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ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES IS BACK – AND THIS TIME IT’S MUSICAL!

8 October 2018

ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES IS BACK – AND THIS TIME IT’S MUSICAL!

Starring
PAUL WHITEHOUSE as ‘GRANDAD’

TOM BENNETT as ‘DEL BOY’
RYAN HUTTON as ‘RODNEY’

Written by Paul Whitehouse and Jim Sullivan, fully endorsed by the Sullivan estate
Based on the programme ‘Only Fools and Horses’ written by John Sullivan

Original music by Paul Whitehouse and Jim Sullivan
Additional music by John Sullivan & Chas Hodges
Directed by Caroline Jay Ranger

THEATRE ROYAL HAYMARKET
PREVIEWS FROM 9 FEBRUARY 2019
PRESS NIGHT 19 FEBRUARY 2019

TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY 8 OCTOBER 2018
FROM ONLYFOOLSMUSICAL.COM

Stone me!  Would you Adam and Eve it?  Only Fools and Horses is going up West!

John Sullivan’s iconic and record-breaking television series has been turned into a brand-new, home-grown West End musical spectacular.  With a script and original score by John’s son, Jim Sullivan and comedy giant Paul Whitehouse, prepare to get reacquainted with Britain’s most loveable rogues and experience the classic comedy brought to life once again through 20 ingenious and hilarious songs.

Paul Whitehouse also takes centre stage as Grandad, uniting with Tom Bennett (Del Boy) and Ryan Hutton (Rodney) in this unique showstopper, featuring cherished material from the TV series. Join us as we take a trip back to 1989, where it’s all kicking off in Peckham. 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.

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, you’re guaranteed to have a right knees-up!  Only Fools and Horses The Musical is a feel-good family celebration of traditional working class London life and the aspirations we all share.

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

Only Fools and Horses The Musical will be a truly cushty night out. Only a 42 carat PLONKER would miss it!    

NOTES TO EDITORS

The smash hit TV show, Only Fools and Horses, won a multitude of awards during its 33-year run, including six BAFTA Awards, seven British Comedy Awards and three National Television Awards. Over seven series, 64 episodes and 16 specials, the show starring David Jason as Del Boy, Nicholas Lyndhurst as Rodney, Lennard Pearce as Grandad and Buster Merryfield as Uncle Albert became the most cherished sitcom this country has ever produced. It holds the record for the biggest audience ever recorded for a single transmission of a TV programme in the UK, attracting a whopping 24.35 million viewers in 1996.


PAUL WHITEHOUSE BIOGRAPHY

Paul is an iconic actor, performer and writer who has been involved in many of the best-loved comedy shows over the last 25 years, winning five BAFTA’s and being awarded the Writer’s Guild of Great Britain Award at the 2013 British Comedy Awards.

In the 1982 Paul established a great writing partnership with Charlie Higson and Harry Enfield that culminated in The Harry Enfield Television Programme in 1990. He starred alongside Harry Enfield for two series, as well as working with other leading lights in comedy such as Kathy Burke, Bob Mortimer and Vic Reeves. In 1994 he co-created The Fast Show with Charlie Higson, a six-part sketch series for BBC TV which he co-wrote, produced and starred in. It ran for three series and won many awards including a BAFTA in 1998; the British Comedy Award in 1996 and 1997 and the Royal Television Award in 1997. The Final Fast Show Ever was made in 2001 which starred Johnny Depp. 

Harry & Paul (originally titled Ruddy Hell! It's Harry & Paul) was first broadcast on BBC1 in 2007 with the second series going on to win a BAFTA in 2009. 2015 saw Harry and Paul celebrate 25 years at the BBC with An Evening with Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse being shown on BBC Two.

In 2015, Nurse which was both created and written by Paul followed on from the BAFTA-award winning comedies Help and Happiness again for BBC2; The success of Harry and Paul's Story of the Twos which received critical acclaim and a nomination at the British Academy Television Awards and was awarded two Royal Television Society awards for Scripted Comedy and Writer in Comedy. 

Most recently Paul has appeared in Death of Stalin and David Copperfield, both directed by Armando Iannucci. Other films include Ghost Stories; King of Thieves; Finding Neverland, Harry Potter. He has also voiced characters for Night of the Trampires, The Corpse Bride and Alice In Wonderland.

Other radio successes include Nurse; the Sony Radio-award winning Down the Line, a spoof radio programme for BBC Radio 4 that was adapted for TV and aired on BBC2 as Bellamy's People.

2018 has seen Paul, along with good friend Bob Mortimer, star in Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing – a run of six half-hour episodes for BBC Two. The gentle, heart-warming series follows the good friends on a weekly fishing trip – complete with discussions about their impending mortality. Shortly after Radio Times readers voted it their 2018 TV Champion, the programme was renewed for a second series, to be aired later this year.  


TOM BENNETT BIOGRAPHY

Tom trained at the Guildford School of Acting and since graduating in 2004 has built up an extensive list of TV, film and theatre credits. 

Tom is sometimes vaguely recognised in the UK as 'Christophuck' from E4's cult comedy series, PHONESHOP and is hardly ever recognised in the US for playing regular roles in NBC’s A.P. BIO and Christopher Guest's HBO series, Family Tree. Recent TV comedy credits include Crackanory, Drunk History, Murder in Successville, Lee & Dean, and Timewasters. Other TV credits include Rebellion, Tina and Bobby, Fungus the Bogeyman, Silent Witness, Foyle's War, Midsomer Murders, Upstairs Downstairs, Ultimate Force, Eastenders, Doctors, Murder Prevention, My Hero, Minder, Comic Strip Presents, Booze Cruise II, Pulling, and of course, The Bill.

Tom’s film credits include the Elton John biopic Rocketman, Disney’s Patrick, Ricky Gervais’ David Brent: Life On The Road, Christopher Guest’s Mascots for Netflix, and Whit Stillman’s Love and Friendship, for which he won the Critic’s Circle Film Award for Best Supporting Actor and a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the Evening Standard British Film Awards.  

Tom’s theatre credits include Pushing Up Poppies (Theatre 503), Incident at the Border (Trafalgar Studios), Raising Martha (Park Theatre) and Swallows & Amazons (Bristol Old Vic).


RYAN HUTTON BIOGRAPHY

Ryan trained at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, Acting BA (Hons). His previous credits include I Am Vengeance, Black Star (Arcola) and Penthouse (Edinburgh Fringe). Ryan is thrilled to be making his professional stage debut as Rodney.


LISTINGS INFORMATION

Theatre Royal Haymarket

Previews: From 9 February 2019

Press Night: 19 February 2019 at 7:00pm

Box Office: 020 7930 8800

Performances: Monday – Saturday at 7:30pm. Wednesday and Saturday matinee at 2:30pm

Twitter: @OFAHMusical

For further information, please contact:

Jack Collins / Neil Reading

Neil Reading PR

[email protected]  

020 7839 2277

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