From Peckham to the West End! The much loved record-breaking and landmark television series Only Fools and Horses, wondefully written by the late, great John Sullivan now becomes a brand-new home-grown musical at the Theatre Royal Haymarket!
The classic comedy series is brilliantly brought to life once more on the West End stage with an ingenious and hilarious original musical score. Luvverly Jubbly!
Fully endorsed by the Sullivan estate and written by Paul Whitehouse and Jim Sullivan, Only Fools and Horses the Musical is a must see feel-good celebration of traditional, working class life in London and the aspirations all of us share and features classic material from the TV series along with comic songs full to the brim with cockney charm and character.
This is one 'cushty' show that only a forty-two carat PLONKER would miss!
What Is Only Fools And Horses The Musical All About?
The show follows the fortunes of lovable rogue market trader Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter and his constant thirst for getting involved in overly ambitious and sometimes quite bizarre get rich quick schemes. It is based on the hugely successful TV series of the same name that became one of the most loved and celebrated television shows ever to be aired in the UK running at prime time from 1981 until 1991.
Who Are The People Behind Only Fools And Horses The Musical?
The stage show had been in the pipeline for a long time prior to opening up on the stage and features a book by comedian Paul Whitehouse and Jim Sullivan. The music and lyrics in the show are by Paul Whitehouse, Jim Sullivan and the late great Chas Hodges and John Sullivan who both sadly passed away before the show came to the stage.
What Is The Running Time For Only Fools And Horses The Musical?
The show plays from Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm with matinee performances on Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm and lasts for 2 hours and 30 minutes including an interval. Evening shows finish at approximately 10pm and matinee performances finish around 5pm.
Is There An Age Restriction To Watch Only Fools And Horses The Musical?
Yes. The minimum age to watch the show is 8 years.
Does Only Fools And Horses The Musical Have The Same Characters As The TV Show?
The show features a wonderful blend of classic and comical scenes from the TV series along with brand new gags and material and stars most of the best loved characters from the series. Trigger, Boycie, Marlene and Denzil amongst others all feature in the show alongside Del, Rodney and Grandad which is set in Peckham in 1989. The writers has done their utmost to keep as faithful to to the TV series as possible while also taking some theatrical license to very cleverly sprinkle in some contemporary issues to keep things fresh and suitable for a modern audience. Cushty!
When Did Only Fools And Horses The Musical Open In London?
The musical had its World Premiere at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on February 9th 2019 before officially opening on February 19th the same year.
Seating PlanTheatre Royal Haymarket Seating Plan
Address8 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HT
Directions from nearest tube
(5mins) Go along Coventry Street and then take Haymarket on the right where the theatre will be approx. 200 metres along.
(Haymarket) 3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 15, 19, 23, 38, 53, 88, 139, 159
Night Bus Numbers
(Haymarket) 6, 12, 23, 88, 139, 453, N8, N19, N38, N97, N3, N13, N15, N136, N159
Leicester Square, Whitcomb Street (2mins)
Within Congestion Zone
When the show first opened to rave reviews the demand for tickets to Only Fools And Horses was pretty phenomenal and has remained very strong ever since meaning that it is very rare to find official discounts for this show. Having said that, things do seem to be levelling off somewhat and as Delboy, Rodney, Grandad and the rest of them appeal to a largely UK based audience we do anticipate that value will start creeping into the ticket price during midweek performances and quiet periods.
There are four tiers in the Theatre Royal Haymarket with seats in the stalls and dress circle being by far the best option if finance is not an issue. There is some value to be had for Only Fools And Horses tickets in the upper circle however as they are considerably cheaper than the dress circle and stalls and most of the seats in the section are pretty much unrestricted despite being on the second floor. The seats in the balcony section though are very high up and it is highly recommended that you check the seating plan thoroughly before booking tickets in this section as despite being priced accordingly most of them cannot be considered to be a 'bargain!'
As with all shows in the West End there will be quiet periods during the year and if you are flexible with dates then booking Only Fools And Horses tickets during the off peak months of November, January and February can produce big savings. The weeks that follow on from school holidays throughout the year are also particularly good for bargains especially with a UK based show such as this one so looking for midweek performances during these weeks should hopefully bring the ticket price down.
This will depend on where and when you book them? Booking directly from the box office at the theatre will save money on the booking fee as they will simply charge the face value for tickets. When booking tickets for Only Fools And Horses online or through retail outlets though then you are dealing with a third party and if the agents are having to buy tickets at face value themselves then they will be forced to charge customers a booking fee to turn a profit. During quieter periods and midweek though the producers of the show will sell to agents at a discount which they can then pass on to the consumer so the booking fee can often be waived and occasionally the tickets can even be sold to the public at a discount.