Paul Whitehouse appears from 6 January 2020.
Paul Whitehouse, Ryan Hutton, Tom Bennett
Only Fools and Horses The Musical – Cushty!
Trigger's dodgy briefcases. Del Boy and Rodney break the chandelier. The broom gag. Batman and Robin costumes... oh, the memories. TV's Only Fools and Horses delighted several generations and still rates as one of Britain's funniest ever, best-loved, most often quoted sitcoms. Now it's due in theatreland and the anticipation is mounting fast. Don't miss this hilariously silly, delightfully fun show.
Add the brilliant Paul Whitehouse, who wrote The Fast Show (suits you, Sir!) and is apparently Jonny Depp's favourite ever comedian, to the mix and you're in for even more of a treat. He's the co-writer along with Jim Sullivan, the son of the sitcom's original creator John Sullivan. And the show takes place at a stunningly lovely venue, the magnificent Theatre Royal Haymarket, from February 2019.
The show features 20 dazzlingly silly new tunes and the late Chas Hodges, from the Cockney duo Chas and Dave, played a part in composing them. John Sullivan died in 2011, while working on the show, but it has been wholeheartedly, fully endorsed by his Estate.
The original TV characters were played by Sir David Jason, Nicholas Lyndhurst and Lennard Pearce. For the musical Paul Whitehouse plays the part of Grandad, and you can bet your bottom dollar that'll be a giggle. Tom Bennett plays Del Boy and Ryan Hutton plays Rodney.
The musical combines classic scenes from the original TV show with new material and new gags. It also stars old favourites Boycie, Trigger, Marlene and Denzil. Set in the year 1989 the plot sees Del and Rodney in love with Raquel and Cassandra against a Peckham landscape that's changing fast. The writers have been as faithful as possible to the feel of the series, but have also crowbarred in some contemporary issues in a seriously clever way.
The dazzling legacy of Only Fools and Horses is being admirably carried on thanks to this heart-warming and extremely funny show. It's packed with favourite moments from the TV show, including the infamous chandelier scene. Laugh? You'll laugh yourself silly. What a great British treat.
Who is this show for?
This show is recommended for people aged 12 and above.
What to expect:Acting
Recommended for:Anyone (77%)
Good show. Good seats but so so warm I couldn't keep awake and couldn't wait to leave whixh is a shame because the tickets aren't cheap.
Reviewed on 29 November 2019 by Paul, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 20 November 2019 by Diane, York, United Kingdom
I bought tickets for the show as a birthday present for me other half. Am I glad I did!!!! We had the most fantastic evening. The show was out of this world. The acting, the songs, everything was superb.
Reviewed on 12 November 2019 by Frank, Southport, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 30 October 2019 by Michael, Headley, United Kingdom
Legends of the television brought to life on stage, after just a few moments you could believe you were actually watching the TV show.
Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by David, Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
Fab show. Characters were believable. Great storyline with all the best bits! A "got to see" show for all OF&H lovers!
Reviewed on 23 October 2019 by Susan, Haslingfield, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 15 October 2019 by Jeannette, Greenwich, United Kingdom
Ok but not great if your a only fools and horses fan
Reviewed on 13 October 2019 by Barrie, Trowbridge, United Kingdom
It was well acted there’s no doubt but the story line was predictable uninspiring and boring In fact there was no story line. I sat in the Gallery and the view was fine but along way from the stage, the seating is uncomfortable though. Disappointed overall considering reviews are so good in comparison The man in the white suit was terrific and yet has received poor reviews. I can’t understand it.
Reviewed on 13 October 2019 by Ruth, Derby, United Kingdom
yes a great show well worth going
Reviewed on 24 September 2019 by Paul, Mablethorpe, United Kingdom
A very enjoyable night out full of OFAH fun, the acting is excellent, songs clever and well sung, only negatives is the sketchy storyline incorporating as many of the famous shows e.g chandelier,bar,meeting raquel,etc, and the trigger ball sequence 9the special sound effects ruined it, not understanding a word that was sung.a minor moan so book up and enjoy.
Reviewed on 16 September 2019 by Alexander, Gravesend, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 10 September 2019 by Alexia, Dartford, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 29 August 2019 by Amanda, Stockton On Tees, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 28 August 2019 by Antony, Harwich, United Kingdom
Brilliant acting & extremely funny. Loved the old songs. Really entertaining
Reviewed on 27 August 2019 by Irene, Bishop's Stortford, United Kingdom
Amazing show, technical issue during show which meant it did not flow in the first half.
