Only Fools and Horses The Musical: A complete guide to the West End show
Since Only Fools and Horses was first broadcast in 1981, it’s become a family favourite for generations to watch together. With its slapstick comedic moments and larger-than-life characters, audiences have fallen in love with the show’s unique Cockney charm. But in 2019, the Trotters moved into the West End with the world premiere of Only Fools and Horses The Musical. Come with us on a trip to the Nags Head and see why you need to see this British musical. Only Fools and Horses The Musical tickets are available now.
Only Fools and Horses The Musical at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
It’s written by the son of an Only Fools and Horses scriptwriter
Continuing the family tradition, Only Fools and Horses The Musical has an original book by Jim Sullivan, the son of British scriptwriter John Sullivan. John Sullivan was a British screenwriter whose hit shows include Citizen Smith and The Green Green Grass, as well as the multi-award-winning Only Fools and Horses.
Following in his father’s footsteps, Jim Sullivan’s writing credits include Rock and Chips, a prequel to the 1980s series that followed the Trotters in 1960s London. With Only Fools and Horses The Musical kept in the family, it definitely keeps the original essence of the show and characters, but you’ll be able to see the Trotters get up to plenty more antics.
See Del Boy, Rodney and the gang again
Be taken back on a trip back to London in 1989, where the sun’s shining and there’s plenty of wheeling and dealing to be had! With Del Boy trying to find a soulmate, Rodney and Cassandra prepare to say ‘I Do’ to one another. Boycie and Marlene give parenthood one final shot and Grandad reflects on his life in this heartfelt, uplifting show. Whether you’ve seen every episode of Only Fools and Horses or you’ve never watched the TV show before, you’ll definitely leave the Theatre Royal Haymarket after spending an afternoon or evening with the coolest Cockneys around.
Why not take our Only Fools and Horses quiz now and see if you’d be able to spend an evening with the Trotters!
There’s music by John Sullivan and Chas Hodges
Taking inspiration from the television series, Only Fools and Horses The Musical features an original soundtrack with music by Paul Whitehouse and Jim Sullivan, as well as additional music by John Sullivan and Chas Hodges. So, whether you’re going on a trip to “Hooky Street”, “Holding Back The Years” or just wanting to see the Trotters sing, the soundtrack helps bring the characters to life while retaining the “feel” of the television show. Listen to the soundtrack here and then book your Only Fools and Horses The Musical tickets.
Paul Whitehouse stars as Grandad
See British comedian Paul Whitehouse star in Only Fools and Horses The Musical. After writing an original book for the musical alongside Jim Sullivan (John Sullivan’s son), don’t miss out on Paul Whitehouse’s hilarious performance as Grandad. In his critically-acclaimed career, he’s won five BAFTAs and a British Comedy Award for his roles in The Fast Show and Harry & Paul, working in partnership with Harry Enfield.
If you want to see Paul Whitehouse in Only Fools and Horses The Musical, you’ll have to be quick as he’s performing in the show until 2nd May 2020.
The iconic roles of Del Boy and Rodney are played by Tom Bennett and Ryan Hutton respectively, but in Only Fools and Horses, you’ll meet the entire gang, including Ashleigh Gray as Raquel, Pippa Duffy as Cassandra, Samantha Seager as Marlene and Peter Baker as Trigger.
The lovely-jubbly cast is completed by Jeff Nicholson, Chris Bennett, Oscar Conlon-Morrey, Adrian Irvine, Chris Kiely, Andy Mace, Andrew Bryant, Melanie Marshall, Lisa Bridge, Philip Childs and Lee Van Geleen.
The Trotters are at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
Only Fools and Horses The Musical has parked itself at the West End’s Theatre Royal Haymarket, with performances currently running to 27th June 2020. It’s right in the heart of Theatreland, close to Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square tube stations. Make sure you book Only Fools and Horses The Musical tickets and don’t miss out on this pukka show!