The Philanthropist

Comedy - Original

Ethel Barrymore Theatre

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  • First Preview: March 11, 1971
  • Opening Date: March 15, 1971
  • Closing Date: May 15, 1971
  • Previews: 5
  • Performances: 64

Playwright: Christopher Hampton


A disengaged university professor cheerfully ponders anagrams, academia and the meaning of life. Meanwhile, in the outside world, the Prime Minister and his cabinet have been assassinated, and England's finest writers are being killed.


Opening Night Production Credits

Christopher Hampton Christopher Hampton Writer
  Robert Kidd Director
  John Gunter Scenic Design
  Sara Brook Costume Design
  Lloyd Burlingame Lighting Design
  Jack Schlissel General Manager
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Shows That Opened That Season: 1970 - 1971

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Drama Desk Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1971 Outstanding Performance Alec McCowen Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1971 Actor in a Play Alec McCowen Nominee
1971 Featured Actor in a Play Ed Zimmermann Nominee
1971 Play   Nominee
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