Reviewed on 17 August 2019 by Sarah, Havant, United Kingdom
Great show made our weekend start of so well this show is must to be seen and hope there is a sequel
Reviewed on 17 August 2019 by Michael, Near Buxton, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 10 August 2019 by Nina, Erith, United Kingdom
Amazing.... Del would love it .... his mum proud.... Rodney xxx Denzil , Trigg loved it xxxx well done
Reviewed on 09 August 2019 by Sandra, Newport, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 07 August 2019 by Barry, Napier, New Zealand
The actors are unbelievably talented and have taken on the characters to a tee. It’s hard to believe after a while that it’s not actually them! It’s a really funny feel good show and you leave feeling really happy !
Reviewed on 07 August 2019 by Jill, Plymouth, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 06 August 2019 by Iain, Wallsend, United Kingdom
Really good fun
Reviewed on 06 August 2019 by Catriona, Bicester, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 21 July 2019 by Jennifer, Broxbourne, United Kingdom
The advice I can give is go and see it , the acting was good and singing was brilliant, if you liked the tv show you will love this .
Reviewed on 10 July 2019 by Tina, Ely, United Kingdom
The show was outstanding. Every member studied their character really well. In order to appreciate the story / one liners etc you must have seen the tv series. If I could I would go again...well done to the show
Reviewed on 28 June 2019 by Nicole, Tonbridge, Kent, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 25 June 2019 by Andrew, Ipswich, United Kingdom
Slow first half excellent second half
Reviewed on 25 June 2019 by Sandra, Doncaster, United Kingdom
Fantastic show. Very funny and songs brilliant. Would go watch again so worth it. Theatre is lovely as well was absolutely brilliant
Reviewed on 23 June 2019 by Rachel, Attleborough, United Kingdom
Cacophony of classic moments. Some seemingly awkward pauses. But on the whole very enjoyable
Reviewed on 21 June 2019 by Simon, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Fantastic show and so funny
Reviewed on 21 June 2019 by Robert, Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 21 June 2019 by Michael, Bromley, United Kingdom
I have grown up with this show, so I went to see the show with an element of trepidation. I had nothing to worry about. I started laughing from the first line and never stopped, just like the tv programme I think we will.need to see again because you miss parts because you are laughing so much. Well done to everyone for pitting this together a fitting finale to a truly wonderful tv series.
Reviewed on 19 June 2019 by Martin, Crawley, United Kingdom
You would have to appreciate British humour to enjoy the show. Lively music with excellent singing. Great costumes, stage sets and lighting. Fabulous acting.
Reviewed on 06 June 2019 by Naimisha, Pinner, United Kingdom
These tickets were a Christmas present from the family. The show was excellent but because of the seating it was so far away you could not see much. Uncomfortable seats not even proper seats - where does it say that in my booking. Disgraceful!! We will attempt to go back again and have better seats next time but the show is v popular so may not get a chance again
Reviewed on 02 June 2019 by Rachel, Southfleet, United Kingdom
Seats not bad but it was a great show
Reviewed on 31 May 2019 by Jason, London, United Kingdom
Apart from the uncomfortable seats, this show was absolutely brilliant! All the OFAH comedy classics were in there. All the actors were fantastic, but Del boy was particularly incredible! We loved every minute.
Reviewed on 29 May 2019 by Joanne, Wokingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 28 May 2019 by John, Luton, United Kingdom
Scenery and actors are hilarious Good old English comedy for family entertainment
Reviewed on 23 May 2019 by Edel, Gravesend, United Kingdom
Really enjoyed this show and would certainly recommend it to friends and family. Cast were extremely realistic and they managed to incorporate all the highlights of the original show with a twist or two.
Reviewed on 16 May 2019 by Anne, Uxbridge, United Kingdom
A must see show particularly for those who know and watched the TV series.
Reviewed on 14 May 2019 by Sally, Lydd, United Kingdom
Like many thousands of others I am a great fan of Only Fools, therefore I had to see this show. I wasn't disappointed and there were a lot of laughter from start to finish. The cast was very life like, however, I did feel that the oldest Driscoll brother was too much like Roy Slater and this spoilt it for me. Del Boy was very good, but resembled Harry Enfield. For me the star of the show was Rodney. Was nice to see the three wheeler and the chandelier.
Reviewed on 04 May 2019 by Angela, Ipswich, United Kingdom
The show is fantastic from start to finish. It will make you laugh out loud. The story is very relatable to the series. I will be back to see it again soon.
Reviewed on 03 May 2019 by Tracie, Chester, United Kingdom
Ryan Hutton was outstanding as Rodney So much going on the whole stage was used to its full potential and the memories of the series The ensembles were all brilliant , Oscar Colon-Morrey was energetic watch out for him
Reviewed on 03 May 2019 by John, Hampshire, United Kingdom
Would definitely recommend this show for fans of this iconic tv sit com, might be hard to follow for viewers from overseas who do not understand the British comedy.
