Only Fools and Horses - The Musical

Tuesday 9 October 2018

London West End - Musicals - Shows

The classic TV comedy, Only Fools and Horses, gets the musical treatment and premieres at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 9 February next year.
Only Fools and Horses - The Musical at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

Image: Theatre Royal Haymarket

Created and written by John Sullivan, the BBC TV sitcom Only Fools and Horses ran between 1981 and 1991 followed by various specials before finally concluding in 2003.

Now, a musical based on the classic TV show is set to premiere in the West End, written by and starring Paul Whitehouse, who has written the musical with John Sullivan's son Jim Sullivan.

Mr Whitehouse will star as Grandad, alongside Tom Bennett as Del Boy, and Ryan Hutton as Rodney.

Only Fools and Horses is scheduled to play at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 9 February 2019, with an official opening night on 19th February and currently booking to 22 June 2019.

Tickets are due to go on sale later this week.

Directed by Caroline Jay Ranger, the musical will be set in Peckham in 1989 as Del Boy sets out to find love, while Rodney and Cassandra are preparing to get married, Boycie and Marlene are giving parenthood one final shot, and Grandad takes stock of his life.

The musical will feature the show's original theme song, which was written by Chas & Dave, a well as most of the show's popular characters, including Trigger, Raquel, Denzil, Mickey Pearce, Mike the Barman and the dreaded Driscoll Brothers.

Announcing the show, Paul Whitehouse said ...

"This was the last project that John Sullivan was working on when he died - he was just starting to develop Only Fools as a musical - so when writing it, Jim and I have remained very faithful to the feel and scripts of the TV series, but also highlight some contemporary issues.

We're very conscious of the Only Fools legacy and that it's so fondly remembered by people of almost all ages, so we've tried to incorporate everyone's favourite moments from the TV shows and of course, all the great characters - but this time it's with songs."


Mais ouis, mais ouis, the world may have changed a lot since we first bid a jovial 'au revoir' to the Trotters of Peckham, but good 'ol Del Boy, Rodney and the rest of the gang haven't changed a bit … well, apart from the odd spontaneous bursting into song here, and the occasional dancing across the market, there.

The landmark, record-breaking and top-rated television series Only Fools and Horses, written by the late, great John Sullivan, undoubtedly holds a special place in the hearts of the British public.

Now John's son Jim Sullivan has teamed up with comedy giant Paul Whitehouse to write and produce a script and score to honour his father's legacy; recreating the iconic series into a brand-new, home-grown British Musical spectacular. Lovely Jubbly!

Whitehouse also takes centre stage as Grandad, uniting with Tom Bennett (Del Boy) and Ryan Hutton (Rodney) in this unique showstopper.

Featuring cherished material from the TV series, the laughs, dodgy dealings and unforgettable moments to boot, join us as we take a trip back to 1989, get reacquainted with Britain's most loveable rogues and experience the classic comedy brought to life once again through an ingenious and hilarious original score; an idea so inexplicably pukka it surely proves the old adage that he who dares wins!

With musical contributions from Chas n Dave, the beloved theme tunes as you've never heard them before and an array of comic songs full of character and cockney charm, you're guaranteed to have a right knees-up!

Only Fools and Horses the Musical is a feel-good, family celebration of traditional, working class London life and the aspirations we all share.


Author: Paul Whitehouse and Jim Sullivan, based on the programme 'Only Fools And Horses' written by John Sullivan
Composer: Additional music by John Sullivan & Chas Hodges
Director: Caroline Jay Ranger


Theatre Royal Haymarket
18 Suffolk Street


From: Saturday 9 February 2019

Closes: Saturday 22 June 2019


Standard: From £26

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