Audience members were left disappointed after a show with Paul Gascoigne left them seeing the former English football star for only 50 minutes.
Despite An Audience with Paul Gascoigne at the Kings Theatre in Portsmouth being advertised as starting at 7.30pm on Friday night with a running time of two hours 15 minutes the first half of the show was spent auctioning iconic sporting memorabilia.
During the first segment of the show organisers Golden Promotions sold items totalling £2030 and which included a Gordon banks signed gloves and a Michael Owen signed England shirt before Gascoigne finally took to the stage.
Audience members were left disappointed after a show with Paul Gascoigne left them seeing the former English football star for only 50 minutes at the Kings Theatre in Portsmouth
According to fans the former football player appeared during the second segment of the show after an auction
Among the famous items sold during the auction were: a Gordon banks signed glove at £200, a Michael Owen signed England shirt at £220, a Phil the Power Taylor signed shirt at £220, a Usain Bolt signed pictures at £100 and a Ricky Hatton & Ant Joshua signed glove at £280.
Other items included a Hurst & Peters signed shirt at £220, a Vinnie Jones signed picture at £170, a Jimmy White & O’Sullivan signed picture at £100, a Gazza signed England shirt at £300 and a signed Gazza picture at £220.
Fans were also invited to buy a signed Gascoigne football boot for £100 each.
Following the auction fans were told that a 20 minute interval would ensue before they could see the footballing legend.
During his interview Gascoigne spoke about his amusing football stories and shared anecdotes of former footballer Sir Bobby Robson
One audience member, who did not wished to be named, said: ‘This Gazza is offering nothing to do with his mental health or well being!
‘Following the auction the MC announced it was time for a 20 minute interval. This announcement was met with abusive chanting by large sections of the crowd who also started calling for Gazza.
Despite the show being advertised as starting at 7.30pm with a running time of two hours 15 minutes the first half of the show was spent auctioning iconic sporting memorabilia
One audience member, who did not wished to be named, said: ‘Following the auction the MC announced it was time for a 20 minute interval. This announcement was met with abusive chanting by large sections of the crowd who also started calling for Gazza’
‘Gascoigne eventually came on to the stage after the interval (at 20.50) for just 50 minutes. A lot of the fans were left feeling that it had all been a cynical ploy to make money from the crowd.’
One unhappy customer reviewed the event in a blog post, writing: ‘The PA opened the proceedings by saying we had a fantastic guest waiting to come on… But no, it was a foul-mouthed comedian using an expletive with every other word and a body of material that would be too crude to include in this review.’
‘Impatience grew, resulting in howls and boos and more swearing (from the audience) but still the comedian ploughed on. The atmosphere was now turning decidedly toxic and we were eventually put out of our misery.
Audience members took to Twitter to vent their frustration, questioning why it took so long for Gazza to appear and why there was such a long interval
‘Now an hour through the show but still no Paul, chants of we want Gazza were greeted by the long-suffering PA, informing us we about to have an auction.
‘By this time, I was feeling very uncomfortable, the frustrations that were being vented were now turning to anger, this was not the entertaining evening I was looking forward to.
‘With Gazza still nowhere in sight and my partner pleading to leave, I left this famous old theatre feeling down hearted and disappointed to have not seen my hero but genuinely relieved to be out of, what was fast becoming, a very hostile evening.’
Audience members also took to Twitter to vent their frustration, with a man named Ryan asking the theatre: ‘is Gazza even here. #embarrassing’
Another wrote: ‘what the hell is this warmup/auction??? Here to see Gazza, this is terrible’ and followed up later with: ‘And now a 20 min interval!! I left work early for this’
During the interview the former Tottenham star spoke candidly about his career and shared anecdotes about former footballer Sir Bobby Robson.
He also spoke about how he felt with missing the 1991 FA Cup Final which had always been a childhood dream of his.
Tickets for the show were priced between £27.50-£35 with the VIP package extending to £50.
The show’s organizers and the King’s Theatre Portsmouth were not immediately available for comment.