Critically acclaimed director Thom Southerland will follow his highly successful first season as artistic director at the Charing Cross Theatre with 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 (Women On the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Miss Saigon, Les Misérables).
Southerland will direct the production which will run at the Charing Cross Theatre 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 revolutionary Braille alphabet.
A labour of love for the former director of France’s Radio Classique, Sébastien Lancrenon, The Braille 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/orchestrations by Simon Lee.
Set design will be by Tim Shortall, with costume design by Jonathan Lipman and sound design by Andrew Johnson. Casting will be by Stephen Crockett at Grindrod Casting and Jo Hawes for children’s casting, with music preparation by Simone Manfredini.
The Braille Legacy will be produced by The Braille Legacy Ltd by arrangement with Colbert Entertainment Ltd.