Our House, the musical based around the greatest hits of 1980s ska band Madness, has delayed its world premiere this autumn by five days. It will now have its official opening night at the West End's Cambridge Theatre on 21 October 2002, rather than 15 October as previously announced. The show's first two previews have also been cancelled, with performances now starting on 2 October rather than 30 September.

The £2.5 million show features a book by playwright Tim Firth and is directed by Matthew Warchus with design by Rob Howell and choreography by Peter Darling.

Billed as "A London Love Story", the musical comedy has a fictional Sliding Doors-like plotline. It's a modern-day morality tale about young Joe, his mates, his girlfriend Sarah and the night Joe commits a petty crime to impress her. After the crime, Our House follows the two courses Joe's life would have taken had he a) stayed to face the music when the police arrived, or b) bunked the law and made a run for it.

The 26-strong Our House cast will be led by newcomer Michael Jibson as Joe, while his best mates Emmo and Lewis will be played, respectively, by Richard Frame and Oliver Jackson (just seen in the West End in The Glee Club). Further cast details have yet to be announced.

The musical features more than 20 of Madness' songs including One Step Beyond", "House of Fun", "My Girl" and the title song. Madness, who are acting as associate producers alongside Rupert Lord and Tiger Aspect, has also written two new songs for Our House, including one tentatively titled "Sarah's Song" which will be released as a single. In December 2002, the band will be launching a major new concert tour.

- by Terri Paddock