Jarvis Cocker, Benedict Cumberbatch and Caitlin Moran to appear at ‘Letters Live’ in London

The London event focuses on letters as a literary art form

A broad range of stars are set to appear at ‘Letters of Note’, a seven-show London literary event which will feature famous names reading from important letters, both new and old.

The event is described as “Inspired by Shaun Usher’s international best-selling ‘Letters of Note’ series and Simon Garfield’s ‘To the Letter'”, and sold out its entire run in 2015.

“Letters Live is a live celebration of the enduring power of literary correspondence,” we’re told. “Each show always features a completely different array of great performers, reading remarkable letters written over the centuries and from around the world.”


Taking place from March 10 to March 15 at the Freemason’s Hall in central London, the event is set to feature Pulp man Jarvis Cocker, Gillian Anderson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Caitlin Moran, Ian McKellan, Matt Berry and John Bishop (the full line-up to date is on the website here).

While details of the letters involved aren’t released in advance, last year’s event featured the correspondence of David Bowie, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Janis Joplin, Kurt Vonnegut, Che Guevara and Elvis Presley, amongst many, many more.


Gillian Anderson said: “I am delighted to return to the Letters Live stage; these remarkable letters are truly deserving of a wider audience and the range of emotions that bubble up at these shows is a pleasure to witness. The secrecy surrounding each night’s cast adds to the fact that every performance is a unique event. From what I know so far, this run promises to be the most exciting yet – and with the support of such deserving literacy charities at its heart, what’s not to love?”

Benedict Cumberbatch said: “Letters Live makes us pause and imagine the lives behind letters and the circumstances of their origin. Letters are windows into the love, beauty, pain, and humour of their creators and recipients. It’s a privilege to read this most ancient of communications live to an audience and it’s a truly inspiring event to be a part of.”

Tickets are priced at £35 to £75, plus booking fee.