Letters Live is delighted to announce its first ever New York shows on May 18 and 19, 2018, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and surprise guests.
Both shows will be held in the New York Town Hall in midtown Manhattan, from 8pm – 10:20pm EST. Tickets for the shows will go on general sale on Friday April 12th at 12 Noon EST, with ticket prices beginning at $60. A limited number of pre-sale tickets will be available to Ticketmaster and Town Hall subscribers on Thursday April 11th at 12 Noon EST. Through these shows two partner charities will be supported: 826NYC, and EI Foundation.
Letters Live celebrates the enduring power of literary correspondence by inviting brilliant actors to perform remarkable and unforgettable letters to a live audience.
Past Letters Live shows have included performances by an array of talent including Benedict Cumberbatch, Gillian Anderson, Ian McKellen, Kylie Minogue, Russell Brand, Thandie Newton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Rose McGowan, Riz Ahmed, Juliet Stevenson, LeVar Burton, Mark Hamil, Anjelica Huston, Tom Hiddleston, Sally Hawkins, JJ Abrams, James Corden, Noma Dumezweni, Oscar Isaac, Mary J Blige, Jude Law, Brie Larson, Nick Cave and Sir Ben Kingsley to name a few.
Shows have included letters written by the likes of David Bowie, Mohandas Gandhi, Maya Angelou, Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin, Kurt Vonnegut, Charlotte Bronte, Tom Hanks, Katherine Hepburn, Richard Burton, Patti Smith, Abraham Lincoln, James Baldwin, and Che Guevara.
As past Letters Live performer Nick Cave writes, “Letters Live is so full of fun and mischief – and matters serious. The audience simply have no idea what they are going to get, except for the fact that the letters are always illuminating and the people who read them, a strange and eccentric bunch! Everybody seems to be there for a common cause: to celebrate the act of communication through the power of the written word. Completely awesome!”