The Philanthropist, Trafalgar Studios

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 has been delighting audiences since it premiere at the Royal Court in 1970.  A biting ‘bourgeois comedy’ and a fiendishly clever inversion of Moliere’s The Misanthrope, Simon Callow’s new production boasts some of today’s most exciting young stage and screen stars: BAFTA award winning writer, actor and musician Matt Berry (The IT Crowd, Toast of London), Simon Bird (The Inbetweeners, Friday Night Dinner), Lily Cole (The Last Days of Troy – Royal Exchange, Globe, Ab Fab The Movie), Charlotte Ritchie (Call the Midwife, Fresh Meat, Siblings) and Tom Rosenthal (Friday Night Dinner, Chicken Soup with Barley – Royal Court). 

‘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.

Show details:

03 April 2017 - 22 July 2017

General tickets on-sale:
12:00 PM, 23 February 2017


  • Reviews

    The Philanthropist reviews

    4 star rating

    ‘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

    5 star rating

    ‘be sure not to miss this stunning show.’

    Times

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