Boasting more heavyweight A-listers than the average red carpet, Letters Live puts the art of letter writing back in the limelight. Stars read aloud from an inspiring selection of real life correspondence, conjuring intimate relationships, private moments and historical drama in rare detail through these little portals. The event is a favourite on the festival circuit and sells out whenever it comes to London. Letters Live comes to the newly restored Alexandra Palace for a one-off event this December.
Audiences do not know the line-up ahead of time, so there are no spoilers yet. But previous line ups have featured the likes of Gillian Anderson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jude Law, Caitlin Moran, Tom Hiddleston and many, many more. And it's often the biggest surprises that are the most moving: one year there was an audible gasp when, reading a letter addressed to Walt Disney about Mary Poppins, Karen Dotrice appeared – the former child star who played Jane Banks.
The chosen letters are engrossing by themselves, but at Letters Live their richness is intensified by the sheer talents of those reading them. The charities it supports – Help Refugees, First Story and Ministry of Stories – are incredibly appropriate: 'Letters cast a powerful spell' Letters Live organiser Jamie Byng explained in his introduction. Not only is it voyeuristically engrossing when a reader steps into the shoes of the letter writer, but when it gives us a rare window into others' lives, loves, pains, triumphs and losses, it is positively tranformative.
Tickets go on sale on Friday 19th October at 10am. Click here to book.
|What||Letters Live 2018, London's Alexandra Palace Theatre|
|Where||Alexandra Palace Theatre, Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Wood Green (underground)|
On 04 Dec 18, Doors open at 6pm; starts at 7:15pm
|Price||£25 - £60|
|Website||Click here for more information about Letters Live|