Some of the most memorable Tweets ever written will be celebrated like never before in a spectacular gala event at the Royal Albert Hall.
Tweets Live, which comes to the venue in November, will feature recreations of some of Twitter’s greatest 140-character statements with live orchestral and emojial accompaniment, as audience members get the chance to like or retweet their favourites using coloured cards on their seats.
Andrew O’Pallifor, Chief Executive at the Royal Albert Hall
The evening will kick off with an emotional reading of the first ever Tweet, composed by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, and performed by actor Toby Jones:
just setting up my twttr— jack (@jack) March 21, 2006
Then it’s unforgettable Tweets all the way, from Harry Styles commenting on the infamous ‘oat in his throat’ incident, to Gerry Adams sharing his thoughts on Shrek, and a popular Tweet from US politician Barack Obama hugging what is widely believed to be his wife. A whole host of famous faces are already lined up to perform, including Richard Gere, Richard Herring and Richard Osman.
The Hall is particularly happy to welcome back Sir Michael Caine, who will be joined by a string quartet to perform his 2012 classic:
Ed Balls Day founder Ed Balls will also take to the world’s most famous stage to read ‘Ed Balls’, the widely-shared Tweet composed by Ed Balls, which inspired the first ever Ed Balls Day:
Ed Balls— Ed Balls (@edballs) 28 April 2011
In total, 140 famous figures will grace the Hall across two hours, including the likes of Zoella, Gary Lineker, Dan Hodges, Kendall Jenner and Adebayo Akinfenwa, with the Milton Keynes Philharmonic providing unavoidable accompaniment throughout.
On the ambitious line-up, Hall chief O’Pallifor said ‘The size of the cast list might seem a bit like overkill – it could actually detract from how enjoyable the evening is and will certainly create some crowded dressing rooms, but it really helps us to publicise the event in advance.’ He added that, despite the stellar cast list, ‘of course not all the highest-profile tweeters will be able to take part, as some of them are busy in their new jobs. Sad!’
The show will end with a climactic ‘Twitterstorm’, where audience members will join together to post the exact same tweet on a pressing political issue.
The event follows the Royal Albert Hall’s ill-fated MySpace, MyHall event in 2011, which was famously hacked, resulting in Lily Allen’s backing track being replaced by the Russian national anthem.
Tickets for this special one-off event, priced of course at £140, go on sale at 12pm today, Saturday 1 April.