Benedict Cumberbatch appeared at Letters Live which returned to London after the Hay Festival for an ambitious 5 night residency at the beautiful Freemasons’ Hall in Covent Garden from 31 March to 4 April 2015.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Louise Brealey performed every night reading letters alongside a diverse array of world class performers, including luminaries from the stage, screen, music, art and literary worlds. The extraordinary line up included Tom Hiddleston, Toby Jones, Dominic West, Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Ben Kingsley, Kylie Minogue, Russell Brand and Andrew Scott to name but a few. Live music was also provided by the likes of Tom Odell.
Inspired by Letters of Note, the bestselling anthology compiled by Shaun Usher, and To the Letter by Simon Garfield, Letters Live is a series of curated, live events that celebrate the enduring power of literary correspondence.
Apart from reading with Louise Brealey the beautiful correspondence between Chris Barker and Bessie Moore (which can be found in Simon Garfield’s book My Dear Bessie) Benedict also read a letter from Basil Rathbone to his parents mourning the loss of his brother in WWI, a letter from Lion Feuchtwanger (a Jew who escaped Nazi Germany to the current occupier of his house), a letter from Alan Turing to the mother of his beloved friend Christopher Morcon, Kurt Cobain’s suicide note, a letter from screenwriter Robert Pirosh and many more.