7:30pm, 6th December 2019 Upcoming event

On December 6th, 2019, Letters Live will make its long-awaited Manchester debut with a one-off show at the Palace Theatre on Oxford Street.

Tickets: Pre-sale from 9am on Wednesday the 18th September. General sale begins Thursday the 19th September.

Hailed in The Observer as “the best letters in the world read by the best voices”, Letters Live had its premiere at The Tabernacle in west London in December 2013. Since then it has been staged over sixty times, including performances in New York, Venice, Brixton Prison, Los Angeles, Edinburgh, the Hay Festival, the Wilderness Festival and in the Calais Jungle. On October 3rd, Letters Live will play to a packed house at Royal Albert Hall in London, its biggest show to date.

As is always the case with Letters Live, the line-up for Letters Live Manchester will remain under wraps until the night. Past performers have included Benedict Cumberbatch, Olivia Colman, Gillian Anderson, Sir Ian McKellen, Sally Hawkins, Laurence Fishburne, Anjelica Huston, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jude Law, Brie Larson, Tom Hiddelston, Helen McCrory, Stephen Fry, Ngozi Adichie Chimamanda, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Riz Ahmed, Juliet Stevenson, Jarvis Cocker, Noma Dumezweni, Noel Fielding, Kylie Minogue, Thom Yorke, Louise Brealey, Toby Jones and Sir Ben Kingsley, plus live music from artists ranging from Nick Cave, Laura Mvula and Jamie Cullum to Benjamin Clementine, Tom Odell and James Rhodes.

Letters read at previous shows have included ones written by David Bowie, Marge Simpson, Mohandas Gandhi, Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin, Kurt Vonnegut, Charlotte Bronte, James Baldwin, Charles Dickens, Emily Dickinson, John Steinbeck, Madonna, Tom Hanks, Dorothy Parker and Che Guevara as well as by many remarkable people who are lesser known.

Letters Live was inspired by Shaun Usher’s bestselling Letters of Note and Simon Garfield’s To the Letter. A worldwide phenomenon, Usher’s Letters of Note titles have been translated into eighteen languages and sold over 500,000 copies worldwide, and the Letters of Note website has been visited by tens of millions of people.


Tickets now on sale


Palace Theatre

97 Oxford St
M1 6FT


Palace Theatre

97 Oxford St
M1 6FT

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By car:

Manchester is served by an excellent Motorway network:

– M62 Leeds, Humber ports, Liverpool
– M6 Birmingham, London, Scotland
– M56 Chester, North Wales
– M61 Preston
– M60 Motorway ring road around the city

The nearest car parks are Oxford Street and Manchester Palace. For discounted parking bring your car park ticket to the theatre cloakroom for payment & validation (prices vary and are subject to change).
For those with a sat nav the postcode for Oxford Street is M1 5EJ and the postcode for Manchester Palace is M1 6NE.
To get the discounted parking rate you must bring your car park ticket to the cloakroom at the theatre for it to be validated.
By train:

Situated directly opposite the Palace Theatre is Oxford Road train station. Piccadilly train station is only 0.3 miles from the theatre.

By tram:

The nearest tram stop is St Peters Square.

By coach:

Coaches operate from the coach station at Manchester Central. This follows an extensive refurbishment of the site, formerly known as Chorlton Street Coach Station.

By bus:

The Palace Theatre is situated on Oxford Road/Street and is on and close to all the major bus routes.