Unsent Letters: A Live Performance

By on March 22, 2019

Harriet Walter and Tuppence Middleton are just two of the stars joining us to read the letters left unsent by history’s greatest figures – from delicious tirades to tender words of love.

Fans of Letters of Note or Written in History should not miss this utterly unique and illuminating occasion as we bring history – and the history that was – to life.

In this mesmerising evening, special guest actors will join editor Caroline Atkins to read history’s most revealing, powerful and thought-provoking letters left unsent — from Beethoven to Van Gogh, Virginia Woolf to Iris Murdoch, George III to JFK. Some were written out of an alcoholic haze, others bashed out by writers too hot-tempered to check either the sense or the spelling. Many provoked trouble or revealed too much. One may have started a nuclear war.

Join us for a rich pageantry of human drama, brought to life by the stars of stage and screen.


Tuppence Middleton
Tuppence Middleton has appeared in feature films such as Tormented (2009), Chatroom (2010), Cleanskin (2012), Trance (2013), The Lady Vanishes (2013), The Imitation Game (2014), and Jupiter Ascending (2015), as well as in television series such as Bones (2008), New Tricks (2010), Friday Night Dinner (2011), Sinbad (2012), Spies of Warsaw (2013), Black Mirror (2013), and Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams (2017).

She starred in two British period dramas screened around the same time, Dickensian (2015-16), playing Miss Havisham, and War & Peace (2016), in which she played Russian princess and villain Hélène Kuragina.

Harriet Walter
Since training at LAMDA, Harriet Walter has worked extensively in theatre, television, film and radio. Most recently she was Livia in Women Beware Women at the Olivier NT. She is an associate artist with the RSC, where she played Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra alongside Patrick Stewart, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Lady Macbeth opposite Anthony Sher, The Duchess of Malfi, All’s Well That Ends Well (with Peggy Ashcroft) Twelfth Night and Three Sisters (winning an Olivier award for the last two). Harriet played Elizabeth Ist in Mary Stuart (Donmar, West End) for which she won the Evening Standard Award and was nominated for a Tony Award for the Broadway transfer. Earlier theatre credits include Dinner, The Children’s Hour and Arcadia all at the NT and Three Birds Alighting on a Field, Cloud Nine, Hamlet and The Seagull all at the Royal Court.

Film credits include The Young Victoria (Queen Adelaide) Atonement, Bright Young Things, Sese and Sensibility and Louis Malle’s Milou et Mai.

She has published three books: Other People’s Shoes and Macbeth for the Faber series ‘Actors on Shakespeare’ & Facing It.

She was appointed a CBE in 2000 and DBE in the Honours List 2011

Nina Toussaint White
Since completing her training at Italia Conti Nina Toussaint White has been a regular on our television screens, most recently as DS Louise Rayburn in the award winning BBC and Netflix series, Bodyguard. She plays the lead role of Kate Hatfield in upcoming social-media infused sci-fi psychological drama The Feed (Amazon).

She has also featured in Emmerdale (ITV), and had regular roles in Eastenders (BBC), Gameface (E4), S*Witch (ITV2) and three series of Uncle (BBC3).

Theatre includes roles such as Jane in The Libertine (Theatre Royal Bath and Haymarket) and Susan in the European premiere of David Mamet’s Race (Hampstead Theatre).

She was Nominated for Best Performance in a Musical at the UK Theatre Awards 2016 for The Etienne Sisters at Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Caroline Atkins
Caroline Atkins is a writer, editor and journalist, the author of several books on interior design and a contributor to publications such as Country Living, House Beautiful and the Mail on Sunday’s YOU magazine.

Her latest book is What a Hazard a Letter is: The Strange Destiny of the Unsent Letter (Safe Haven Books), which explores the intriguing stories of letters – from literature and from real life – that for various reasons never quite reached their destination.

Hannah MacInnes
Hannah is a regular interviewer for the How to Academy and at other major literary festivals and events, chairing interviews, panels and debates across a wide range of subjects and current issues.

Before going Freelance she worked for over 7 years at BBC Newsnight, as Planning Editor and as a Producer / Filmmaker.

She also curates and runs other spoken word events in London and has written for the Radio Times, the Evening Standard and TLS.

Unsent Letters: A Live Performance can be seen at The Tabernacle on Thursday 28th of March 2019.

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