Small-scale theatre isn’t just for the rich | Brief letters

Brighton festival | Languages of empire | Frictionless trading | Music’s purpose | From Paris by Morris?

Perhaps your wealth correspondent (Theatre in your bedroom – at a cost, 28 July) should meet your arts team? Intimate and often challenging location-specific theatre is not just for the very rich. Brighton festival, among others, commissions just such companies to perform for us all, every year, at very reasonable ticket prices thanks to the Arts Council England and sponsors. The Guardian has been a valued media partner.
Pam Alexander
London

• Jacob Mikanowski’s article (How the English language is taking over the planet, 27 July) reminded me of the saying attributed to Charles V, the 16th-century holy Roman emperor: “I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men, and German to my horse.”
Elizabeth Manning
Malvern, Worcestershire

• Frictionless trading after Brexit? On Saturday a Sainsbury’s cashier accidentally double-scanned my Guardian. It took five minutes and three staff members to enact the computerised process of returning £2.90 in cash – and there wasn’t even a border to cross.
Val Seddon 
York

• So the fundamental purpose of music is to entertain (Letters, 28 July)? And there was I thinking that it is an attempt to communicate how it feels to be human, in a language beyond words.
Rosemary Firman
Kingstone, Herefordshire

• Joigny three hours from Paris (Benalla scandal: Voters’ concerns about Macron start to crystallise, 27 July)? It’s only 150km. How do they commute, by Morris Minor?
Brian Smith
Berlin, Germany

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