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 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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Formerly the Whitehall Theatre, Trafalgar Studios is the contemporary venue that opened in 2004 and is best known for hosting plays with star casts. Split into two, the venue includes Trafalgar Studios 1 and 2, both with differing seating capacities. The former opened in 2004 with the RSC’s Othello, whilst the latter opened in 2005 with Cyprus.

Throughout its early years, the theatre hosted a variety of short run plays and small-scale musicals, including Sweeney Todd (2004), Losing Louis (2005), A New Way to Please You (2005) and the RSC season from 2005-2006, which included plays Sir Thomas More, Sejanus: His Fall and Believe What You Will.

Polly Teale’s adaptation of Jane Eyre (2006) followed, as well as Speaking Like Magpies (2006), Bent (2006-2007), Elling (2007), Dealer’s Choice (2007-2008), Fat Pig (2008), Entertaining Mr Sloane (2009), End of the Rainbow (2010), starring Tracie Bennett, A Christmas Carol (2010-2011), Ordinary Days (2011), Three Days in May (2011-2012) and Yes, Prime Minister (2012).

Trafalgar Studios truly stepped on the map in 2013 with the first of Jamie Lloyd’s season, Trafalgar Transformed, which saw productions Macbeth, starring James McAvoy, Harold Pinter’s The Hothouse, starring Simon Russell Beale and The Pride, starring Mathew Horne. 2013 concluded with the Olivier Award-winning Ghosts, which transferred from the Almeida.

2014 saw Jamie Lloyd continue his season at the theatre, presenting plays such as Another Country, Richard III, starring Martin Freeman and East is East (2014-2015), as well as The Ruling Class (2015), with James McAvoy.

Further plays throughout 2015 included Strindberg’s The Father, Golem, James Freedman: Man of Steal, Constellations, starring Rafe Spall, and Robert Icke’s Olivier Award-winning Oresteia.

Toward the end of 2015, Jamie Lloyd returned for a second Trafalgar Transformed season, directing plays including The Homecoming, starring Gemma Chan and The Maids, starring Uzo Aduba, Laura Carmichael and Zawe Ashton.

Subsequent productions have included Jesse Eisenberg’s self-written comedy The Spoils (2016), starring himself alongside Kunal Nayyar and Katie Brayben, The Naked Magicians (2016), Buried Child (2016-2017), starring Ed Harris and Amy Madigan and The Philanthropist (2017), starring Simon Bird and Lily Cole.

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)