Six Degrees of Simon Callow
So, we would be lying if we said we aren't just a little bit excited to welcome The Philanthropist to Trafalgar Studios next month... Christopher Hampton's 'bourgeois comedy' takes place in an English university town with the surprising backdrop of the Prime Minister's assassination, along with his entire cabinet. And in true form, this classic play's long awaited return to the West End also brings with it some pretty clever and pant-wettingly funny actors.
Matt Berry, Simon Bird, Lily Cole, Charlotte Ritchie and Tom Rosenthal are the famous faces (though 'national treasures' may be more appropriate) that will be forming what we can only refer to as the capital's super-cast. And what's more, the whole thing will be under the expert supervision of none other than theatrical legend and one-man powerhouse Mr. Simon Callow.
'Six degrees of separation' is the idea that based on who we know - and thanks to our obscure friends and 'friends of friends' - we are only six or less connections away from anybody else in the world. By these rules, Callow's cast are lucky to now consider themselves only one, tiny degree away from the main man himself. However, our scrupulous digging has confirmed that these six iconic team members do in fact go much, much further back than The Philanthropist rehearsal room...
With the help of several award-winning TV shows and some prolific co-stars, we want to show you just how inter-connected the web of association really is for this new cast. So hold onto your seats for the first public unveiling of the latest academic theory taking the world by storm: Six Degrees of Simon Callow.
So let's start at the very beginning. Introducing our first cast member...
1. Lily Cole
Degree studied: Social and Political Sciences - King's College, Cambridge
Discovered outside a burger shop at age 14, Lily Cole was the youngest model to cover British Vogue. If that wasn't enough for you, Cole also graduated with a first from Cambridge, is a tech entrepreneur and still finds time to be an actress. You may have seen her as a siren in Doctor Who; in an array of independent short films; or in big blockbuster films such as St. Trinians with Tamsin Egerton and Paloma Faith, and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus alongside Heath Ledger.
Degree of seperation: You may or may not know that Lily Cole was in Snow White and the Huntsman alongside this funny-man
2. Matt Berry
3. Tom Rosenthal
4. Simon Bird
5. Charlotte Ritchie
Degree studied: English and Drama - University of Bristol
6. Simon Callow
Degree studied: English - Queen's University Belfast
You guessed it! A veteran of British
theatre, Simon Callow, CBE has starred in many West End plays including Being Shakespeare, which also had its debut at the one-and-only Trafalgar Studios. As well as being a keen
writer of biographies, Callow is no stranger to film and television. Having earned a BAFTA nomination for Four Weddings and a Funeral, hes also had the greater honour of guest-starring in the British classic series Doctor Who.
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