Benedict Cumberbatch to read emotional historical letters at literary event

Tuesday March 31, 2015

Benedict Cumberbatch recently gave an emotional reading of a poem at the reburial of King Richard III, his distant cousin, and the Sherlock star will once again be taking to the podium, this time as part of literary event Letters Live.

For five nights, kicking off on Tuesday, Benedict will be joined by the likes of Louise Brealey, Olivia Colman, Joanne Froggatt, Tom Sturridge and Caitlin Moran to read letters penned by some of the world's biggest personalities.

Letters will include the Queen sharing recipes with President Eisenhower, Elvis Presley's message to President Nixon, Virginia Woolf's heart-breaking suicide note and even a job application from Leonardo Da Vinci.

"Letters Live makes us pause and imagine the lives behind the letters read and the circumstances of their origin," said Benedict in a statement. "The relationship between the audience, reader and writer on a Letters Live night helps deepen our understanding of these inspiring artefacts of the human condition.

"They 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."

For tickets head to Ticketmaster.co.uk
 

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