We chat to the star behind music and lyrics as the hit musical prepares to transfer.
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, 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. So maybe they have changed just a bit.
In this new production, Whitehouse also takes centre stage as Grandad, uniting with Tom Bennett as Del Boy and Ryan Hutton as Rodney in this unique showstopper. The new production comes to the Theatre Royal Haymarket, in the heart of London’s West End, from 9 February 2019.
Take a look at the hilarious behind-the-scenes trailer below:
Featuring cherished material from the TV series, with all the laughs, dodgy dealings and unforgettable moments to boot, Only Fools and Horses – the Musical is set to take audiences on a thrilling drive down memory lane, reacquainting fans of the hit show with some of Britain’s most loveable rogues and unforgettable characters.
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, Only Fools and Horses – the Musical is a feel-good, family celebration of traditional, working class London life and the aspirations we all share.
Written by Paul Whitehouse and Jim Sullivan, and based on the programme Only Fools And Horses written by John Sullivan with additional music by John Sullivan and Chas Hodges, and fully endorsed by the Sullivan estate.
Sound CUSHTY? Our presale for the show is now open. Book your tickets via Ticketmaster.co.uk.
Based on the programme ‘Only Fools and Horses’ written by John Sullivan
Additional music by John Sullivan & Chas Hodges
Directed by Caroline Jay Ranger