The Philanthropist
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).
★★★★
'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
SIMON CALLOW DIRECTS THE PHILANTHROPIST (2 MARCH 2017)

Simon Callow directs a new production of Oscar© winner Christopher Hampton's most celebrated play, The Philanthropist, at the West Ends' Trafalgar Studios, featuring some of today's best young comedic actors playing the roles at the age Christopher Hampton first intended. It will star Matt Berry (The IT Crowd, The Mighty Boosh), Simon Bird (The Inbetweeners, Friday Night Dinner), Lily Cole (St Trinian's, Ab Fab: The Movie), Charlotte Ritchie (Call The Midwife, Fresh Meat) and Tom Rosenthal (Plebs, Friday Night Dinner). This classic hit comedy runs from 3 April to 22 July 2017.

The play has been delighting audiences since its premiere at the Royal Court in 1970 and is a fiendishly clever inversion of Moliere's The Misanthrope. Set in a fictitious English University town, strongly evoking Oxford or Cambridge, 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. The morning after, the group is left to wade through the emotional detritus and navigate the consequences of their actions.

Acclaimed director Simon Callow says: "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."









Information
Type of production: Play

Opened: 03 April 2017

Booking until: 22 July 2017

Running time: To Be Confirmed

Prices: £26.00 - £129.00

Author / playwright: Christopher Hampton

Director: Simon Callow

Cast: Simon Bird , Lily Cole , Charlotte Ritchie
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