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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


'Brilliant' - 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 political climate.' - Zawe Ashton (Fresh Meat)

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This exciting ensemble cast includes: 

Simon Bird (star of The Inbetweeners and Friday Night Dinner), model and actress Lily Cole, Charlotte Ritchie (Fresh Meat, Call the Midwife, Siblings), Tom Rosenthal (Friday Night Dinner) and BAFTA award winning writer, actor and musician Matt Berry (The IT Crowd, The Mighty Boosh).

When Can I Go

3 April - 22 July 2017
Mon-Sat: 19.30
Thurs & Sat: 14.30


Trafalgar Studios Whitehall London SW1A 2DY

Where Do I Go

Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall

By bus: 3 11 12 24 53 77a 88 91 139 159 453
Closest Tube: Charing Cross and Embankment (Northern and Bakerloo)

How Does It Work

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Trafalgar Studios, Studio 1

Trafalgar Studios Whitehall London SW1A 2DY

Latest customer reviews

  • Has it passed its 'sell by' date?

    17 May 2017

    A lack of projection by most of the cast makes it hard to enjoy the dialogue which quite often became a series of monologues. The smoking was a distraction ( nobody did it as if they wanted to), the 'rooms' were a bit 'up market' for the principal character and I felt no relationship (even friendship) between the five 'resident' characters. Having said that, the play led to a lot of discussion afterwards on the content

    mgthants Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Exciting cast

    4 May 2017

    Matt Berry was perfect for his role and Lilly Cole handled her sensitive role very well. It was a real treat for an irregular theatre goer.

    Johanna T Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Smokey room of talent

    24 April 2017

    The play was quite well written and the performance was enthusiastic. Tom Rosenthal was definitely the shining star, despite playing a supporting role he was fanstistic to watch. The beginning and ending were highlights to an otherwise quite monotonous storyline.

    Natalie Clynes Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Great comedy/drama from great cast

    18 April 2017

    I went into this not really sure of the story, ended up really enjoying it, some great comedy moments and some drama in parts but for me it was the cast that made it, as fan of British tv they were what made me want to see the show, and they all were brilliant. Definitely recommend

    Stephen wood Confirmed ticket purchaser