Beau and the Braille Legacy!

Hedingham School student, Beau Cripps from Sible Hedingham, was thrilled to hear that he has won a part in a brand new West End Show which will be performed at the Charing Cross Theatre later this year.  The show is called the Braille Legacy and tells the thrilling, true and inspirational story of Louis Braille, a young blind boy who wanted the same chance in life as those who could see. He changed the world by inventing the tactile system of communication known as the Braille alphabet, liberating the “People of the Night” and introducing literacy, knowledge and culture to a people who were otherwise trapped in a dark world. Louis Braille therefore ended up improving the lives of millions of blind people around the world.

Beau is eleven years old and has been involved in musical theatre since he was eight. He has already had parts in hit West End shows such as Les Miserables and Kinky Boots.  Following his audition for a part in The Braille Legacy, his parents received an email saying their son had been chosen for a main role in the production.  They told Beau when he got home from school that day and he later said, ‘I just dropped my bag in the drive and started running around screaming because I was so happy and excited!’

Acclaimed director Thom Southerland (Ragtime, Titanic, Grey Gardens) directs the world première of The Braille Legacy which stars Olivier Award nominated Jérôme Pradon whose West End credits include Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings, Chris in Miss Saigon, Javert in Les Misérables and Judas in the Emmy-winning video of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Beau starts rehearsals in London in March and will carry on doing his school work alongside this. The production opens in April and will run until late June.  He hopes to be an actor in the future but as he sensibly says,’ I need a back-up job because acting isn’t always safe as a career and you don’t always have work.’ We wish Beau success in his latest venture!