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'Only Fools And Horses' To Return After 15 Years

Claire Reid

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'Only Fools And Horses' To Return After 15 Years

The beloved British sitcom Only Fools and Horses is being turned into a West End musical. So that's your dad's Christmas present sorted.

The imaginatively titled Only Fools and Horses the Musical, is set to open on 9 February next year at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, London.

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The show was the last project that John Sullivan, who created the original sitcom, worked on before his death in 2011. It's set to feature 20 new songs, including music from Chas'n'Dave.

John's son Jim worked with comedian Paul Whitehouse (The Fast Show) on the script for the show and the pair say it will be a 'unique showstopper, unlike anything else in the West End'.

Speaking to the Mirror, Paul 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. So, it is not just a trip down memory lane.

"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."

Actor Tom Bennett will be taking on the role of Del Boy, while Ryan Hutton will be appearing as Rodney. Paul will be 'granddad'. Other popular characters including Trigger, Boycie and Raquel will also be back and, of course, The Nag's Head will feature.

The musical will be set in 1989, and according to the Mirror, will combine 'much-loved scenes' alongside brand-new material. So, I reckon you can expect to see a brand new Del Boy falling through the bar...


The original TV show ran 1981 to 2003 and made stars of David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst. It's 1996 episode, Time On Ours Hands, in which Del Boy finds an antique watch and finally becomes a millionaire, holds the current record for highest UK audience for a sitcom episode, pulling in 24.3million viewers.

For more information or tickets you can check out the website here.

Featured Image Credit: BBC/Only Fools and Horses

Topics: TV and Film, UK Entertainment

Claire Reid
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