On ‘Letters Live’

Dear friends,

I have to write very briefly about the best evening of entertainment I’ve had in my life so far.

Completely by chance, and I am afraid to say, news of the fire in Holborn, I found out about the performance of ‘Letters Live’ in Freemasons Hall.

I saw Benedict Cumberbatch, Louise Brealey, Tom Hiddleston, Kylie Minogue, Matt Berry, to name a few. All about 3 metres away from me. But being starstruck didn’t last very long. It was the most intimate venue and they read the most intimate letters – by the second act, I felt so close to every single person there. Letters they read varied from very funny, such as a letter from Elvis Presley to Nixon, to heart-breaking, such as a letter written by a man, who was just sold to slavery, to his wife. Benedict Cumberbatch read Kurt Cobain’s last letter in such a way that no one in the audience remained tearless.

World class performers, an excellent collection of letters, almost a family atmosphere all made this an evening I will never ever forget. I was reminded of how precious letters are. I write some to my friend in Germany but I absolutely must write more.

Can’t write anymore now, I am far far too excited!

Olga

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2 Responses to “On ‘Letters Live’”

  1. Peter Says:

    A lovely write-up. I was also there but, as a Kylie fan, remained starstruck and failed to note what she read. Any chance you remember ?

  2. olgaivannikova Says:

    Thanks Peter! She read a love letter from Zelda Fitzgerald to Scot Fitzgerald and a letter from Nick Cave to MTV requesting that he is withdrawn from an award nomination. A great evening!

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