Only Fools & Horses will return as a West End musical, previewing at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 9 February 2019 (press night is 19 February), with book, lyrics and score co-written by Paul Whitehouse and Jim Sullivan, son of the record-breaking television series creator, the late John Sullivan (additional music by John Sullivan and Chas Hodges).
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.
Directed by Caroline Jay Ranger, the show will feature musical contributions from Chas n Dave, the beloved theme tunes as the audience has never heard them before, and many of the loveable characters from the TV series: Raquel, Denzil, Mickey Pearce, Mike the Barman and the dreaded Driscoll Brothers.
Paul Whitehouse 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.
“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.”
Paul Whitehouse is an actor, performer and writer who has been involved in many of the best-loved comedy shows over the last 25 years, winning five BAFTA’s and being awarded the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Award at the 2013 British Comedy Awards. In 1982 Whitehouse established a writing partnership with Charlie Higson and Harry Enfield that culminated in The Harry Enfield Television Programme in 1990. In 1994 he co-created The Fast Show with Higson, a six-part sketch series for BBC TV which he co-wrote, produced and starred in. Harry & Paul was first broadcast on BBC1 in 2007 with the second series going on to win a BAFTA in 2009. In 2015 Enfield and Whitehouse celebrated 25 years at the BBC with An Evening with Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse being shown on BBC2.
Most recently Whitehouse has appeared in Death of Stalin and David Copperfield, both directed by Armando Iannucci. In 2018, along with good friend Bob Mortimer, Whitehouse has starred in Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing – a run of six half-hour episodes for BBC2.
Tom Bennett trained at the Guildford School of Acting and since graduating in 2004 has built up an extensive list of TV, film and theatre credits including E4’s cult comedy series PHONESHOP, NBC’s A.P. BIO and Christopher Guest’s HBO series Family Tree. Recent TV comedy credits include Crackanory, Drunk History, Murder in Successville, Lee & Dean and Timewasters. Bennett’s film credits include the Elton John biopic Rocketman, Disney’s Patrick, Ricky Gervais’ David Brent: Life On The Road, Christopher Guest’s Mascots for Netflix, and Whit Stillman’s Love and Friendship. Theatre credits include Pushing Up Poppies (Theatre 503), Incident at the Border (Trafalgar Studios), Raising Martha (Park Theatre) and Swallows & Amazons (Bristol Old Vic).
Ryan Hutton trained at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, Acting BA (Hons). His previous credits include I Am Vengeance, Black Star (Arcola) and Penthouse (Edinburgh Fringe). Huttin is making his professional West End stage debut as Rodney.