The Philanthropist

Simon Bird stars as a floundering professor in a new production of Christopher Hampton's searing comedy The Philanthropist. Directed by acclaimed actor Simon Callow, The Philanthropist follows a group of young academics as they ponder life over 24 hours, whilst the nation outside descends into chaos. Playing a limited season at Trafalgar Studios, this intellectually stimulating and nail-bitingly funny production promises to have you in stitches.
Booking from 3 April 2017 until 22 July 2017

Box Office Contacts

Box Office:0844 871 7632
Access Booking:0844 871 7677
Group Booking:020 7206 1174
Stage Door:020 7321 5400

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Trafalgar Studios stands on the site of the former Whitehall Theatre, an Art Deco performance venue that housed many revue shows, follies and farces as well as hosing the first stripper in the theatre district!

The venue was rebuilt and opened as Trafalgar Studios in 2004, now hosting two separate performing spaces (or studios) rather than one big stage. The larger of the Studios, Studio 1, opened with a Royal Shakespeare Company production of Othello and Studio 2, the smaller space, opened in 2005 with the play Cyprus.

Throughout its early years, the theatre was host to many RSC productions, including non Shakespearian texts, such as A New Way To Please You (2005) and Speaking Like Magpies (2006).

Trafalgar Studios is known for its trend of presenting play texts, with a few small scale musicals peppering the bill such as Sweeney Todd (2004) and Ordinary Days (2011).

In recent years Trafalgar Studios has seen successful and often sell out runs, such as End of The Rainbow (2010) starring Tracie Bennett which sold out its limited run and received rave critics reviews.

In 2012 Trafalgar Studios played host to Yes, Prime Minister, however real success was reignited once again in 2013 with the onset of the Jamie Lloyd season of plays for Trafalgar Transformed. Lloyd’s premier production of the season, Macbeth, ran for just over two months. Starring James McAvoy, Macbeth was a roaring success and sold out the majority of its run. Lloyd’s season also included Harold Pinter’s The Hothouse which enjoyed critical success, followed by The Pride starring Hayley Atwell and Matthew Horne.

2013 ended with Ghosts, a transfer from the Almeida that won an Olivier at the 2014 Laurence Olivier Awards.

2014 saw productions of Another Country, Richard III and East is East and 2015 saw productions of The Ruling Class, Golem, Constellations and Oresteia.

Past Shows

Buried Child
(closed 4 Mar 2017)
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The Naked Magicians
(closed 24 Sep 2016)
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The Spoils
(closed 13 Aug 2016)

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The Maids
(closed 21 May 2016)
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The Homecoming
(closed 13 Feb 2016)
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(closed 7 Nov 2015)

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(closed 31 Jul 2015)

James Freedman: Man of Steal
(closed 4 Jul 2015)
Golem Trafalgar Studios
(closed 22 May 2015)

The Father
The Father
(closed 11 Apr 2015)
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The Ruling Class
(closed 12 Mar 2015)
East is East
East Is East
(closed 3 Jan 2015)