Artwork for The Philanthropist starring Charlotte Richie, Matt Berry, Tom Rosenthal, Simon Bird and Lily Cole

The Philanthropist at Trafalgar Studios

Trafalgar Studio One, London

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The Philanthropist at Trafalgar Studios

Simon Callow directs a new production of Oscar® winner Christopher Hampton’s most celebrated play, The Philanthropist, starring Matt Berry, Simon Bird, Lily Cole, Charlotte Ritchie and Tom Rosenthal.

This classic hit comedy features some of today’s best young comedic actors playing the roles at the age Christopher Hampton first intended.

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

STORY

Set in a fictitious English University town, the play follows 24 hours in the lives of a group of young academics.

The action unfolds in the rooms of Philip (Simon Bird), the university’s cosseted and floundering professor of philology, for whom solace and certitude exist in complex wordplay.

Out in the ‘real world’ the Prime Minister and his cabinet have been assassinated and England’s most treasured writers are being murdered one by one! Back in the cosy bubble of university life, the bachelor don anguishes over sex, marriage, anagrams and the meaning of life. Did someone suggest academics were ‘out of touch’?

When Philip hosts a dinner party, joined by his stylish and perceptive fiancée Celia (Charlotte Ritchie), his worldlier best friend Donald (Tom Rosenthal), the seductive Araminta (Lily Cole), and the wealthy and egomaniacal novelist Braham (Matt Berry), the evening sets off a chain of events which puncture the rarefied and cerebral world they inhabit.

CAST

The cast features Matt Berry (The IT Crowd, Toast of London), Simon Bird (The Inbetweeners), Lily Cole (St Trinian’s), Charlotte Ritchie (Call The Midwife, Fresh Meat) and Tom Rosenthal (Friday Night Dinner)

CREATIVE

Written by Christopher Hampton. Directed by Simon Callow.

REVIEWS

★★★★ Simon Bi – Daily Telegraph


Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 22 July 2017

Venue Information

Trafalgar Studio One, 14 Whitehall, London, London, SW1A 2DY
Nearest Tube or Train: Charing Cross (Northern line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: 3, 9, 11, 12, 24, 29, 53, 77A, 88, 153, 159
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The Philanthropist starring Charlotte Richie, Matt Berry, Tom Rosenthal, Simon Bird and Lily Cole ">
Matt Berry heads up the cast of The Philanthropist

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.

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