Reviewed on 30 April 2019 by Denise, Loughborough, United Kingdom
I didn‘t understand everything since there was a lot of dialect in it and I didn‘t know the TV-Show. But apart from that it seemed a jolly good show.
Reviewed on 26 April 2019 by Alexander, Winterthur, Switzerland
Reviewed on 17 April 2019 by Chloe, Newark, United Kingdom
The show was great. Paul Whitehouse was amazing. All the characters had mastered the voices and looks. Would recommend it. However was seated in the gallery and it was very uncomfortable and hot. Otherwise a great show.
Reviewed on 12 April 2019 by Elizabeth, London, United Kingdom
If you are a fan of the tv series definitely your going to enjoy the trip down memory lane however that’s all it is and the theatre was terribly cramped and so uncomfortable to really enjoy the experience, overpriced unfortunately
Reviewed on 09 April 2019 by Adrian, Barnstaple, United Kingdom
The theatre venue is excellent and being small gave excellent viewing. The story line is an exciting compilation of scenes from old TV series. My main issue was that the humour was tame, few funny parts and zero raucous applause. We were in the stalls row E and for £140 per matinee ticket we felt value for money was not great. Show is overal OK but not special and lacked depth of quality hence our disappointment as it was nowhere near as sharp and special as the old TV episodes. Would score 6/10
Reviewed on 04 April 2019 by Alistair, Hayling Island, United Kingdom
This is one of the best and most enjoyable productions I have seen. It was true to the original TV comedy and was brilliantly, laugh-out-loud throughout. The actors played their parts to perfection and really brought alive the original characters from the much loved TV show. Superbly acted with brilliant dialogue delivery throughout, I would willingly go and see it again and I highly recommend the show to everyone whether An Only Fools aficionado or not. This is entertainment at its very best.
Reviewed on 28 March 2019 by Claire, Bracknell, United Kingdom
This is a must see for all fans of the tv series. Absolutely spot-on cast
Reviewed on 27 March 2019 by Judith, Wisbech, United Kingdom
An excellent show. Haven't laughed so much for ages. Well worth seeing if you've watched the TV programme.
Reviewed on 27 March 2019 by Dorothy, Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Absolutely brilliant show. Music and choreography were top notch. The characters were played brilliantly and the show had great references to the tv series. I would definitely recommend this to anyone whether a seasoned Only Fools and Horses fan or someone who has only seen the odd episode.
Reviewed on 26 March 2019 by Nichola, Grays, United Kingdom
Fantastic show. Well written and performed. Highly recommend to all Only Fools fans.
Reviewed on 19 March 2019 by Julie, Newdigate, United Kingdom
This was a fantastic show and tom Bennett was outstanding as del boy
Reviewed on 19 March 2019 by Matthew, Studley, United Kingdom
Well worth a visit, good musical and great entertainment for all
Reviewed on 17 March 2019 by Teresa, Grays, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 14 March 2019 by Eric, Nailsea Bristol, United Kingdom
From start to finish the show was great, kept you interested and intrigued
Reviewed on 13 March 2019 by Emma, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
It was really funny people sounded so like the orginal characters didn't won't it to end
Reviewed on 08 March 2019 by Sarah, Mansfield, United Kingdom
The show was missing new material. Most of the jokes are classic lines from the series and it was disappointing to hear them re used
Reviewed on 03 March 2019 by Marcello, Market Harborough, United Kingdom
Very good show
Reviewed on 24 February 2019 by John, Kenton, United Kingdom
Very cleverly written show incorporating lots of the well known events, sayings etc. It was so good that I forgot it was a musical (which I’m not keen on)
Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by Raymond, Alzingen, Luxembourg
Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by Androulla, London, United Kingdom
Actors impersonated Del Boy, Rodney etc perfectly! Didn’t stop laughing. Storyline great getting in some iconic Only Fools and Horses moments. Fantastic scenery and so clever how they changed it. I want to see it again!!
Reviewed on 22 February 2019 by Claire, Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom
A fantastic show, therefore a fantastic evening. Great cast, great production. The perfect surprise gift for my wife's 60th. Congratulations to the whole team and a well deserved standing ovation. Thankyou.
Reviewed on 09 February 2019 by Leslie, Wallington, United Kingdom
by Phil Willmott | Thursday, February 21 2019, 20:07
They seem an odd match, the opulent, elegant Theatre Royal, Haymarket and the BBC TV comedy Only Fools and Horses which dominated the television schedules in the late 1980s.Review: ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES at The Theatre Royal, Haymarket