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10/03/2016

GILLIAN ANDERSON, JARVIS COCKER, MATT BERRY, ANNEKA RICE, RIZ AHMED, GERALDINE JAMES, SAMANTHA BOND, WILL SELF, NICK HEWER, TOM HOLLANDER, BENJAMIN CLEMENTINE AND NATALIE CLEIN KICKSTART STAR STUDDED LETTERS LIVE RUN AT LONDON’S ICONIC FREEMASONS’ HALL

LINE UPS EACH NIGHT REMAIN A CLOSELY GUARDED SECRET, NAMES YET TO APPEAR INCLUDE BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH, IAN MCKELLEN, RUSSELL BRAND, OLIVIA COLMAN, CAREY MULLIGAN, JUDE LAW, CAITLIN MORAN, JULIA DONALDSON, ELLIE BAMBER, SANJEEV BHASKAR, SHAPPI KORSANDI, JOHN BISHOP, JACK DEE, BOB GELDOF, DAVID NICHOLLS AND MANY MORE

LETTERS LIVE IS AT FREEMASONS’ HALL FROM 10-15TH MARCH, A LIMITED AMOUNT OF £10 TICKETS ARE RELEASED EACH NIGHT ON THE DOOR

Last night, 10th March, Letters Live – the live celebration of literary correspondence – kicked off a 7 show run at Freemasons’ Hall with a host of star studded names. The line up, a secret until the show itself, included: GILLIAN ANDERSON, JARVIS COCKER, MATT BERRY, ANNEKA RICE, RIZ AHMED, MATT BERRY, GERALDINE JAMES, SAMANTHA BOND, WILL SELF, NICK HEWER, TOM HOLLANDER, BENJAMIN CLEMENTINE AND NATALIE CLEIN. Letters Live continues until 15th March, tickets are on sale from ticketmaster.co.uk/letterslive.

Inspired by Shaun Usher’s international best-selling Letters of Note series and Simon Garfield’s To the Letter, Letters Live is a celebration of the enduring power of literary correspondence throughout history. Each show features a completely different array of great performers, reading remarkably emotive, diverse and surprising letters from around the world. The shows benefit a range of literary charities, including Ministry of Stories, First Story and Help Refugees.

Letters read on Friday 10th March include –

Matt Berry – Letter from Elvis Presley

Gillian Anderson – Letter from Helen Keller

Tom Hollander – Letter from Ronald Reagan

Geraldine James – Letter from Madame de Sevigne

Samantha Bond – Letter from Brian Doyle

Riz Ahmed – Letter from Norman Mailer

Anneka Rice – Letter from Elizabeth Taylor

Will Self – Letter from Henry James

Jarvis Cocker and Tom Hollander – Letters from R. G. Ingersol and Rev. Dr. JM Buckley

Nick Hewer and Matt Berry – Letter from Mehmed IV

Geraldine James – Letter from Ethel and Julius Rosenburg

Riz Ahmed – Letter from Matt Stone (South Park)

Gillian Anderson – Letter from Tennessee Williams

Tom Hollander – Letter from Mark Forstater

Samantha Bond – Letter from Karin Cook

Will Self – Letter from Carl Jung

Gillian Anderson – Letter from Eleanor Roosevelt

Nick Hewer – Letter from Sir Archibald Clark Kerr

Anneka Rice – Letter from Arthur C Fifield

Jarvis Cocker – Letter from Dr. Mark Taubert

Following a sell out run at Freemasons’ Hall in 2015, Letters Live returns in 2016 with six evening shows and a family matinee on Saturday 12th March. Names for the matinee are confirmed as Ian McKellen, Russell Brand, Jude Law, Blue Peter’s Lyndsey Russell, Sanjeev Bhaskar and further surprise performers.

Refreshments at Letters Live will be hosted by Burger & Lobster with a selection of Tanqueray No. TEN cocktails. 

The last run of Letters Live events at the Freemasons’ Hall saw letters written by people as varied as David Bowie, Marge Simpson, Mohandas Gandhi, Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin, Kurt Vonnegut, Charlotte Bronte, Richard Burton, Jane Austen and Che Guevara being read out by a host of stars.

Watch some of the highlights from last year’s Freemasons’ Hall run here: http://letterslive.com/events/

Ticket prices start at £35 (+Booking Fee). For all ticket information please visit – http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/letterslive 

Letters Live has supported a range of UK literacy initiatives via auctions and audience fundraising. Beneficiaries in the UK to date are Ministry of Stories, a creative writing and mentoring centre founded by Nick Hornby in East London for young people aged 8-18, First Story, a schools outreach literacy project founded by writer William Fiennes, and The Reading Agency. In June Letters Live co-presented its first event in Los Angeles, along with Dave Eggers’ literacy charity 826LA, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and which raised over $300,000.

Since its creation by Canongate Books in 2013, Letters Live has grown in reach and reputation.  Following a partnership with film and television production company SunnyMarch in 2015, Letters Livehas gone from strength to strength and will be announcing in due course a further twenty to twenty five dates across 2016 and early 2017.

For further information please contact Murray Chalmers PR: 

www.murraychalmers.com 

0207 361 0730

lottie@murraychalmers.com

sarah@murraychalmers.com

murray@murraychalmers.com

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