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Death in Paradise star Danny-John Jules lands new role away from BBC series

Death in Paradise: Danny John-Jules discusses filming show

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Danny John-Jules, 61, is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Officer Dwayne Myers in the BBC’s Death in Paradise. Since the actor handed in his badge in 2018, the star has competed on Strictly Come Dancing as well as returning to classic sci-fi sitcom, Red Dwarf. With Strictly reigniting his love for the stage, the actor has announced he’ll be performing in a theatre production adaptation of a bestselling novel.

Danny has revealed he will be teaming up with EastEnders actor Nigel Harman, who played heartthrob Dennis Rickman on the BBC soap, for a theatre production of The Da Vinci Code. 

It has been confirmed Nigel will be playing the book’s protagonist Robert Langdon, while Danny will star as Sir Leigh Teabing. 

Sir Leigh is the main antagonist in the book who helps characters Langdon and Sophie Neveu search for the Holy Grail. 

In the film adaptation of the novel, Sir Leigh was played by Sir Ian McKellen and Langdon was portrayed by Tom Hanks. 

Dan Brown, the author behind the mystery thriller, has shared his delight about the book being adapted into a stage 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,” he told Hello! Magazine. 

“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 cast will be touring the UK from January 2022, visiting theatres in cities including Nottingham, Sheffield, Brighton and Edinburgh. 

The production’s producer Simon Friend told The London Theatre: “With Dan Brown’s full endorsement of the show, 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.”

Actress Hannah Rose Caton will be making her professional stage debut as Sophie Neveu alongside Danny and Nigel. 

The production is set to open in Bromley on January 10 next year and run until April.

Director Luke Sheppard hopes the stage version will be a huge hit with audiences who can watch the mystery unfold from their seats. 

He 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.”

If the show is a success, will Danny continue treading the boards, or will he return to television dramas?

The actor starred in Death in Paradise for seven years where he helped solve 62 murders. 

He exited the show at the end of series eight in 2018 and went on to join the line-up for Strictly Come Dancing. 

He admitted at the time that it was his love of the theatre that played a part in his decision to leave Death in Paradise behind. 

Death in Paradise episodes are available on BBC iPlayer.

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