News: Full cast announced for world premiere of The Da Vinci Code

The full cast joining award winning Nigel Harman as Robert Langdon, Red Dwarf and Death in Paradise star Danny John-Jules as Sir Leigh Teabing and newcomer Hannah Rose Caton as Sophie Neveu in the World Premiere of the first-ever stage adaptation of Dan Brown’s international phenomenon, The Da Vinci Code was announced.

The cast joining Nigel, Danny and Hannah are: Basienka Blake (Vernet), Alasdair Buchan (Remy) Alpha Kargbo (Fache), Joshua Lacy (Silas), Leigh Lothian (Colette/Sophie understudy) Andrew Lewis (Sauniere) and Debra Michaels (Sandrine/Grandmother).

Producer Simon Friend said: “We have a truly stellar cast and creative team bringing The Da Vinci Code to life on stage for the first time, and with Dan Brown’s full endorsement of the show and the talented director Luke Sheppard at the helm, we’re confident that we’ll please devoted fans as well as newcomers to this magnificent story.”

‘Dan Brown’s epic thriller has been read by millions worldwide, and seen by millions worldwide on the big screen, and we are all looking forward to taking our brand new stage version to audiences all over the UK.’

Dan Brown said: “I am thrilled that The Da Vinci Code is being adapted for the stage, and excited to see the unique potential of live theatre enhance this story. The team making the production has been faithful to the book, but will also bring something new for the audience, in what is certain to be a gripping, fast-paced stage thriller and a thoroughly entertaining show.”

The tour begins at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley on 10 January and goes on to Nottingham, Sheffield, Bath, Plymouth, Clywd, Coventry, Hull, Wolverhampton, Brighton, Cheltenham, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Newcastle.

It then travels to Southampton, Richmond, Woking, Leicester, Norwich, York, Shrewsbury, Dartford, Birmingham, Cardiff, Milton Keynes, Aberdeen, Salford, Leeds, Malvern, Belfast, Guildford, Northampton, Swindon, Liverpool and Bradford where it runs until 12 November 2022.

(Nigel Harman and Danny John-Jules will be performing the roles of Langdon and Teabing up to and including Newcastle. Danny will be performing in Southampton and Nigel will commence the tour again from Leeds to Swindon. Other dates and cast are to be announced.)

Nigel Harman played Dennis Rickman in EastEnders from 2003-5. His other TV work includes Downton Abbey, Miss Marple – The Mirror Crack’d, Hotel Babylon, Lark Rise to Candleford and City of Vice. His theatre credits include Glengarry Glen Ross, I Can’t Sing at the Palladium, Shrek – The Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane (for which he won an Olivier Award), Three Days of Rain co-starring with James McAvoy, True West at Sheffield Crucible, Guys and Dolls at the Donmar and Piccadilly Theatres, Mamma Mia in the West End, Damn Yankees at the Adelphi and The Who’s Tommy at the Shaftesbury. Nigel’s film work includes Patience, Telstar and Blood Diamond. Nigel also directed Big Fish at the Other Palace, starring Kelsey Grammar and a UK tour of Shrek the Musical.

Danny John-Jules is probably best known for his role as Cat in Red Dwarf and has appeared in every episode of the 13 series. He also made the character of Dwayne Myers in BBC’s hit series, Death in Paradise, his own. Danny has also appeared in many other film and TV roles across his 40 year career as an actor.Danny has appeared in Barnum at the London Palladium, Cats at the New London Theatre and Time at the Dominion Theatre. He created the role of ‘Rocky 1’ in Starlight Express at the Apollo, Victoria, and was Dink in the first West End production of Carmen Jones at the Old Vic Theatre for director Simon Callow and musical director Henry Lewis.

Hannah Rose Caton makes her UK theatre debut in The Da Vinci Code. Hannah is based both in London and New York and is a recent graduate of The Juilliard School’s Drama Division. Her theatre credits (off Broadway and in theatres across the US) include: Mrs. Christie at Vermont Theatre Festival, An Octoroon for Chautauqua Theatre Company and Hay Fever for West Fulton Theatre.

Her TV and films include: The Falling, Last Knights and Wizards vs Aliens.

