BUY TICKETS: The Da Vinci Code is at the Lyceum – from January 25 to 29, 2022 – for tickets call the Box Office on 0114 249 6000 or vsiit www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk.
This world premiere production, the first ever stage adaptation of Dan Brown’s best-selling thriller, stars ex EastEnders actor Nigel Harman as Robert Langdon, Red Dwarf icon Danny John-Jules as Sir Leigh Teabing, Hannah Rose Caton, as Sophie Neveu, and Joshua Lacy, as Silas.
The cast also includes Basienka Blake (Vernet), Alasdair Buchan (Remy) Alpha Kargbo (Fache), Leigh Lothian (Collet), Andrew Lewis (Saunière) and Debra Michaels (Sister Sandrine/Marie).
The Da Vinci Code, a thrilling murder, mystery adventure, tells what happens after the curator of the Louvre is brutally murdered and a series of baffling codes are found alongside his body.
Follow the pulse-racing journey as Professor Langdon and fellow cryptologist Sophie, 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.
Dan Brown, whose epic thriller has been read and seen on the big screen by millions of people worldwide, said of the theatre production: “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.”
Director Luke Sheppard, who directed the award-winning West End musical & Juliet and What’s New Pussycat at Birmingham Rep, 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.”
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.”
The UK tour will also take in 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, Truro, Northampton, Oxford, Swindon, Liverpool and Bradford, where it runs until November 12,. 2022.
Nigel Harman and Danny John-Jules will be performing the roles of Robert Langdon and Sir Leigh Teabing up to and including Newcastle.
Danny John-Jules will be performing in Southampton and Nigel Harman 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.
His 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 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. Based both in London and New York she 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 adapted for the stage by Rachel Wagstaff (Flowers For Mrs Harris, Birdsong) and Duncan Abel (The Girl on the Train).
Joining the creative team is Set and Costume Designer David Woodhead, Video Designer Andrzej Goulding, Composition and Sound Design team, Ben and Max Ringham, Lighting Designer Lizzie Powell and Casting Director Stuart Burt CDG.