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Cushty! Only Fools And Horses musical announced for West End

October 8, 2018 10:57 AM
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The Only Fools And Horses musical has been written by the son of the TV show's creator, as well as comedy star Paul Whitehouse.

In cushty news for Only Fools And Horses fans, the Trotters are hitting the stage for a new musical starting next year.

The stage show has been written by Jim Sullivan, whose late father John was the brains behind the classic sitcom, and The Fast Show star Paul Whitehouse, who will also star as Grandad.

John Sullivan died aged 64 in 2011 - before work on a musical retelling of the Trotters' misadventures could be completed.

Announcing the musical, 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."

The show will also star Tom Bennett as wheeler-dealer Del Trotter and Ryan Hutton as brother Rodney, and supporting characters such as Boycie, Trigger, Raquel and Cassandra will also make an appearance.

It will feature 20 original songs, with music contributed by the late Chas Hodges of Chas & Dave, who died just last month.

The "lovely jubbly news" was revealed in a series of tweets from a new account for the musical.

"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," a statement about the show said.

"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 Sullivan has teamed up with comedy giant Paul Whitehouse to write and produce a script and score to honour his father's legacy."

You know it makes sense - the Only Fools And Horses musical is on at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 9 February.


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