Cast Members: Matt Berry, Nick Cave, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kerry Fox, Neil Gaiman, Thandie Newton, James Rhodes, Bruce Robinson, Colin Salmon, Peter Serafinowicz, Juliet Stevenson
Venue: The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London
Production Dates: December 10, 2013
The Story Beind Letters Live
Launching on 10th December 2013 at the Tabernacle in London, “Letters Live” welcomed high profile performers on stage to share ‘correspondence deserving of a wider audience’. Readers included Gillian Anderson, Matt Berry, Nick Cave, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kerry Fox, Neil Gaiman, Thandie Newton, James Rhodes, Bruce Robinson, Colin Salmon, Peter Serafinowicz and Juliet Stevenson.
Inspired by Canongate’s recent publication of Simon Garfield’s To the Letter and Shaun Usher’s Letters of Note (co-published in partnership with Unbound), “Letters Live” placed both these authors and their books at the heart of these events. Live readings, images and music also played a crucial part in making these performances truly dynamic and memorable. The evening ended with an auction to raise funds for The Reading Agency.
Letters read included those from Beethoven, Charles Bukowski, Nick Cave, Chris Barker and Bessie Moore, Charles Dickens, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Pirosh, Jack the Ripper, Alan Turing, Kurt Vonnegut and Virginia Woolf.
Each show always features a completely different array of great performers, reading remarkable letters written over the centuries and from around the world. One of the joys of Letters Live is that one never knows who is going to take to the stage or what letter they are going to bring alive. As well as celebrating the pain, joy, wisdom and humour expressed in letters, “Letters Live” has from the outset been committed to promoting literacy and to fund-raising for literacy charities. This remains an important part of its activities both in the UK and abroad.
• Gillian read a letter by Dorothy Parker; and one letter from Katherine Hepburn to Spencer Tracy.