The Da Vinci Code is described as follows: The curator of the Louvre has been brutally murdered, and alongside his body are a series of baffling codes. Follow the pulse-racing journey as Professor Robert Langdon and fellow cryptologist Sophie Neveu, attempt to solve the riddles, leading to the works of Leonardo Da Vinci and beyond, deep into the vault of history. In a breathless race through the streets of Europe, Langdon and Neveu must decipher the labyrinthine code before a shocking historical secret is lost forever.

The Da Vinci Code is adapted for the stage by Rachel Wagstaff (Flowers For Mrs Harris, Birdsong) and Duncan Abel (The Girl on the Train), and will be directed by Luke Sheppard, who most recently directed the acclaimed new West End musical, & Juliet and What’s New Pussycat at Birmingham Rep. Luke is joined on the creative team by Set and Costume Designer David Woodhead, Video Designer Andrzej Goulding, Ben and Max Ringham who are responsible for Composition and Sound Design, Lighting Designer Lizzie Powell and Casting Director Stuart Burt CDG.

Luke Sheppard said: “Cracking The Da Vinci Code open for the stage reveals an epic thriller steeped in theatrical potential, rich in suspense and surprising at every turn. Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel’s brilliant adaptation leaps off the page and demands us to push the limits of our imagination, creating a production that champions dynamic theatrical storytelling and places the audience up close in the heat of this gripping mystery.”

The Da Vinci Code is produced by Simon Friend.

For further information, see www.davincicodeonstage.com

2022 Tour Dates 

10 – 15 January

Churchill Theatre, Bromley

Box Office: 020 3285 6000

www.churchilltheatre.co.uk

17 – 22 January

Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Box Office: 0115 989 5555

www.trch.co.uk

24 – 29 January

Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Box Office: 0114 249 6000

www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

31 January – 5 February

Bath Theatre Royal

Box Office: 01225 448844

www.theatreroyal.org.uk

7 – 12 February

Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Box Office: 01752 267 222

www.theatreroyal.com

14 – 19 February

Theatr Clywd

Box Office: 01352 344101

www.theatrclwyd.com

21 – 26 February

Coventry Belgrade Theatre

Box Office: 024 7655 3055

www.belgrade.co.uk

28 February – 5 March

Hull New Theatre

Box Office: 01482 300 306 

www.hulltheatres.co.uk

7 – 12 March

Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Box Office: 01902 429212

www.grandtheatre.co.uk

14 – 19 March

Brighton Theatre Royal

Box Office: 0333 009 6690

www.atgtickets.com/venues/theatre-royal-brighton

21 – 26 March

Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

Box Office: 01242 572573

www.everymantheatre.org.uk

28 March – 2 April

King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Box Office: 0844 871 7648

www.atgtickets.com/venues/kings-theatre-glasgow

6 – 9 April

King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Box Office: 0131 529 6000

www.capitaltheatres.com

11 – 16 April

Theatre Royal, Newcastle

Box Office: 08448 11 21 21

www.theatreroyal.co.uk

26 – 30 April

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Box Office: 023 8071 1811

http://www.mayflower.org.uk

2 – 7 May

Richmond Theatre

Box Office: 03330 096 690

www.atgtickets.com/venues/richmond-theatre

9 – 14 May

New Victoria Theatre, Woking

Box Office: 0844 871 7645

www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-victoria-theatre

16 – 21 May

Curve Theatre, Leicester

Box Office: 0116 242 3595

www.curveonline.co.uk

28 June – 2 July 

New Theatre, Cardiff

Box Office: 029 2087 8889

www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk

12 – 17 September

Malvern Theatre

Box Office: 01684 892277

www.malvern-theatres.co.uk

19 – 24 September

Grand Opera House, Belfast

Box Office: 028 9024 1919

www.goh.co.uk

26 September – 1 October

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Box Office: 01483 440 000

www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

10 – 15 October

Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Box Office: 01604 624811

www.royalandderngate.co.uk

17 – 22 October 

Oxford Playhouse

Box Office: 01865 305305

www.oxfordplayhouse.com

24 – 29 October

Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

Box Office: 0343 310 0040

www.swindontheatres.co.uk

31 October – 5 November

Liverpool Playhouse

Box Office: 0151 709 4776

www.everymanplayhouse.com

7 – 12 November

The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Box Office: 01274 432000

www.bradford-theatres.co.uk

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