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Charing Cross Theatre, London4.618 reviews
Acclaimed director Thom Southerland directs and Jérôme Pradon stars in this world premiere!

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The Braille Legacy coming to the Charing Cross this spring!
 
The Braille Legacy tells the thrilling, true, inspirational and epic story of Louis Braille, a young blind boy who wanted the same chance in life as those who see and ended up improving the lives of millions of blind people around the world.
 
In Paris in 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 same chance as everyone else: 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 something revolutionary: a simple idea, a genius invention, 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. It was their journey into the light.

Directed by Thom Southerland, who has previously brought to the Charing Cross Ragtime and Titanic and has also directed Grey Gardens.

Olivier Award nominated Jérôme Pradon's West End credits include the UK premiere of the musical Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown, Guillaume in Martin Guerre, The Man in Whistle Down the Wind, Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings, Chris in Miss Saigon, Javert in Les Misérables in London and Marius in Paris, and Judas in the Emmy-winning video of Jesus Christ Superstar.
 
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. Music Supervision and Orchestrations are by Simon Lee.

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Charing Cross Theatre(formerly New Players Theatre), The Arches, Villiers Street, London, WC2N 6NG

Customer Reviews

18 reviews4.6

Nathalie Pease5th July

Very inspiring and uplifting show. The performances were very good and the young actor playing Louis Braille has a wonderful voice. Some of the ensemble songs were reminiscent of "Les Miserables". I would definitely recommend this show.

Customer4th July

Pros: Good story, great cast, gorgeous music. Some reviews commented on the inappropriate use of blindfolds but I thought this was a stroke of genius because it demonstrated when the blind children were developing independence compared to ('scuse pun) being kept in the dark. Suggestions: Make it sung-through and turn the existing spoken parts into song; Use a larger stage and larger cast eg larger class of children. Overall, a very good musical which gets better on 2nd and 3rd viewings as the songs become more familiar. I left the theatre humming but a little tearful because of the emotional connection I felt to the main character. Give me an original, adult story and score over film adaptation, juke box and Disney anytime!.

Anon25th June

Fantastic production! Really good atmosphere.

Lisa Gleeson23rd June

Lovely theatre, fantastic show, cast were amazing.

keith chamberlin23rd June

Excellent evening with an excellent cast and very easy to collect tickets at the box office

Karen Wood22nd June

I loved it, found it very moving

Francois Bornens22nd June

Worth any show I have seen in the West End! Very moving.

Mandy Harris21st June

Fantastic musical. Very talented cast, especially the lead. Their voices were all outstanding and I loved the music. Emotional storyline acted and sung to perfection. The children were brilliant, their professionalism and ability was outstanding. I am so pleased I went to see this, my teenage daughter also loved it. Well done to all involved.

Sue Sweetland20th June

The actors all gave their everything. Fantastic show. Good story. Highly recommend.

Courtney Moreland15th June

The Braille Legacy has a passionate team and inspiring subject matter. To be sure, the plot structure could still use some work and the way it includes blind audience members isn't developed. But the cast and crew alike gave it their all and it was a heartwarming experience.

Guus Labooy12th June

Magnificent! We were really deeply touched. My wife is blind, and that made it of course extra special: very deep themes of your own life are touched (sorry, we are Dutch, don't know how to say this kind of things properly in English).

Edward Schroder10th June

Wonderful deserves highest praise. A great inspiring story and music. Talented cast and especially the children. Heartwarming. I wish it the best success. An uplifting experience.