The Philanthropist archiveSet in a fictitious English University town, strongly evoking Oxford or Cambridge, the play follows 24 hours in the lives of a group of young academics. The action unfolds in the rooms of Philip the university's cosseted and floundering professor of philology, for whom solace and certitude exist in complex wordplay. 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, the bachelor don anguishes over sex, marriage, anagrams and the meaning of life. Did someone suggest academics were 'out of touch'?


Matt Berry, Simon Bird, Lily Cole, Charlotte Ritchie, Tom Rosenthal


Author: Christopher Hampton
Producer: Howard Panter (for Trafalgar Entertainment Group - Simon Friend and Gavin Kalin)
Director: Simon Callow
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The Philanthropist

The Philanthropist (Play) production archive for QTIX code T1921763211. Details of all The Philanthropist archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S1507289807

Archive Listings

3 Apr 17
22 Jul 17
Trafalgar Theatre
West End
Greater London

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