Only Fools and Horses returns as West End musical

The classic TV comedy series Only Fools and Horses is making a comeback, heading for the West End stage in London as a musical, writes Angie Cronin.

The much-loved 1980s sitcom was created by scriptwriter John Sullivan and starred David Jason as Del Boy, Nicholas Lyndhurst as Rodney and Lennard Pearce as Grandad.

It is being revived as a musical in 2019 by comedian Paul Whitehouse from The Fast Show, and Sullivan’s son Jim. The duo have written 20 songs for the musical.

Whitehouse will also take centre stage as Grandad, alongside with stage and screen actor Tom Bennett as Del Boy and Ryan Hutton, who will be making his West End debut as Rodney.

The show, which also features musical contributions from Chas and Dave, will take audiences back to Peckham in 1989, and will follow the antics of Del Boy, Rodney and Grandad.

Directed by Caroline Jay Ranger, Only Fools and Horses The Musical will also feature many of the loveable characters from the TV series including Raquel, Denzil, Mickey Pearce, Mike the Barman, Trigger, Boycie, Marlene and the Driscoll Brothers.

The musical will run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from February 9, 2019.