PAUL WHITEHOUSE

Only Fools and Horses The Musical: Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London, 2019

Only Fools and Horses is Britain’s best loved TV comedy series.  It’s creator John Sullivan began writing a musical stage version of the show before sadly passing away at the age of just 64 in 2011.  Lifelong fan Paul Whitehouse completed the script with Sullivan’s son Jim and the sitcom arrived on the West End stage when I saw it in 2019.  The stories of the Trotter family of loveable rogues have become iconic in the hearts of the British public and I held my breath in trepidation as the lights went down for the show to begin.  Was this going to work?  Will the cast be any good as some many remember the classic performances for David Jason as Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter and Nicholas Lyndhurst as brother, Rodney?  As soon as Tom Bennett appeared on stage the audience breathed a huge sigh of relief as Del became alive on stage.  With Rodney played by Ryan Hutton and Whitehouse himself playing Grandad the stage was set for an unforgettable night of dishonest dealings and definitive moments from the series all woven together into a new storyline with songs to match.  It was a very enjoyable night.

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