Simon Callow is taking on Christopher Hampton’s celebrated comedy The Philanthropist starring Matt Berry

Matt Berry, best known for the IT Crowd and Toast of London will lead the cast alongside Simon Bird (The Inbetweeners), former supermodel Lily Cole, Charlotte Ritchie (Call The Midwife, Fresh Meat) and Tom Rosenthal (Friday Night Dinner).

Premiering at the Royal Court Theatre in 1970, The Philanthropist – Christopher Hampton’s most celebrated play – is a biting ‘bourgeois comedy’ and a fiendishly clever inversion of Moliere’s ‘The Misanthrope’.

Simon Callow directs the production which will play a limited season from April 2017 at Trafalgar Studios.

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Callow said  “When Christopher Hampton’s The Philanthropist first burst onto the world, he was 23; the play was really about his contemporaries, but neither then, nor ever since, has it been cast at the right age. I’m very excited, not only to be doing the play, which I think one of the funniest, sharpest plays in the English language, but to be doing it with a group of brilliantly witty and original young actors who will reveal the play as it’s never been seen before”.

The Philanthropist will run from 3 April 2017 until 20 July 2017 at Trafalgar Studios.