitt and Nick Fogarty for Abbey Investments (Golden Voice) Limited.