The Braille Legacy
Acclaimed director Thom Southerland (Ragtime, Titanic, Grey Gardens) directs the world première of  The Braille Legacy, starring West End star Jérôme Pradon
 
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.
 
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.

The Braille Legacy is supported by the Royal National Institute of Blind People & L'Occitane

*Audio Described performances will take place on Saturday 27th May, 15:00 & Monday 29th May, 19:30. To book audio described seats please contact the box office directly on 02079258040 or email us at boxoffice@charingcrosstheatre.co.uk. 


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Marie Skłodowska-Curie. Physicist. Pioneer. Parent.

As she arrives from her native home in Poland to study at Sorbonne University in Paris, young Marie Skłodowska is certain she can make a name for herself and change the course of science. She discovers radium, a new chemical element, with her husband Pierre Curie, and she’s lauded with the Nobel Prize.

But she is faced with an overwhelming moral dilemma. As Marie discovers the lifesaving potential of radium to cure cancer, factory workers handling the glowing substance are succumbing to the insidious grip of radium poisoning.

As a woman with society against her, can she wrestle with both the potential and danger of her discovery – and what is she if radium’s dangers overshadow its possibilities?

A story of life and death, ‘Marie Curie’ has already captivated audiences in Korea and Japan with its sweeping score and story and is now brought to London audiences for the first time in a stirring original production directed by Sarah Meadows (Ride).


Cast: 

Marie Skłodowska-Curie – Ailsa Davidson
Anne Kowalska - Chrissie Bhima
Pierre Curie - Thomas Josling
Ruben DeLong - Richard Meek
Irene Curie/cover Anne Kowalska - Lucy Young
Featured Ensemble/Alternate Marie - Isabel Snaas
Featured Ensemble/cover Ruben - Christopher Killik
Featured Ensemble/cover Pierre - Dean Makowski-Clayton
Featured Ensemble - Maya Kristal Tenenbaum
Featured Ensemble - Yujin Park
On Stage Swing - Rio Maye

Creatives: 

Producers: Byungwon Kang & LIVE corp.
Book & Lyrics: Seeun Choun
Music: Jongyoon Choi
Director: Sarah Meadows
English Book Adaptation: Tom Ramsay
Musical Director: Emma Fraser
English Lyrics, New Musical Arrangements & Ensemble Arrangements: Emma Fraser
Literal Translation: Ahreumbi Rew
Associate Director: Olivia Munk 
Set & Costume Designer: Rose Montgomery 
Lighting Designer: Prema Mehta 
Choreographer: Joanna Goodwin
Costume Supervisor: Evelien van Camp 
Sound Designer: Andrew Johnson
Video Designer: Matt Powell
Casting Director: Jane Deitch
Production Manager: James Anderton
General Management: Ollie Hancock & Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment


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