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Talk about a star-studded stateside welcome.
For its first-ever U.S. event, Letters Live — a literary program launched in the U.K. which enlists A-list talent to read and perform correspondence from iconic historical figures — has recruited the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal, Anjelica Huston, James Corden and Minnie Driver to star in its upcoming show in Los Angeles in partnership with Net-a-Porter and Mr. Porter.
The best part — the show is open to the public, and tickets ($50-$200) can be purchased online now. Net proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to women’s charities 826LA, an organization dedicated to supporting students with creative and expository writing skills, and Women for Women International, a charity which supports women survivors of war living in some of the world’s most dangerous places to rebuild their lives and inspire hope for the future.
Taking place at the Theatre at Ace Hotel on Feb. 26, the Letters Live program will also feature actors Stephen Fry, Catherine Keener, Mark Hamill, Jarvis Cocker, Shirley Manson, Ian McShane and Annabelle Wallis performing dramatic reenactments letters from a range of historical periods.
“We’re very excited about our first public performance of Letters Live in Los Angeles and are delighted to be presenting it in partnership with Net-a-Porter and Mr Porter,” said Letters Live founder Jamie Byng. “Letters Live is a unique entertainment experience, one which combines great talent, remarkable letters and awareness for important local and global charity work, all culminating in unforgettable evenings that celebrate the humble letter and its immense power.”
Past performers have included Tom Hiddleston, Jude Law, Sally Hawkins and other It-Brits, who read letters written by notables you may have heard of like David Bowie and Mohandas Gandhi. From Elvis Presley and Janis Joplin to Charlotte Bronte and Abraham Lincoln, the diverse authors make for a surely entertaining evening.
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