Paul Whitehouse: ‘I don’t care what the critics say about Only Fools and Horses – it’s a hit’

The comedian’s West End stage version of the TV show got moderate reviews – but that doesn’t bother him now

In search of theatrical gold, London’s West End is busily strip-mining a string of screen hits, from all-singing, all-dancing versions of the popular films 9 to 5, Strictly Ballroom and School of Rock to upcoming musical adaptations of the sitcoms Father Ted and Goodnight Sweetheart. While these shows are rarely awarded top marks by the critics, some do occasionally strike a valuable seam, selling out and pulling in audiences from across the country.

One such hit is Only Fools and Horses, which in spite of half-hearted praise in early reviews is doing such a roaring trade that it is listed near the top on most ticket websites, alongside Les Misérables, Matilda and Hamilton.

As for the lukewarm critical reception – well, as Del Boy says in the show, 'that
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