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The Philanthropist,
Trafalgar Studios

The Philanthropist Overview

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, a bachelor don anguishes over sex, marriage, anagrams, and the meaning of life. Did someone suggest academics were ‘out of touch’?

Christopher Hampton's most celebrated hit play returns to the West End.  Simon Callow’s new production stars:  Matt Berry (The IT Crowd, Toast of London), Simon Bird(The Inbetweeners, Friday Night Dinner), Lily Cole (Ab Fab The Movie), Charlotte Ritchie(Call the Midwife ) and Tom Rosenthal (Friday Night Dinner).

‘Christopher Hampton’s finest play’
Evening Standard

‘A gloriously, gloriously funny play'
Sunday Times   

This production features the firing of a gun and a loud gunshot.

Lily Cole will not be performing at the matinee performance ONLY on Thursday 1st June due to a pre-arranged event.

‘Simon Bird and Lily Cole are a treat in this intellectually witty, emotionally acute tragi-comedy’
Daily Telegraph

‘Simon Bird is hilarious as he leads a stellar comic cast’
Radio Times

‘Biting satire’
The Week

‘A smart college comedy - I love the play’
The Guardian

‘Christopher Hampton’s wickedly funny tale of the foibles of life in a university town’
Time Out

Jack Whitehall

‘Very clever’
Joe Thomas, The Inbetweeners

‘It’s fantastic’
Greg McHugh, Fresh Meat

‘I love this – It’s funny, clever and thought provoking’
Paul McKenna

‘It’s really relevant in today’s polital climate’
Zawe Ashton, Fresh Meat