The Philanthropist

Christopher Hampton

In The Philanthropist by Christopher Hampton, the Prime Minister and his cabinet have been assassinated as a university don concerns himself with sex and anagrams. The Philanthropist is a biting ‘bourgeois comedy’, examining the empty, insular lives of college intellectuals.

Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571230730
Date Published
15.09.2005
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Summary

The Prime Minister and his cabinet have been assassinated and England’s most treasured writers are being murdered one by one. Back at the university, a bachelor don anguishes over sex, marriage, anagrams and the meaning of life.

Written as a response to Molière’s The Misanthrope and first performed at the Royal Court in 1970, this biting ‘bourgeois comedy’ examines the empty, insular lives of college intellectuals.

The Philanthropist was revived at the Donmar Warehouse in September 2005.

‘Intellectually stimulating, touchingly sympathetic and gloriously, gloriously funny.’ Sunday Times

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Christopher Hampton was born in the Azores in 1946. He wrote his first play, When Did You Last See My Mother? at the age of eighteen. Since then, his plays have included The Philanthropist, Savages, Tales from Hollywood, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, White Chameleon, The Talking Cure and Appomattox. He has translated plays by Ibsen, Molière, von Horváth, Chekhov, Florian Zeller…

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