A play about the highs and lows of being a Saints fan has had its Southampton launch delayed until Saturday

Technical problems with the Nuffield Playing Field pop-up theatre, pictured, have led to the delay of new play The Saints

Technical problems with the Nuffield Playing Field pop-up theatre, pictured, have led to the delay of new play The Saints

First published in News by , Entertainments Editor

A GROUNDBREAKING play showcasing the highs and lows of being a Saints fan has been delayed due to a major technical glitch.

Entitled The Saints, it was due to start a 17-night run on Friday at the purpose-built Nuffield Playing Field pop-up theatre venue in Guildhall Square.

The venue- that combines football stadium with Jacobean-themed theatre - was due to open on Friday as the City celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Now as the building team races to complete work that started a month ago at the site the Nuffield has said that the launch will have to be put back by one day.

Nuffield spokesman Chris Duncan said that due to some “technical setbacks” with the new structure the launch will now be on Saturday night at 7.30pm.

He told the Daily Echo:”The cancellations have been necessary because the company building the structure, Assemble Architects have been held up through their suppliers. Quite a few parts of it have been custom-made because of the unusual nature of the building so to release pressure and rather than have a half-finished venue that could be risky we decided to cancel the first two performances.”

All those who have bought tickets for those two performances are being contacted and offered a full refund or tickets for another performance.

Anyone who has not heard and has bought tickets can contact the box office on: 023 8067 1771.

Chris added:”It would have been different if this was just a one-night show but for us to go ahead could have been dangerous and customers might not have experienced what they expect. The extra 24 hours will make all the difference; I believe they have all the parts they need now. It's an incredibly complex and challenging project: building work only started on June 30th.

“But this type of project is what the architects specialise in so we are sure everything will be fine.

They are currently doing a project in Glasgow for the Common Wealth Games and they created the Chichester Festival Theatre's Theatre on the Fly, so they are experts in their field.

“We want to be 100 per cent ready for the audience."

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2:26pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Costa Baz says...

Bought by Liverpool?
Bought by Liverpool? Costa Baz
  • Score: 9

2:29pm Tue 29 Jul 14

sarfhamton says...

Did Liverpool buy all the actors?
Did Liverpool buy all the actors? sarfhamton
  • Score: 8

2:29pm Tue 29 Jul 14

sarfhamton says...

Costa Baz wrote:
Bought by Liverpool?
Great minds..............
[quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: Bought by Liverpool?[/p][/quote]Great minds.............. sarfhamton
  • Score: 4

2:29pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Linesman says...

Costa Baz wrote:
Bought by Liverpool?
Now appearing at a theatre near Anfield.
[quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: Bought by Liverpool?[/p][/quote]Now appearing at a theatre near Anfield. Linesman
  • Score: 7

2:51pm Tue 29 Jul 14

JanisB says...

Yes the major technical glitch was my heart breaking over the loss of our core players.
Yes the major technical glitch was my heart breaking over the loss of our core players. JanisB
  • Score: 5

3:29pm Tue 29 Jul 14

chapelsaint says...

Thesbians -don't you just love them!
Thesbians -don't you just love them! chapelsaint
  • Score: -2

3:54pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Linesman says...

chapelsaint wrote:
Thesbians -don't you just love them!
I'm not that way inclined!
[quote][p][bold]chapelsaint[/bold] wrote: Thesbians -don't you just love them![/p][/quote]I'm not that way inclined! Linesman
  • Score: 0

4:17pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Big Mac says...

Calm down, calm down! The cast have only gone for their shellsuit fittings!
Calm down, calm down! The cast have only gone for their shellsuit fittings! Big Mac
  • Score: 2

6:12pm Tue 29 Jul 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

Les and Ralph , both had HEADACHES , come on ALL say Aaaaaaaagh.
Les and Ralph , both had HEADACHES , come on ALL say Aaaaaaaagh. SPIKEISLANDTRADER
  • Score: -1

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