Only Fools And Horses to return after 15 years as beloved TV classic makes a comeback as a West End musical 'five years in the making'
By Olivia Wheeler For Mailonline
Published: 06:07 EDT, 8 October 2018 | Updated: 13:58 EDT, 8 October 2018
Only Fools And Horses is to return after 15 years as the beloved TV classic makes a comeback as a West End musical.
The BBC comedy series will be transformed into theatrical form in a show 'five years in the making', kicking off next year on February 9 at London's Theatre Royal Haymarket.
Only Fools and Horses: The Musical was the final project of late writer John Sullivan, with his son Jim Sullivan honouring his father's legacy and taking over the script with BAFTA-winning comedy writer Paul Whitehouse.
It's back!: Only Fools and Horses is making a return after 15 years as a West End musical, which has been 'five years in the making'
The production, which has been described as a 'unique showstopper', will feature 20 new songs, including contributions from the late Chas Hodges from Chas’n’Dave.
Musical writer Paul Whitehouse will also star in the production as he takes centre stage as Grandad, which was played by the late Lennard Pearce in the TV series.
Tom Bennett will take on the role of Del Boy, played by legendary actor David Jason on the show.
With Ryan Hutton performing as Rodney, which was played by Nicholas Lyndhurst on the popular BBC series.
Exciting times: The comedy production will kick off next year on February 9 at Theatre Royal Haymarket, London
Only Fools and Horses: The Musical will be directed by Caroline Jay Ranger with several of the show's other characters, such as Raquel, Denzil, Mickey Pearce, Nags Head landlord Mike and the Driscoll Brothers, making a debut in the production.
Talking about the new musical, writer and star Paul 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.'
Talented cast: Musical writer Paul Whitehouse (pictured right) will also star in the production as he takes centre stage as Grandad, which was played by the late Lennard Pearce
A synopsis for Only Fools and Horses: The Musical says the production will be set in Peckham, 1989, it continues: 'While the yuppie invasion of London is in full swing, love is in the air as Del Boy sets out on the rocky road to find his soul mate, Rodney and Cassandra prepare to say "I do", and even Trigger is gearing up for a date (with a person!).
'Meanwhile, Boycie and Marlene give parenthood one final shot and Grandad takes stock of his life and decides the time has finally arrived to get his piles sorted.'
Created by writer John Sullivan, the original Only Fools And Horses was launched in 1981 and slowly built into a television juggernaut. One of its Christmas episodes drew more than 24.35 million viewers.
The popular BBC series won several awards such as six BAFTA Awards, seven British Comedy Awards and three National Television Awards.
Only Fools and Horses: The Musical kicks off on February 9 at Theatre Royal Haymarket, London.
Three's a crowd!: Meanwhile, Tom Bennett will take on the role of Del Boy, played by legendary actor David Jason on the show, with Ryan Hutton performing as Nicholas Lyndhurst's Rodney
Only Fools and Horses: The Musical will be directed by Caroline Jay Ranger with several of the show's other characters, such as Raquel, Denzil, Mickey Pearce, Nags Head landlord Mike making a debut