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.
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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 Manhattan’s Town Hall from May 18th to 19th.
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This isn’t Cumberbatch’s first time working with Letters Live, and he certainly isn’t the only one. Since it began in 2013, stars like Jake Gyllenhaal, Russell Brand, Mary J. Blige, and many, many more have graced the event. Check out Entertainment Weekly here to get tickets to this historical production!
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 – the entire performance streamed online on the Almeida’s website for viewers around the world. That helped the reading go viral, and by the end of the event, #iliad was trending on Twitter worldwide.
I should be making my way to work right now, but it would be wrong to leave whilst Simon Russell Beale reads #Iliad at @BritishMuseum.
All of this took place on Friday, so the reading has already wrapped up. But don’t fret if you missed it! The Almeida Theatre has already announced that the whole performance will be released as a podcast shortly. There will also be a “making of” film, as well as interviews with some of the readers about the day’s events. Keep your eye on their website for the podcast’s release and any further updates!