Past event

Letters Live at the Royal Albert Hall 2022

Date:
28 October 2022

Letters Live is back at the Royal Albert Hall for the third time this autumn.

 

Letters Live is an unmissable celebration of the power of literary correspondence. Each show stars a completely different array of world class 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 will take to the stage or what letter they will bring to life. The result is a glorious event like no other and a journey through time that is, by turns, heart-breaking, hilarious and powerful.

 

The previous two Letters Live shows at the Royal Albert Hall saw talent such as Gillian Anderson, Olivia Colman, Taika Waititi, Brian Cox, Benedict Cumberbatch, Thom Yorke, Jude Law, Stephen Fry, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Florence Welch and Laura Mvula grace the stage, to name just a few.

 

Join us this October to see who else will tread the boards – it’s guaranteed to be an unforgettable evening.

Programme

Thursday 27th October
Tony Robinson

 

My Dear Ada

Lewis Carroll to Adelaide Paine

 

O, Excellent Air-Bag!

Robert Southey to Tom Southey

 

Jordan Stephens

 

Thank you and I hope you choke

Beatles Fan to Nike

 

A static present, surrounded by a wall of anxiety

Fernando Pessoa Mario de Sa-Carneiro

 

Salena Godden

 

Fortunately, I had my new radio

Mary Grant A. Walker

 

Louise Brealey

 

I shall always be with you

Milada Horakova to her daughter

 

Such bosh

Jessica Mitford Maya Angelou

 

Jess Philips

 

A dangerous cult now runs Britain

Tony Mabbott to the Guardian

 

Ought women not to be abolished altogether?

Clementine Churchill to The Times

 

Benedict Cumberbatch

 

Honestly, I am embarrassed just writing this letter

Andrew Forrester, an open letter

 

It would be easier and pleasanter to drown myselfGeorge Bernard Shaw Various

 

Kit Harington

 

I cannot envisage a life without loving you

John Berryman to Chris Haynes

 

I have had my eye on you

Simon Fallowfield Mary Foster Kit Harington

 

Clarke Peters

 

There is a singular and perpetual charm in a letter of yours

Thomas Bailey Aldrich to Edward S. Morse

 

Denise Gough

 

The loss of you lingers

Karin Cook to Joan Cook Carpenter

 

I want to love first, and live incidentally

Zelda Sayre to F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

Miriam Margolyes

 

The loss of you lingers

Queen Victoria to Princess Victoria

 

I am going to put you to a test

Ayn Rand  to her niece

 

 

Benedict Cumberbatch

 

Let’s hope it wasn’t all just a bit too late

Ted Hughes to Nicholas Hughes

 

Himesh Patel

 

I don’t want to be alone

Rupert Brooke to Cathleen Nesbitt

 

I am unable to accept your rejection at this time

Paul Devlin to Various colleges

 

 

Miriam Margolyes and Clarke Peters

The thermometer will burst

Anais Nin and Henry Miller

 

John Kerry

 

Wind the clock

E. B. White to Mr. Nadeau

 

Music

 

Tom Odell

Just Another Thing That We Don’t Talk About

 

Max Richter

Origins

 

Lisa from Ibeyi

Waves

 

Celeste

Strange