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Minnie Driver, Stephen Fry to read letters live

Benedict Cumberbatch poses Oct. 18, 2016, at The Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Cumberbatch is producing “Letters Live,” where actors will recite letters to a live audience Feb. 26, 2018 at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. (Chris Pizzello / Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Benedict Cumberbatch poses Oct. 18, 2016, at The Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Cumberbatch is producing “Letters Live,” where actors will recite letters to a live audience Feb. 26, 2018 at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. (Chris Pizzello / Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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NEW YORK – The theatrical event in which famous actors and musicians read out memorable real letters from history is coming to America with such celebrities as Minnie Driver, Stephen Fry, Jake Gyllenhaal and Mark Hamill.

Letters Live will make its U.S. debut Feb. 26 at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. Ticket prices range from $50 to $200, with all profits going to charities.

Others slated to appear include Jarvis Cocker, James Corden, Anjelica Huston, Catherine Keener, Shirley Manson, Ian McShane and Annabelle Wallis.

Benedict Cumberbatch, who is a producer, says the letters are “windows into the love, beauty, pain and humor of their creators and recipients.”

The event started in London in 2013, inspired by Shaun Usher’s bestselling “Letters of Note” series and Simon Garfield’s “To the Letter.”

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