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.
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My Dear Ada
Lewis Carroll to Adelaide Paine
O, Excellent Air-Bag!
Robert Southey to Tom Southey
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
Fortunately, I had my new radio
Mary Grant A. Walker
I shall always be with you
Milada Horakova to her daughter
Jessica Mitford Maya Angelou
A dangerous cult now runs Britain
Tony Mabbott to the Guardian
Ought women not to be abolished altogether?
Clementine Churchill to The Times
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
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
There is a singular and perpetual charm in a letter of yours
Thomas Bailey Aldrich to Edward S. Morse
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
The loss of you lingers
Queen Victoria to Princess Victoria
I am going to put you to a test
Ayn Rand to her niece
Let’s hope it wasn’t all just a bit too late
Ted Hughes to Nicholas Hughes
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
The thermometer will burst
Anais Nin and Henry Miller
Wind the clock
E. B. White to Mr. Nadeau
Just Another Thing That We Don’t Talk About