Final casting has been announced for the world premiere production of a major new musical based on the inspirational story of Louis Braille.
Announced on World Braille Day on 4 January, The Braille Legacy will star Olivier Award nominee Jérôme Pradon (UK premiere of the musical Women On the Verge Of a Nervous Breakdown, Miss Saigon and Les Misérables).
Joining Pradon will be: Jason Broderick (Godspell UK tour, Anna Nicole – The Opera, Royal Opera House); Tate-Elliot Drew (My Land’s Shore, Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre); Will Haswell (Jersey Boys, West End, Shrek the Musical, UK tour); Lottie Henshall (Doctors, BBC1); Sarah-Marie Maxwell (She Loves Me, Menier Chocolate Factory, Top Hat, UK tour); Matthew McDonald (Death Takes a Holiday, Charing Cross Theatre, Allegro, Southwark Playhouse); Kate Milner-Evans (Show Boat ,West End, The Phantom of the Opera); Janet Mooney (West End includes Les Misérables and Love Never Dies); Ceili O’Connor (Grand Hotel, Southwark Playhouse, Evita, UK tour); Michael Remick (West End includes Dirty Dancing and The Sound of Music); Ashley Stillburn (Death Takes a Holiday, Charing Cross Theatre, The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables, West End); and Jack Wolfe in his professional stage debut as Louis Braille.
The child cast features: Guillermo Bedward, Thomas Brown, Tallulah Byrne, Beau Cripps, Ilan Galkoff, Honey Harrison-Maw, Eliz Hassan, Megan Haynes, Zachary Loonie, Mimi Slinger, Ophir Fifi Tal and William Thompson.
Critically-acclaimed director Thom Southerland will follow his successful first season as artistic director at the Charing Cross Theatre with the production which will run at the venue from Monday 10 April until Saturday 24 June with a press night on Monday 24 April.
Set in 19th Century Paris, The Braille Legacy tells the story of the young blind boy Louis Braille whose determined fight for a better life for himself and people like him led to the invention of the Braille alphabet.
A labour of love for the former director of France’s Radio Classique, Sébastien Lancrenon, The Brialle Legacy has a French language book and lyrics by Lancrenon, music by Jean-Baptiste Saudray, with an English translation by Ranjit Bolt and music supervision and orchestrations by Simon Lee.
Set design will be by Tim Shortall, with music supervision and orchestrations by Simon Lee, musical direction from Toby Higgins, choreography by Lee Proud, set design by Tim Shortall, lighting design by Tim Lutkin, costume design by Jonathan Lipman, sound design by Andrew Johnson, casting by Stephen Crockett at Grindrod Casting, and Jo Hawes for children’s casting. Music preparation is by Simone Manfredini with Rupert Hands serving as associate director.
The Braille Legacy is produced by The Braille Legacy Ltd by arrangement with Colbert Entertainment Ltd.
The production is supported by the Royal National Institute of Blind People and L’Occitane, who will sponsor the audio-described performances.