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 returns to Islington's Union Chapel this spring.
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 surprised 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 it gives us a rare window into others' lives, loves, pains, triumphs and losses, that is positively tranformative.
Tickets go on sale this Friday 15th December at 10am with presale available for previous Ticketmaster Letters Live customers from 10am this Thursday 14th December.
|What||Letters Live 2018, London|
|Where||Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, London, N1 2XD | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Highbury & Islington (underground)|
07 Mar 18 – 09 Mar 18, Doors open at 7pm, readings begin at 7:45pm
|Website||Click here for more information about Letters Live|