Benedict Cumberbatch And Other Notable Stars to Perform Historic Letters, Live!

Benedict Cumberbatch And Other Notable Stars to Perform Historic Letters, Live!

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I love when celebrities get involved with outside projects other than movies and acting gigs. Something about two worlds coming together just makes me happy. Now, we’re getting performance art meets written word.    Image Via Nerdist   The Oscar-nominated Sherlock Holmes actor Benedict Cumberbatch has been announced as one of the first celebs recruited to be part of New York’s debut showing of Letters Live. Originating in London as a live production, the show puts celebs together with beautiful letters from other well-known names. The words of Tom Hanks, Mohandas Gandhi, Davie Bowie, and more will be read by Cumberbatch at …

Homer’s “Iliad” Gets an Epic 16-Hour Marathon Reading

Homer’s “Iliad” Gets an Epic 16-Hour Marathon Reading

Homer’s Iliad is an epic poem. Now, thanks to the British Museum and London’s Almeida Theatre, it has enjoyed the epic reading that it deserves. The two cultural institutions got together for a 16-hour marathon reading of the Greek classic this past Friday. The work was read in its entirety by popular local actors, including Sinéad Cusack, Mark Gatiss, Rory Kinnear, Simon Russell Beale, and Ben Whishaw. The performance started in the British Museum and moved to the Almeida in the evening. All told, the epic poem took about 16 hours to read! The reading wasn’t just for Londoners, though – …