Sunday, March 8, 2015

Benedict Cumberbatch and Louise Brealey for Letters Live 2015

By Bea MitchellSaturday, Mar 7 2015, 8:49pm EST

Benedict Cumberbatch and his Sherlock co-star Louise Brealey will take part in the new series of Letters Live, celebrating literary correspondence over the centuries.

Inspired by the books Letters of Note, compiled by Shaun Usher, and To the Letter by Simon Garfield, Letters Live returns to London from March 31 until April 4.

Cumberbatch said: "Letters Live makes us pause and imagine the lives behind the letters read and the circumstances of their origin.

"It's a privilege to read this most ancient of communications live to an audience."

Brealey and Cumberbatch will be reading letters alongside various other performers from the stage, screen, music, art and literary worlds.

"Standing up there and speaking words written during the Second World War by Bessie Moore - words that were not meant to be spoken aloud even to her lover - is an electrifying privilege," said Brealey.

The letters include Gandhi's appeal to Hitler for calm on the eve of World War II and Virginia Woolf's suicide letter.

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