The PhilanthropistDuration tbc

Trafalgar Studios 1, 14 Whitehall, London, United Kingdom SW1A 2DY

Charlotte Ritchie, Matt Berry, Tom Rosenthal, Simon Bird and Lily Cole in The Philanthropist (Photo: Shaun Webb)Charlotte Ritchie, Matt Berry, Tom Rosenthal, Simon Bird and Lily Cole in The Philanthropist (Photo: Shaun Webb)/servlet/file/store5/item387013/version1/fileservice770/387013_770_preview.jpg

Christopher Hampton’s most celebrated play The Philanthropist has been delighting audiences 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.

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’?

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).

Christopher Hampton’s 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.

Cast & Creatives

Cast
Simon Bird, Lily Cole, Charlotte Ritchie, Tom Rosenthal, Matt Berry
Author
Moliere
Adapted by
Christopher Hampton
Director
Simon Callow
Producer
Howard Panter for Trafalgar Entertainment Group, Simon Friend and Gavin Kalin

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Trafalgar Studios 1

Address
14 Whitehall, London, United Kingdom SW1A 2DY
Telephone
0844 871 7632 (Calls cost 7p per min plus your telephone company's network access charge)
Official site
www.atgtickets.com/
Nearest tube
Charing Cross/Embankment (approx. 500m)
Nearest bus
3, 9, 11, 12, 24, 29, 53, 77A, 88, 153, 159
Nearest train
Charing Cross
Parking

50% off parking when you park at Q-Park Trafalgar, only 2 minutes walk away.

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Access information

How to book
Tel: 0844 871 7677 (Calls cost 7p per min plus your telephone company's network access charge) Minicom: 0870 060 6641 Email: trafalgarboxoffice@theambassadors.com
Discounts
Discounts for all disabled customers, please call the Box Office to check availability.
Limited mobility
Leg room is generally good with extra space on the front row and on the side aisle of row E.
Access description
Level access from the street to the foyer. Box Office opposite. All staircases have handrails and steps are highlighted. 25 steps down then up 10 steps in to the auditorium (3 steps between rows). Theatre opens 1 hour before performance. There is a lift to Studio 2 and Studio Bar, plis a stair lift to Studio 1.
Hearing impaired
Infrared system in the auditorium with 16 headsets, available from the box office with a deposit. Check with Box Office which seats in the auditorium have best reception. Induction Loop and Sennheiser Mobile Connect also available
Guide dogs policy
Guide dogs are allowed inside the auditorium by prior arrangement with the theatre, alternatively staff are happy to dog-sit. You will be seated in an aisle seat.
Wheelchairs
No spaces for people who need to remain in their wheelchairs. Transfer seating is available to Row A (3 spaces) and K (1 space). Access to Row A is through the Stalls Bar and Row K is up 14 steps. Wheelchair users must bring 2 people to help with the steps. The theatre can store a maximum of 3 wheelchairs per performance. Venue is not suitable for scooters.
Toilets
22 steps up from the foyer to women’s and men’s. More toilets off the Stalls Bar.
Disabled toilets
No adapted WC.
Bars
Foyer bar next to the Box Office. 25 steps to Stalls Bar (spacious, few seats). Drinks can be brought to disabled customers in the auditorium upon request.
This venue accepts Theatre Tokens