Monday, 7 December 2015

LETTERS LIVE 2016



One of the highlights of 2015, and indeed my life, was the Letters Live run at Freemasons' Hall in London earlier this year -- a magical period during which a selection of letters from Letters of Note, More Letters of Note, and My Dear Bessie were performed in front of thousands of enthusiastic audience members, in a venue like no other, by such talents as Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliet Stevenson, Ian McKellen, Kylie Minogue, Russell Brand, Clarke Peters, Caitlin Moran, Matt Berry, Louise Brealey, Colin Salmon, Ellie Bamber, Tom Hiddleston, Sally Hawkins, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Sir Ben Kingsley, and many more, with music from Tom Odell, Natalie Clein and Kelvin Jones. Each and every night was an enormous success and the short video above will give you some idea of the emotion felt in that room. It was truly special.

Well, I am incredibly pleased to say that we are returning to Freemasons Hall from 10th-15th March 2016 for another week of unique shows that will again feature an ever-changing cast to surprise and delight. We are also, for the first time, putting on a family-friendly matinee show on Saturday 12th March. To coincide with this announcement, and because today is National Letter Writing Day, and because we're feeling festive, we've asked a few people of note to write letters to Father Christmas. You can see some of their handwritten letters to Santa over at the newly-decorated Letters Live website; more, from people such as Thom Yorke and Annie Lennox, will be added in the coming days and weeks. Also on the Letters Live website can be found information relating to the March event (tickets go on sale at 10am this morning) and details of the literacy charities these shows continue to support. Plus, you will find new footage of readings from 2015's Freemasons' run, including a beautiful love letter read by Tom Hiddleston.

That's all for now. Hopefully I'll see you in London in a few months. In the meantime, please don't ruin Christmas by forgetting to give everyone copies of Letters of Note and More Letters of Note. I just couldn't bear it.