ONLY Fools and Horses is making a big comeback with a musical version of the classic sitcom.
The show is co-written by Paul Whitehouse and Jim Sullivan, son of the sitcom’s late creator John and Del Boy actor David Jason has given the show his backing – here’s everything you need to know…
Only Fools and Horses musical – how can I get tickets?
Tickets for the Only Fools and Horses musical are on sale, available from the official website via www.OnlyFoolsMusical.com.
They can also be purchased on Ticketmaster and all dates will be hosted at the Haymarket Theatre in London.
Tickets are priced from the cheapest in the Gallery for £10 to £55 in the Royal Circle. All tickets also include a £1.50 restoration levy.
Only Fools and Horses opens on February 19, 2019 and has now extended its run until August 31.
The show features an original score with contributions from the late Chas Hodges.
Where’s Haymarket Theatre and who’s in the cast?
The Theatre Royal Haymarket is a West End theatre in Suffolk Street, Westminster, which will be the home of the new Only Fools and Horses musical.
The nearest tube station is Piccadilly Circus, with both Charing Cross and Leicester Square also walking distances away.
Tom Bennett will inherit the famous role of Del Boy Trotter from Sir David Jason while Ryan Hutton will be playing helpless brother Rodney.
Co-writer Paul Whitehouse will also star in the musical as Grandad, which will combine much-loved scenes from the original TV show and feature the rest of the regular characters.
What have the cast said about the Only Fools and Horses musical?
The cast are adamant that fans of the original show won’t be disappointed.
Speaking to the Evening Standard, Tom Bennett, who plays Del Boy said: “It does everything that an Only Fools fan wants it to do.”
The musical is now open for previews while the cast and crew iron out the kinks.
Tom told The Sun: “You get a 10-day, two-week period of grace where you do previews and that means you can hone the show and work out any mistakes, anomalies – set falling over, something going wrong, both of which has happened.
“We fluffed a few lines and muck about a bit. For me, having done comedy, I don’t mind things going wrong. The audience laugh more at stuff going wrong than any well-crafted gags.”
When was Only Fools and Horses on TV?
Only Fools and Horses was originally broadcast on BBC One from 1981 to 1991 and became of the nation’s most beloved sitcoms.
It ran for seven series with sixteen sporadic Christmas specials until the end of the show in 2003.
In 1996 Just over 24 million people tuned in for the episode broadcast on December 29 1996, in which Del Boy finally got rich after auctioning an antique watch.
On October 3, 2018, Sue Holderness, who starred as Marlene, exclusively revealed to The Sun that the hit show ‘would not have been made today’ due to political correctness and #MeToo.
Fans of the show can enjoy Only Fools The (Cushty) Dining Experience, which is currently in London.
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What other Only Fools and Horses things can fans do?
Only Fools fans can also enjoy an immersive dining experience, called Only Fools The (cushty) Dining Experience.
The brand new show, from the Interactive Theatre International, transports audiences to The Nags Head – right in the centre of London.
It is on in London at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton from 5 October-14 December 2018 – and bookings for 2019 open soon. Tickets include a three-course meal and two-hour show.
Tickets are available here.