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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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No exchanges or refunds after purchase.


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

You will receive a voucher after purchase. Please print and present on arrival.

Trafalgar Studios, Studio 1

Trafalgar Studios Whitehall London SW1A 2DY

Latest customer reviews

  • Fun Evening

    31 July 2017

    Enjoyably eccentric evening with a fabulous cast.

    Ben Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Fantastic and full of suprises

    7 July 2017

    I went to see this play on the actors alone and deliberately did not look about its plot or any reviews. I was very impressed by the whole play and would recommend to anyone to go and see it!

    Ellen Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Enjoyable

    23 June 2017

    My companion gave it three stars. I thought it was more a tragedy than a comedy but I did enjoy it. However because the theatre was empty we were moved forward to better seats (still very uncomfortable !).

    Moya Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • So the Critics were wrong.....

    13 June 2017

    This glorious 1970s period piece anchored itself firmly in period, with a delicious set full of things old people like me recognised. Virtually all the casting was great (Lily Cole was weak, but looked so ravishing it hardly mattered), and a particularly fabulous performance from Simon Bird as the central character, Philip. Great ensemble acting all around, and the scene between Philip and his girlfriend in Act 2 was both hysterical and moving - a fine thing if you can pull it off, which they did.

    Teresa Greener Confirmed ticket purchaser

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