Only the musical Fools and Horses adds Les Dennis to the cast as a grandfather

Comedian and actor Les Dennis will join the cast of West End show Only Fools and Horses: The Musical, playing the lovable role of Grandad from October 3, 2022.

Inspired by the beloved TV show of the same name, the musical has extended its acclaimed run at London’s Theater Royal Haymarket, which will now end January 7, 2023. Tickets are on sale here.

In the BBC original series, Lennard Pearce originated the role of grandfather, before his death in 1984 and his on-screen replacement by Uncle Albert (Buster Merryfield).

Les Dennis said: “I’m so excited to play Grandpa in Only Fools and Horses: The Musical. Like everyone else, I tuned in every week to watch the hilarious exploits of The Trotters and laughed and cried in equal measure. It was both funny and touching.

“Jim Sullivan and Paul Whitehouse have written a wonderful series that beautifully recreates that feel-good era of British comedy. I can’t wait to join the hugely talented cast and be a part of it. Lovely jubbly!”

The musical’s official synopsis reads, “Join the Trotter family as they take a journey to 1989, where it all begins in Peckham.”

There are “musical contributions from Chas n Dave, the beloved theme as you’ve never heard it before and an array of new songs full of character and cockney charm”.

The original cast of Only Fools And Horses

Earlier this year, Only Fools and Horses was named BBC’s most beloved television series of all time, in a comprehensive vote decided by a panel of industry experts and the general public.

The survey was carried out by The One Show to kick off its BBC 100 celebrations, with long-running sci-fi drama Doctor Who coming close behind in second place.

Only Fools and Horses are available to stream on Brit Box. Check out more of our Comedy coverage or visit our TV Guide to see what’s on tonight.

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