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Only Fools and Horses musical heading to the West End

Oly Fools And Horses musical

Story by Jack Foley

A MUSICAL version of classic TV sitcom Only Fools & Horses is making its way to the West End.

Co-written by Paul Whitehouse and Jim Sullivan, son of the sitcom’s creator John, the musical will open at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London in February 2019.

Whitehouse, of The Fast Show fame, will play Grandad opposite Tom Bennett’s Del Boy and Ryan Hutton’s Rodney.

The musical promises to combine well known scenes from the original TV show with ‘hilarious’ new material. It will also feature fan favourite supporting characters such as Boycie, Trigger, Marlene and Denzil.

Set in 1989, the musical will show Del and Rodney finding love with Raquel and Cassandra against the backdrop of a rapidly changing Peckham.

Whitehouse told the BBC that he and Jim Sullivan had “remained very faithful” to the original’s “feel” while also seeking to “highlight 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.”

The late Chas Hodges, of Chas and Dave fame, helped compose the show’s 20 new tunes. Yet while most of the show’s score is original, Whitehouse went on to reveal that it would contain a “mash-up” of the two songs that play over Only Fools & Horses‘ opening and closing credits

The musical – which John Sullivan was working on at the time of his 2011 death – is “fully endorsed” by the late writer’s estate.

Sir David Jason, Nicholas Lyndhurst and Lennard Pearce played Derek, Rodney and Grandad Trotter in the long-running series.