Mudlarkers show will still go on say Portsmouth New Theatre Royal bosses

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THEATRE bosses have delayed putting on a production about mudlarkers in Portsmouth.

The New Theatre Royal revealed in January last year how The Mudlarkers, written by city councillor Margaret Foster, would be the venue’s first show once it re-opened.

But there hasn’t been enough time to rehearse the show, and instead The Great Gatsby will kick off the theatre’s return on Thursday night.

Blackeyed Theatre will present the premiere of Stephen Sharkey’s stage adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s classic, a tale set amid the decadence of America’s Jazz Age.

It follows a £4m transformation of the Guildhall Walk theatre, which has seen two new sections built and a revamp of the stage.

But executive director at the theatre Caroline Sharman said The Mudlarkers – which will tell the stories of mudlarkers from the 1940s who performed tricks on mudflats off The Hard – will still go ahead at a later date. ‘We have got the script, we just haven’t had the space to rehearse,’ she said.