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The Philanthropist: A Bourgeois Comedy

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This brilliantly constructed, witty and sophisticated comedy of manners, first seen at the Royal Court with Alec McCowen and Jane Asher in 1970, has been revised for this edition by the author. The play revolves around a couple of days in the life of a bachelor don who is on the point of getting married, and the consequences of a dinner party he gives which cause turmoil a ...more
Paperback, 72 pages
Published February 1st 1985 by Faber & Faber (first published 1969)
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This play is a trifle dated and may not seem so funny as it most probably did when it was first staged. I see it as a risposte to the earnestness of the sixties and a light hearted comedy of bourgeois-English manners, somewhat in the style of Ackbourne or even Yes Minister or Dance to the Music of Time. It is frothy light hearted stuff. With everyone talking about autism these days, one would probably call Philip autistic. There have been several comedy series about nerds with characters very li ...more
Mike Jensen
A comedy of manners c. 1970, so the manners are seventies manners. Witty, heartfelt, in many ways a revival of the comedy of humors, this play had a shocking and ingenious opening scene. It may not be a play for the ages, but it is worth checking out.
Amy Drayton
Loved this! Don't feel inclined to give it five stars for some subconcious reason but really enjoyed reading this, excellent ending!
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Christopher James Hampton CBE, FRSL is a British playwright, screen writer and film director. He is best known for his play based on the novel Les Liaisons dangereuses and the film version Dangerous Liaisons (1988) and also more recently for writing the nominated screenplay for the film adaptation of Ian McEwan's Atonement.

Hampton became involved in the theatre while studying German and French at
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