Red hot stage director, Thom Southerland, has secured the services of Olivier Award-nominated West End star Jérôme Pradon to appear in the première of his new musical that has been inspired by the story of Louis Braille.
The Braille Legacy tells the true, inspirational and epic story of Louis Braille. It will run at Charing Cross Theatre, London, from April.
The Braille Legacy is the story of a revolution and an heroic fight for independence, with the themes of freedom, hope and love, and the triumph of human values over adversity.
In Paris of the 19th century, blind people were victims of profound discrimination. Louis Braille, a bright young mind with a mad dream, arrives at the Royal Institute of Blind Youth, searching for the chance to be free and independent.
But he soon discovers that people and things aren’t always what they first seem. By sheer determination and courage he stumbles upon a revolutionary, simple idea, a genius invention and a legacy.
Two hundred years ago, Louis Braille changed the world by inventing the tactile system of communication, the Braille alphabet, liberating the “People of the Night” and introducing literacy, knowledge and culture to a people who were otherwise trapped.
The production is supported by the Royal National Institute of Blind People.
Olivier Award nominated Jérôme Pradon, whose West End credits include Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown, Martin Guerre, Whistle Down the Wind, The Lord of the Rings, Miss Saigon and Les Misérables, will head the cast.
The Braille Legacy has an original French Book and Lyrics by Sébastien Lancrenon, Music by Jean-Baptiste Saudray, with an English translation by Ranjit Bolt.
The Braille Legacy will run at Charing Cross Theatre from April 10 – June 24.