Past event

Letters Live at the Royal Albert Hall 2022

28 October 2022

Letters Live is back at the Royal Albert Hall for the third time this autumn.


Letters Live is an unmissable celebration of the power of literary correspondence. Each show stars a completely different array of world class performers, reading remarkable letters written over the centuries and from around the world.


One of the joys of Letters Live is that you never know who will take to the stage or what letter they will bring to life. The result is a glorious event like no other and a journey through time that is, by turns, heart-breaking, hilarious and powerful.


The previous two Letters Live shows at the Royal Albert Hall saw talent such as Gillian Anderson, Olivia Colman, Taika Waititi, Brian Cox, Benedict Cumberbatch, Thom Yorke, Jude Law, Stephen Fry, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Florence Welch and Laura Mvula grace the stage, to name just a few.


Join us this October to see who else will tread the boards – it’s guaranteed to be an unforgettable evening.


Thursday 27th October
Tony Robinson


My Dear Ada

Lewis Carroll to Adelaide Paine


O, Excellent Air-Bag!

Robert Southey to Tom Southey


Jordan Stephens


Thank you and I hope you choke

Beatles Fan to Nike


A static present, surrounded by a wall of anxiety

Fernando Pessoa Mario de Sa-Carneiro


Salena Godden


Fortunately, I had my new radio

Mary Grant A. Walker


Louise Brealey


I shall always be with you

Milada Horakova to her daughter


Such bosh

Jessica Mitford Maya Angelou


Jess Philips


A dangerous cult now runs Britain

Tony Mabbott to the Guardian


Ought women not to be abolished altogether?

Clementine Churchill to The Times


Benedict Cumberbatch


Honestly, I am embarrassed just writing this letter

Andrew Forrester, an open letter


It would be easier and pleasanter to drown myselfGeorge Bernard Shaw Various


Kit Harington


I cannot envisage a life without loving you

John Berryman to Chris Haynes


I have had my eye on you

Simon Fallowfield Mary Foster Kit Harington


Clarke Peters


There is a singular and perpetual charm in a letter of yours

Thomas Bailey Aldrich to Edward S. Morse


Denise Gough


The loss of you lingers

Karin Cook to Joan Cook Carpenter


I want to love first, and live incidentally

Zelda Sayre to F. Scott Fitzgerald


Miriam Margolyes


The loss of you lingers

Queen Victoria to Princess Victoria


I am going to put you to a test

Ayn Rand  to her niece



Benedict Cumberbatch


Let’s hope it wasn’t all just a bit too late

Ted Hughes to Nicholas Hughes


Himesh Patel


I don’t want to be alone

Rupert Brooke to Cathleen Nesbitt


I am unable to accept your rejection at this time

Paul Devlin to Various colleges



Miriam Margolyes and Clarke Peters

The thermometer will burst

Anais Nin and Henry Miller


John Kerry


Wind the clock

E. B. White to Mr. Nadeau




Tom Odell

Just Another Thing That We Don’t Talk About


Max Richter



Lisa from Ibeyi