Only Fools And Horses RETURNS as West End musical – Cast, tickets, info | Theatre | Entertainment

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The classic sitcom is getting a stage adaptation, due to launch at the Theatre Royal Haymarket early next year.

Previews are revealed to be taking place from February 9, with press night on February 19 marking the official start of the run.

Paul Whitehouse is on board as Grandad, with Tom Bennett as Del Boy and Ryan Hutton as Rodney.

Whitehouse has also written it with Jim Sullivan, with the full support of the Sullivan estate.

Tickets are on sale from today, Monday 8 October, and start at £15 – bookable from Ticketmaster and on the Only Fools musical website.

A synopsis reads: “John Sullivan’s iconic and record-breaking television series has been turned into a brand-new, home-grown West End musical spectacular.

“With a script and original score by John’s son, Jim Sullivan and comedy giant Paul Whitehouse, prepare to get reacquainted with Britain’s most loveable rogues and experience the classic comedy brought to life once again through 20 ingenious and hilarious songs.

“Paul 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.

“Join us as we take a trip back to 1989, where it’s all kicking off in Peckham. While the yuppie invasion of London is in full swing, love is in the air as Del Boy sets out on the rocky road to find his soul mate, Rodney and Cassandra prepare to say ‘I do’, and even Trigger is gearing up for a date (with a person!).

“Meanwhile, Boycie and Marlene give parenthood one final shot and Grandad takes stock of his life and decides the time has finally arrived to get his piles sorted.

“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.”

The show will be directed by Caroline Jay Ranger and also promises to treat fans to characters such as Raquel, Denzil, Mickey Pearce, Mike the Barman and the Driscoll Brothers.

Only Fools and Horses had, overall, a 33-year run – winning six BAFTA awards along the way.

It starred David Jason as Del Boy, Nicholas Lyndhurst as Rodney, Lennard Pearce as Grandad and Buster Merryfield as Uncle Albert.

It still holds the record for the biggest audience ever recorded for a single transmission of a TV programme in the UK, attracting a whopping 24.35 million viewers in 1996.

Source : EXPRESS

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