Letters Live Benefiting 826LA Celebrates the Power of Words with Famous Friends

On February 26, Net-a-Porter and Mr. Porter hosted the U.K.-based show Letters Live for its first-ever U.S. performance at the Theatre at Ace Hotel benefiting 826LA and Women for Women International.

Letters Live is a celebration of the long-lost art of letter writing. First started in the U.K. in 2013, Letters Live was inspired by Shaun Usher’s best-selling Letters of Note series, enlisting celebrities and people of note to perform correspondence aloud to a literary-loving audience.

One by one, celebrities like Jake Gyllenhaal, Catherine Keener, Aisha Tyler, James Corden, and Mark Hamill took to the stage Monday night, performing letters written through the ages. The event beautifully juxtaposed comedic letters like a woman’s hilarious complaint letter to an airline for placing her at a seat right by the airplane bathroom, read by Isla Fisher, with heart-wrenching letters like a husband’s love letter to his deceased wife of two years, read by Gyllenhaal. “I love you so that you stand in my way of loving anyone else,” Gyllenhaal read. “But I want you to stand there. You, dead, are so much better than anyone else alive.”

The evening also included live performances by longtime 826LA volunteer Benjamin Booker, Reggie Watts, and Benjamin Clementine.

826LA would like to thank Letters Live, Net-a-Porter, Mr. Porter, Aisha Tyler, Catherine Keener, Ian McShane, Stephen Fry, Anjelica Huston, Jake Gyllenhaal, James Corden, Mark Hamill, Isla Fisher, Shirley Manson, Annabelle Wallis, Jarvis Cocker, Benjamin Booker, Reggie Watts, Benjamin Clementine, and everyone who came out to support the power of words and 826LA!


Los Angeles Times “Jake Gyllenhaal, James Corden draw crowds at first public U.S. Letters Live show in L.A.”
Mr. Porter “Last Night We Celebrated the Art of Letter Writing”
Variety “Jake Gyllenhaal, Anjelica Huston Help Bring Letters Live to U.S.”
Hollywood Reporter “Jake Gyllenhaal, James Corden, Mark Hamill to Headline Net-a-Porter’s “Letters Live” L.A. Event”
Just Jared “Jake Gyllenhaal, Isla Fisher & More Take Part in First Public U.S. Performance of ‘Letters Live’!”
We Like L.A. “‘Letters Live’ at The Theatre at Ace Hotel with Anjelica Huston, James Corden, Shirley Manson & More”
Time Out “The three things you need to know today in Los Angeles: Mon, Feb 26”
WWD “Jake Gyllenhaal, James Corden Draw Crowds at First Public U.S. Letters Live Show in L.A.”

Photos courtesy of Mr Matt Winkelmeyer, Getty Images for NET-A-PORTER, Rob Latour, WWD, REX, Shutterstock.

Interested in learning more about 826LA’s special events? Check out our upcoming annual event Tell Me a Story: Untold Stories of Los Angeles on June 6, 2018 in DTLA.

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