All star cast for The Philanthropist Theatre Breaks at the Trafalgar Studios
Last summer Channel 4’s Friday Night Dinner actors Simon Bird and Tom Rosenthal reunited on the West End stage in the cast of The Philanthropistfor the Simon Callow directed ‘bourgeois comedy’.
Adapted by Christopher Hampton’s from Moliere’s ‘The Misanthrope’, The Philanthropist first premiered at the Royal Court theatre in 1970. Considered by many as Hampton’s finest play, it’s a biting and a fiendishly clever inversion of the original, with actor/director Callow’s new production being called “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’?
Completing the line-up of the five main characters were Fresh Meat & Call the Midwife star Charlotte Ritchie, Toast of London‘s Matt Berry and model-turned-actress Lily Cole.
The Philanthropist Theatre Breaks Information File
Theatre : Trafalgar Studios 1, 14 Whithall, London SW1A 2DYH Genre : Comedy Nearest underground :Piccadilly Circus on the Bakerloo & Piccadilly lines or Charing Cross on Northern & Bakerloo lines Opened : 20th April 2017 Closed : 22nd July 2017 Performance times : Monday to Saturday at 1930; Thursday & Saturday at 1430