Actor Benedict Cumberbatch is among a host of stars to appear at this year's Hay Festival which is staging in-person events for the first time since 2019. The Powys town's cultural festival held events online during the pandemic. Cumberbatch and other stars are to take to the stage in aid of an appeal following the war in Ukraine.
Visitors will be able to watch the likes of Hollywood stars Damian Lewis and Benedict Cumberbatch as Lewis takes part in an afternoon of poetry alongside Stephen Fry, David Harewood and Lemn Sissay, while Doctor Strange star Cumberbatch will lead an all-star cast (yet to be announced) at a Letters Live event.
Hay has also teamed up with Letters Live again, which runs events where remarkable letters from history are read by a diverse array of performers. Benedict Cumberbatch will be leading the all-star cast of readers to raise money for the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.
Letters Live 1 Saturday 4 June 2022, 7pm Baillie Gifford Stage
Join Benedict Cumberbatch and friends as the hugely popular all-star show returns for the sixth year to Hay Festival and in aid of the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. A celebration of the enduring power of literary correspondence, Letters Live sees a diverse array of outstanding performers read remarkable letters, inspired by and often drawn from Shaun Usher’s bestselling Letters of Note anthologies. The full cast will be kept under wraps until the performance.
All ticket sales from this event go to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. If you cannot attend in person, you can register for the fundraising live stream
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Bah! Typical. The year I went, 20018, is about the only year in recent times Letters Live wasn’t there. Oh well I still enjoyed it. I thoroughly recommend The Hay Festival as a “bucket list” experience. Only thing is, if you want to stay nearby you need to book your accommodation about two years in advance. I’m not exaggerating.