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Thursday 28 February 2019

Letters That Changed The World

Art &
Culture

Nothing beats the immediacy and authenticity of a letter. Letters grant us a glimpse into fascinating lives, whether through the eyes of a genius, a monster or of an ordinary person. Letters also resonate, often many years later, with people who were never meant to see them. They allow us to travel through time and space to share the thoughts of men and women from places, eras and cultures quite different from our own.

Following on from Intelligence Squared’s acclaimed events on great speeches and poetry, when Carey Mulligan, Simon Russell Beale, Helena Bonham Carter and other stars took to our stage, we now present Letters That Changed The World, based on award-winning historian Simon Sebag Montefiore’s new book Written in History: Letters that Changed the World. Joining him on stage will be No 1 bestselling novelist Kate Mosse. Together they will discuss letters by Michelangelo, Catherine the Great, Sarah Bernhardt, Nelson Mandela, Virginia Woolf, Alan Turing and Leonard Cohen. Some are inspiring, some unsettling, others express foreboding and despair. Many celebrate love and sex.

A cast of performers, including Young Vic director Kwame Kwei-Armah, Natalie Emmanuel from Game of Thrones, and West End star Tamsin Greig, will bring the letters to life on stage. Join us on February 28th and discover the bravery, beauty and visceral immediacy in these letters.

Event Name

Letters That Changed The World


Choose Tickets

Speakers
  • Kate Mosse

    International bestselling author

  • Simon Sebag Montefiore

    Prizewinning historian and novelist

Chair
  • Razia Iqbal

    BBC journalist and broadcaster

Actors
  • Nathalie Emmanuel

    One of Hollywood’s most sought after English actors

  • Tamsin Greig

    Award-winning actor widely acclaimed for her stage performances

  • Kwame Kwei-Armah

    Artistic director of the Young Vic theatre

Remaining actor to be announced.

 

Please note: actors may be subject to change


Location
  • Emmanuel Centre
  • 9-23 Marsham Street
  • London
  • SW1P 3DW
Time
  • Thursday 28 February 2019
  • 7pm to 8:30pm



Speakers

Speakers

Kate Mosse

International bestselling author


International bestselling author, best known for her multimillion-selling Languedoc Trilogy – Labyrinth, Sepulchre and Citadel – and for her gothic fiction, including The Winter Ghosts and The Taxidermist’s Daughter, which she is adapting for the stage. Her latest novel is The Burning Chambers, the first in an epic historical adventure series. Non-fiction titles include The House: Behind the Scenes at the Royal Opera House and Chichester Festival Theatre at Fifty. She has also written four plays and is curating a collection of short stories inspired by Wuthering Heights to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Emily Brontë’s birth in 2018. She is the Founder Director of the Women’s Prize for Fiction and Deputy Chair of the Royal National Theatre.

Simon Sebag Montefiore

Prizewinning historian and novelist


Prizewinning historian and novelist whose bestselling books have been published in over 48 languages and are being developed for the screen by producers such as Angelina Jolie, Lionsgate, Universal, Netflix, 21st Century Fox and FilmFour. He is the author of the Moscow Trilogy of novels, and has won prizes for both fiction and non-fiction. He has sold several original ideas to be developed as drama series or movies. Catherine the Great and Potemkin was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and is being developed as a feature film by Angelina Jolie. Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar won the British Book Awards in History.
Chair

Razia Iqbal

BBC journalist and broadcaster


One of the main presenters of Newshour, the flagship international news and current affairs programme on BBC World Service radio. She also regularly presents The World Tonight on Radio 4.
Actors

Nathalie Emmanuel

One of Hollywood’s most sought after English actors


One of Hollywood’s most sought after English actors. She plays the role of Missandei in the acclaimed HBO series Game of Thrones. She is currently shooting for Hulu’s forthcoming miniseries Four Weddings and a Funeral, based on the 1994 film, before she reprises her role of Ramsey in the next instalment of Fast and Furious.

Tamsin Greig

Award-winning actor widely acclaimed for her stage performances


Award-winning actor widely acclaimed for her stage performances, perhaps most notably playing the role of Malvolia in the National Theatre’s 2017 production of Twelfth Night. Her television roles include Green Wing and Episodes, and on film she has starred in Tamara Drewe and The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Kwame Kwei-Armah

Artistic director of the Young Vic theatre


Artistic director of the Young Vic theatre. He is also an actor, playwright, singer and broadcaster. His plays include the award-winning Elmina’s Kitchen, which transferred from the National to the Garrick Theatre in 2005. His series of eight 15-minute films, Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle, will be shown on BBC4 in February this year.

Remaining actor to be announced.

 

Please note: actors may be subject to change