Only Fools and Horses the musical

Only Fools and Horses the musical

Comedian Paul Whitehouse has confirmed that Only Fools and Horses the musical is heading to the West End in 2019. The 60-year-old actor will take on the role of Grandad in the show, which will take place at London's Theatre Royal Haymarket from February 2019, with Tom Bennett in the role of Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter, and Ryan Hutton will star as Rodney Trotter.

Paul - who has co-written the musical with Jim Sullivan, the son of the late, great Only Fools creator John Sullivan - 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."

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Only Fools and Horses: The Musical will incorporate some iconic moments from the classic TV show - but Paul admits he and Jim are "conscious" of the programme's legacy.

He added: "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."