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Paul Whitehouse to return to Only Fools and Horses

The musical version of the hit TV sitcom has also extended until April 2020.

Producers of the West End production of hit musical Only Fools and Horses have confirmed that comedy veteran Paul Whitehouse will return to the role of Grandad for four months, starting 6 January 2020.

The news accompanies confirmation that the show has extended its run at London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket by another two months, booking until the end of April 2020.

“I’m delighted to be returning to Only Fools and Horses The Musical in the New Year to take up the role of Grandad again,” says Paul Whitehouse. “It has been a real honour to watch the success of Only Fools and Horses The Musical grow since the very beginning. The show has received an incredible amount of love from fans since it opened at the Theatre Royal Haymarket back in February and to hear it’s been extended AGAIN for a third time is music to all of our ears. I can’t wait to be back. Mange tout!”


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What you need to know

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.

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, has teamed up with comedy giant Paul Whitehouse to write and produce a script and score to honour his father’s legacy – recreating the iconic series into a brand-new, home-grown British musical spectacular. So maybe they have changed just a bit.

In this new production, Paul Whitehouse returns on 6 January 2020 to take centre stage as Grandad, taking over from Andy Mace and uniting with Tom Bennett as Del Boy and Ryan Hutton as Rodney in this unique showstopper. The new production opened at Theatre Royal Haymarket, in the heart of London’s West End in February 2019.

West End star Dianne Pilkington (last seen in Young Frankenstein) stars as Raquel, Pippa Duffy as Cassandra and Jeff Nicholson as Boycie. Marlene is played by Samantha Seager, Trigger by Peter Baker and Denzil by Adrian Irvine.

Take a look at the hilarious behind-the-scenes trailer, released ahead of the show’s opening in February 2019, below:

 

Featuring cherished material from the TV series, with all the laughs, dodgy dealings and unforgettable moments to boot, Only Fools and Horses – the Musical is set to take audiences on a thrilling drive down memory lane, reacquainting fans of the hit show with some of Britain’s most loveable rogues and unforgettable characters.

With musical contributions from Chas n Dave, the beloved theme tunes as you’ve never heard them before, and an array of comic songs full of character and cockney charm, Only Fools and Horses – the Musical is a feel-good, family celebration of traditional, working-class London life and the aspirations we all share.

Written by Paul Whitehouse and Jim Sullivan, and based on the programme Only Fools And Horses written by John Sullivan with additional music by John Sullivan and Chas Hodges, and fully endorsed by the Sullivan estate.


What the critics are saying

“Viva, Hooky Street. C’est Magnifique! A treat for Trotter fans” ***** – Daily Mirror

“This loving, lively homage is an unashamedly British night out. A jubilant lovely jubbly!” **** – Evening Standard

“Call it comfort food for our troubled times, this show serves up some lovely jubbly!” **** – Metro

“Boundless, irrepressible humour. It has heart, wit and warmth by the bucketload.” – Whatsonstage.com

“Absolutely the best punchlines, puns, malapropisms, misunderstandings, and sight gags on the London stage.” – The Guardian

“A blizzard of catchphrases, quotes and characters.” – Time Out


Tickets for Only Fools and Horses, now running until the end of April 2020, are available through Ticketmaster.co.uk

Based on the programme Only Fools and Horses written by John Sullivan
Additional music by John Sullivan & Chas Hodges
Directed by Caroline Jay Ranger

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