Benedict Cumberbatch on the explosive power of letters: ‘They’re grenades!’
Noel Fielding, Thom Yorke and Cumberbatch tell us why they love Letters Live, the performances of correspondence where anything can happen
Its a blustery Saturday night and around 900 people are lined up to go to church. The faithful have come to the Union Chapel, in Islington, London, to receive wisdom from those stepping up to the pulpit a lineup that tonight includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Noel Fielding, Juliet Stevenson and Thom Yorke. Letters Live, a celebration of literary correspondence, has always looked a little odd on paper since it began in 2013. After all, who wants to spend a night out having letters read to them by a bunch of actors and musicians, whose identities are not revealed in advance?
When you first hear the idea it doesnt quite sing, but do it once and you are smitten, says Cumberbatch, who was so smitten he became a producer and now helps shape the shows. Everyone we ask says theyd do it again in a heartbeat. And we just hope it is the same for the audience.
Jamie Byng adds gleefully: When I told Toby Jones about the concept, he said, Whats so fucking exciting about reading letters? Now he loves it! Hes proselytising! It helps that Byng, as the head of Canongate, can just call up Toby Jones or, as he did for the first ever event, Nick Cave. Now the show that was once a book Shaun Ushers Letters of Note, which in turn grew from his hugely popular website recently sold out three gigs in less than an hour, a feat totalling 2,500 tickets. And today, it has announced its biggest ever venue: the Royal Albert Hall.
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