Simon Callow directs model and actress Lily Cole in 70's comedy ''The Philanthropist'' at Trafalgar Studios in London while voicing his concerns his Brexit concerns. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Simon Callow directs Christopher Hamilton's most celebrated play 'The Philanthropist' at the Trafalgar Studios in London. Set in a fictional Oxbridge university town the story follows 24 hours in the lives of a group of students wrapped up in their bubble. The play stars model and actress Lily Cole who described working with Callow as "like being in acting school" before telling Reuters she's happier now she's returned to acting. "When I was pregnant and having my child nearly two years ago now I took some time off and realized that I was spending all my time doing stuff that I didn't really love and wanted to get back into doing stuff I love like acting." The play also stars some of the UK's most comedic young actors including Matt Berry, Simon Bird, Charlotte Ritchie and Tom Rosenthal. 'The Philanthropist' was first seen at The Royal Court Theatre in 1970 and Callow remembers seeing it then. "It's always stuck in the back of my mind as one of the funniest, most elegant, most sparking, brilliant, most assured pieces of writing and when you think the author was just 23 when he wrote it is kind of astonishing", he said. Callow voiced his concerns about Brexit and the impact it will have on the arts saying, "It's a terrible thing for all the performing arts, especially for musical arts. There's such an exchange across Europe and across the world, but it's a wonderful thing that we have so many remarkable foreign artists that want to live here and want to stay here and base their careers here and all of that. That'll all go you know." 'The Philanthropist' runs at the Trafalgar Studios in London from April 3-July 22, 2017.