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The Philanthropist Tickets

30 reviews
Trafalgar TheatreLondon
“Intellectually stimulating, touchingly sympathetic and gloriously, gloriously funny” - Sunday Times


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 CrowdToast 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

Christopher Hampton’s most celebrated play has been delighting audiences and since its 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 actors. His other works for the stage include Les Liaisons Dangereuses (recently revived to great acclaim) and Treats. He has also recently received significant acclaim for his translations of the award-winning smash hit The Father (“translated with venomous flare”) as well as The Mother and The Truth. The Old Vic has also just presented a major re-staging of his translation of Art. Among Christopher’s many screen adaptations are Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Atonement for which he received an Oscar® and an Oscar® nomination respectively.

Simon Callow has directed over thirty shows, including the multi award-winning musical Carmen Jones, the West End and Broadway productions of Shirley Valentine and the award-winning Single Spies by Alan Bennett at the National Theatre and in the West End.



Band A £62.50 tickets discounted to £39.50

Band A £49.50 tickets to £26.50

Band A £29.50 tickets £17.50

Valid all performances until 22 July.