About The Philanthropist

Simon Callow directs this new production of Christopher Hampton’s famous play at the Trafalgar Studios. Featuring television stars Matt Berry, Simon Bird, Charlotte Ritchie, Tom Rosenthal and Lily Cole, the show was last revived at the Donmar Warehouse in 2005 and returns to London for a limited run.

Who's in it?

Matt Berry (The IT Crowd, Toast of London) is joined by Simon Bird (The Inbetweeners, Friday Night Dinner), Charlotte Ritchie (Call the Midwife), Tom Rosenthal (Friday Night Dinner) and Lily Cole (Ab Fab The Movie) has made her West End debut with the production.

What's the story?

We can all be guilty of living in our own little bubbles, trying to shut out the misery of the events of the real world. And that is exactly what is happening here, as students gather for a university dinner party with one of the dons, a confirmed bachelor who governs the topic of conversation at dinner. His anguish over the world of sex, marriage and the meaning of life seems vacuous compared to the goings-on in the real world, as the Prime Minister and his cabinet have been assassinated and some of England’s greatest writers seen to be meeting the same fate one by one. An astute look at how ‘out of touch’ academics can be…

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The Venue

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Where is The Philanthropist?

14 Whitehall London SW1A 2DY
  • Nearest Bus stop: (Whitehall) 3, 11, 12, 24, 53, 88, 91, 159, 453; (Strand) 6, 9, 13, 15, 23, 29, 87, 139, 176
  • Parking: Some people may still know Trafalgar Studios as the Whitehall Theatre. Use both names if asking for directions.
  • Nearest Night Bus: (Whitehall) 12, 24, 53, 88, 159, 453, N2, N3, N5, N11, N18, N20, N44, N52, N87, N91, N97, N109, N136, N155, N381 (Strand) 6, 23, 139, 176, N9, N13, N15, N21, N26, N29, N41, N47, N89, N279, N343, N551
  • Nearest Tube: Bakerloo, Northern
  • Directions:

    (5mins) Head left on the main road Strand. Follow Trafalgar Square around onto Whitehall and the theatre’s on your right.

  • Nearest Station: Charing Cross

Facilities

  • Air conditioned
  • Bar
  • Infrared hearing loop
  • Toilets