The Braille Legacy Musical

the braille legacy The Braille Legacy follows the story of a great mind, Louis Braille, who changed the world by inventing the tactile system of communication widely used by blind people. Written by Sébastien Lancrenon and Jean-Baptiste Saudray, directed by Thom Southerland (Ragtime, Titanic) and starring Olivier-award winning Jérôme Pradon, the Braille Legacy is an empowering tale of perseverance and hope.

“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. It will run at Charing Cross Theatre from Monday 10 April to Saturday 24 June. 

In Paris in the 19th century, blind people were often victims of 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. 

The fascinating life of Louis Braille 

Louis Braille lost his sight when he was three years old, after an accident in his father's workshop. He soon discovered that it was incredibly difficult to learn simply by listening in class, and being bright, he managed to win a scholarship to the  Royal Institute of Blind Youth in Paris.  However, he soon discovered that their 12 books with 'raised letters' were very difficult to read and incredibly time-consuming to produce.

Seeminly by fate, in 1821 a French soldier named Charles Barbier visited the school. Barbier had an ingenious invention: a tactile code of 12 raised dots that would let soliders share classified information on the battlefield without having to make a noise. He called this system 'night writing'.

As it happened, the code proved too difficult for the soldiers to learn. But Louis, with his heightened tactile awareness, was able to learn and improve the system. He simplified the 12 dots into 6, and had a sophisticated system in place by the time he was 15. He published the first Braille book in the world in 1829, which was entitled "Method of Writing Words, Music, and Plain Songs by Means of Dots, for Use by the Blind and Arranged for Them". By 1868, a group of British men who set up what is now known as the RNIB, helped make braille a worldwide language. 
 
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We visited the cast to watch them in action at the rehearsals

How to buy tickets

If you just want to buy tickets, you can ring the Ticketmaster accessible bookings line 0800 988 4440 or visit the Charing Cross Theatre website (although accessibility of the website may be limited). Also, if you provide the Promotion Code RNIBFRIEND, £5 from your ticket price will be donated to RNIB!

If you have an Access Card or proof of disability living allowance or similar, you're entitled to book a second ticket for free for a carer to accompany you (the box office can confirm this on the phone when you book). It’s available for all the performances as advised by the box office.  

 

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