Only Fools and Horses musical starring Paul Whitehouse to premiere in the West End
A musical based on the classic British sitcom Only Fools and Horses is set to premiere in the West End, written by and starring Paul Whitehouse.
Based on the series written by John Sullivan, Whitehouse - who has written the musical with John’s son Jim Sullivan – will star in the musical as Grandad, alongside Tom Bennett as Del Boy, and Ryan Hutton as Rodney.
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 time take 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 West End musical, 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.”
Only Fools and Horses will run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 9th February 2019.
Only Fools and Horses tickets will be available from Thursday, 11th October.