Gillian Anderson, Louise Brealey, Toby Jones and Michael Palin among 2016 Letters Live line up

They will be reading tragic, funny, and intimate letters of the past

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Letters Live returns this October to pull on our heart strings and tickle our sides with another star-studded, eclectic line up.

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Hosted at the Freemasons’ Hall in London, Letters Live is a celebration of handwritten correspondence, with celebrities from all corners of the arts and culture world giving dramatic readings.

In the past, the letters have covered everything from love and loss to humorous and revealing tales, written by everyone from David Bowie and Elvis Presley to a Lockerbie family who wrote to the relatives of a victim whose body landed in their farm. 

Each show’s line up is top secret until curtain call, but some of the talent for this year’s events has been revealed.

Actors Gillian Anderson (The Fall), Louise Brealey (Sherlock), Toby Jones and Juliet Stevenson will be joined by comedians Michael Palin, John Bishop, and musicians Jamie Cullum and Jarvis Cocker, among many more.

Letters Live was launched in 2013, and readers of past years have included Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston to name a few.

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Buy tickets for Letters Live, which runs from 4-8 October, here