The Godfather star leads the cast of the new production, which is already in previews at New York's Gerald Schoenfeld Theater. It was slated to officially launch on 19 November (15), but producers announced on Monday (09Nov15) the show will now open on 4 December (15).

"The move allows the creative team additional time to work on the play before its world premiere," a statement reads.

Lead producer Jeffrey Richards also tells USA Today that "new dialogue and different elements" have been added to the work, explaining, "This is a brand new play that has never been done before, by a major American playwright."

The postponement comes amid reports of negative reviews from theatregoers and rumours Pacino has had trouble remembering his lines.

The veteran actor portrays a wealthy older man whose plans to retire and wed a younger woman are rocked by a startling phone call.

The production marks the fourth collaboration between Mamet and Pacino, whose last appearance on the Great White Way was in the 2012 revival of the playwright's Glengarry Glen Ross.

The limited run of China Doll is slated to close on 31 January (16).