Past event

Letters Live at Royal Albert Hall 2021

Date:
30 October 2021

Book Letters Live at Royal Albert Hall 2021

Following a sell-out success in 2019, Letters Live returned to the Royal Albert Hall in October 2021.

 

Letters Live is a celebration of the enduring power of literary correspondence. 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 you never know who is going to take to the stage or what letter they are going to bring alive. The result is a glorious event like no other and a truly unforgettable journey through time.

 

Read on for the programme of phenomenal readers and letters we brought to the Royal Albert Hall:

Programme

Saturday 30th October 2021

 

Brian Cox

 

You ignorant freak

Hunter S. Thompson to Dave Allen

 

I would like to give you your own history

Juan Gelman to his grandchild

 

 

Daisy Ridley

 

I am an ocean flyer

Beryl Markham to the Press

 

Love, Nina

Nina Stibbe to Victoria Stibbe

 

Sanjeev Bhaskar

 

Honestly, why aren’t you writing to me?

Vladimir Nabakov to Vera Nabokov

 

Not everything can be explained logically

Oscar Brittle to The Irrigator

 

Cynthia Erivo

 

Never has any woman been so well and truly loved as I

Valentine Ackland to Sylvia Townsend Warner

 

Brother, you got a fan now!

Nina Simone to Langston Hughes

 

 

Louise Brealey

 

Never has any woman been so well and truly loved as I

Valentine Ackland to Sylvia Townsend Warner

 

Dear Mother

Eve Ensler to Mother Earth

 

 

Benedict Cumberbatch

 

How can you live like this?

Oliver Beale to Richard Branson

 

Hello it’s me

Cyrus Thatcher to his family

 

 

Gillian Anderson

 

Follow your dreams, not your boyfriends

Gillian Anderson to herself

 

She was more than a saint

Martha Gellhorn to Adlai Stevenson

 

 

Armistead Maupin

 

Letter to Mama

Michael Toliver His Mother

 

 

Meera Syal

 

Don’t shake my tree

Shirley Jackson to a disgruntled reader

 

Mother’s name: Homeira

Homeira Qaderi to her son

 

You Babylonian scullion

Mehmed IV to Zaporozhian Cossacks

 

 

Matt Lucas

 

I wonder which is the sickest

George Sanders to Brian Aherne

 

You Babylonian scullion

Mehmed IV to Zaporozhian Cossacks

 

Toby Jones

 

This evening the letter came to grief

Daniil Kharms to Lipavskys

 

Portentous, derisive, dull, dismal, damnable

Charles Dickens to Wilkie Collins

 

 

Emma Corrin

 

May your work be condemned to the pastry–cook’s shop

Jane Austen to her brothers

 

Does everyone really have something good in them?

Margaret Veglahn to Harper Lee

 

Keegan Michael Key

 

Yours in science

Harvey Rowe to Scott Williams

 

The life and the work are equally important

Andre Gregory to Richard Avedon

 

 

Ione Wells

You did not just attack me that night

Ione Wells to her assaulter

 

 

Thom Yorke

 

It’s a virus

Tom Waits to The Nation

 

 

Music

 

Thom Yorke

Safe in the Knowledge

 

Tom Odell

 

Laura Mvula

Strange Fruit

 

The Gabriels

Love and Hate in a Different Time