Only Fools and Horses musical announced for London's West End

Only Fools and Horses musical announced for London's West End

THE UK's favourite sitcom Only Fools and Horses is set to be brought back to life as West End musical.

Del Boy and Rodney will be swapping the flats of Peckham for the bright lights of Soho as the long-running series prepares to make a comeback in the form of a musical.

Co-written by Paul Whitehouse and Jim Sullivan, son of the sitcom's creator John, it will open at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London in February 2019.

Whitehouse will also star in the show as Grandad.

John Sullivan passed away in 2011 at the age of 64.

Unfortunately Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst won’t be involved, but creators of the show have confirmed that much-loved characters such as Boycie, Trigger, Marlene and Denzil will all feature.

The show will feature 20 original songs, composed by the late Chas Hodges of Chas and Dave.

Announcing the musical, 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."

The musical will be set in 1989 and will tell the story of Del and Rodney finding love with Raquel and Cassandra against the backdrop of a Peckham undergoing transformation.

The opening night has been confirmed as February 9 of next year.