Exclusive: Westminster attack prompted playwright to consider rewriting comedy

The Oscar-winning writer of West End play The Philanthropist contemplated rewriting his 1970 comedy in the wake of last month’s Westminster attack.

Christopher Hampton was concerned the play’s references to a fictional attack on Parliament would be in poor taste.

He said: “I said to Simon Callow, quite seriously, maybe we should change it.”

Yet Callow, who directed the revival at London’s Trafalgar Studios, said it was “important” the

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