4TH TO 8TH OCTOBER 2016
TICKETS ON SALE FROM 22nd JULY
‘Hear the best letters in the world read by the best voices in Britain’ – The Observer
‘The biggest names in showbiz acquitting themselves in high style’ – Daily Telegraph
‘What a tribute to the power of words’ – Evening Standard
‘Like being read a uniquely witty bedtime story by the stars – a first class evening’ – The Independent
‘Funny, heartbreaking, silly, momentous and compellingly intimate. Pretty darn good.’ – Time Out
‘Letters Live will come around again soon. You should go. It’s terrific!’ – Financial Times
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Letters Live, which regularly features some of the biggest names of stage and screen, is returning this October to the Freemasons’ Hall in Covent Garden following an acclaimed, sold out run in March 2016. Tickets for the new shows will go on sale on Friday 22nd July at 9am via Ticketmaster. For a reminder of some of the stars who graced the stage at the March Freemasons’ Hall run, watch this film: http://letterslive.com/events/
Inspired by Shaun Usher’s international best-selling Letters of Note series and Simon Garfield’s To The Letter, Letters Live has moved audiences to both laughter and tears through a series of heartfelt, humorous and at times, heartbreaking letters, delivered by some of the most talented and acclaimed actors working today.
The line ups for Letters Live shows always remain a closely guarded secret but over its life a dazzling array of performing talent has taken part including Benedict Cumberbatch, Maureen Lipman, Jude Law, Toby Jones, Olivia Colman, Oscar Isaacs, Carey Mulligan, Ian McKellen, Rob Brydon, Sophie Hunter, Stephen Fry, Kylie Minoque, Russell Brand, Danny Huston, Caitlin Moran, Peter Capaldi, Kerry Fox, Jarvis Cocker, Jack Whitehall, Jack Dee, Gillian Anderson, Bob Geldof, Shappi Khorsandi, John Bishop, Tom Odell, Louise Brealey, Lemn Sissay, Julia Donaldson, David Nicholls, Edna O’Brien, Neil Gaiman, Miriam Margoyles, Danny Boyle, Mariella Frostrup, Tom Hiddleston, Juliet Stevenson, Chris Evans, Matt Berry, Ellie Bamber, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Benjamin Clementine, Maxine Peake, Kelvin Jones, Nick Cave, Sir Ben Kingsley, Viv Albertine, Tom Hollander, Natalie Cline, Ian Hislop, Mark Strong, Bruce Robinson, Jacqueline Wilson, and Simon Callow.
Speaking of the forthcoming run, Benedict Cumberbatch said: “Letters Live is a truly unique experience that allows people from all ages and all walks of life to experience a moment of time in someone else’s life for a brief moment. Hearing their letters read aloud in such a magical setting allows us to share the happiness, sadness, excitement, and pain of that moment together. I can’t wait to see what letters are discovered for October 2016!”
Jamie Byng, CEO of Canongate Books and a Director of Letters Live, added: “Watching Letters Live evolve from the first event at the Tabernacle in December 2013 into such a popular and acclaimed series of shows has been enormously gratifying. It’s a testament to the enduring power of the letter, harnessed through outstanding performance, and I think a clear reminder of the value and appeal of the letter in a digital age.”
Previously, Letters Live has supported a range of UK literacy initiatives via auctions and audience fundraising. Beneficiaries in the UK to date include Nick Hornby’s Ministry of Stories, First Story, a school’s outreach literacy project founded by writer William Fiennes, The Reading Agency and Help Refugees. Last June Letters Live co-presented its first event in Los Angeles, in partnership with Dave Eggers’ literacy charity 826LA, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and which raised over $300,000. This year’s beneficiaries will be announced in due course.