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Belgrade Theatre review: The Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, to Feb 26.

Review by Ann Evans

This stage version of the Dan Brown blockbuster novel is ambitious, and packed full of drama and tension.

Adapted by Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel and directed by Luke Sheppard, the play keeps the audience riveted from start to finish.

There is an incredible pace to the play, and the scenes are set with clever use of lighting, background film, imagery and some simple props. The overall effect creates a dramatic and believable story of mystery and intrigue.

The storyline takes you from country to country as the hero and heroine are chased by authorities and seekers of the Holy Grail. There is no time to lose concentration if you’re to follow the plot, especially when the characters are trying to crack the codes.

The story begins with the murder of the curator of the Louvre in Paris. Alongside his body are a series of baffling codes. Professor Robert Langdon, played by TV favourite Nigel Harman (Eastenders, Hotel Babylon) and fellow cryptologist Sophie Neveu, played by Hannah Rose Caton, attempt to solve the riddles, leading to the works of Leonardo Da Vinci and beyond.

There is humour in the script, bringing a little light-heartedness every now and then to the stage, not least from popular actor Danny John-Jules (Red Dwarf, Death in Paradise), who takes on the role of Langdon’s wealthy friend Sir Leigh Teabing. But some of the most dramatic scenes are those provided by the character Silas played by Joshua Lacey.

Every member of the cast brings their roles to life with conviction and passion, making this one very memorable production.

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