The Lehman Trilogy was commissioned by Neal Street Productions in 2016 for Sam Mendes to develop. It was forged at the National Theatre Studio for a co-production with the National Theatre and the Park Avenue Armory, NYC. 

Ben Power’s English adaptation of Stefano Massini’s original, Italian, masterpiece is told in three parts on a single evening, with three actors playing the Lehman Brothers, their sons and grandsons. 

World Premiere on the 12th July, 2018 at the Lyttelton Theatre, National Theatre, London.

North American Premiere at the Park Avenue Armory in New York, 22nd March, 2019.

The production transferred to the West End for a run at the Piccadilly Theatre, May to August 2019, playing to audiences of 132,000 in sixteen weeks.

Producers: Neal Street Productions and National Theatre Productions.

The Lehman Trilogy was then re-made for the Nederlander Theatre on Broadway, intended for a sixteen week season opening on 26th March, 2020. The original cast performed just four previews before shutting down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The show triumphantly returned to the Nederlander Theatre on 25th September 2021 with new cast member Adrian Lester making his Broadway debut alongside returning original cast members Simon Russell Beale and Adam Godley.

Following the acclaimed Broadway run, The Lehman Trilogy is performing for a limited run at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles from 3rd March - 10th April 2022.  Simon Russell Beale and Adam Godley will return alongside new cast member, Howard W. Overshown. 

 

Further international dates to be announced

 

Nominated for 3 Drama League & 9 Outer Critics Circle Awards

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About

The Lehman Trilogy is a story of a family and a company that changed the world, told in three parts on a single evening. On a cold September morning in 1844 a young man from Bavaria stands on a New York dockside. Dreaming of a new life in the new world. He is joined by his two brothers and an American epic begins. 163 years later, the firm they establish – Lehman Brothers – spectacularly collapses into bankruptcy, and triggers the largest financial crisis in history.

Key Creatives & Cast

Key Creatives:
Written by Stefano Massini 
Adapted by Ben Power
Directed by Sam Mendes
Set Design by Es Devlin
Costume Design by Katrina Lindsay
Video Design by Luke Halls
Lighting Design by Jon Clark 
Composed and Sound Design by Nick Powell 
Movement by Polly Bennett 
Company Voice and Dialect Work by Charmian Hoare 
Music Director & Pianist Candida Caldicot
Associate Director Zoé Ford Burnett 

Original Cast:
Simon Russell Beale
Adam Godley
Ben Miles

Broadway Cast:
Simon Russell Beale
Adam Godley 
Adrian Lester

Los Angeles Cast:
Simon Russell Beale
Adam Godley 
Howard W. Overshown 

 

Productions

Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles. March – April 2022

Nedelander Theatre, Broadway. September 2021 – January 2022

Piccadilly Theatre, West End. May - August 2019

Park Avenue Armory, New York. March - April 2019

National Theatre, London. July - October 2018

Reviews

"I’m not sure that I’ve ever seen a production as well-fitted to the Ahmanson stage as this one…“Mesmerizing.” Beale, Godley and Overshown wield a powerful incantatory spell.”

 

LA Times

“A triumph! With the opening of The Lehman Trilogy, Broadway just got more exciting. It’s exhilarating and sublime.” 

Peter Marks, The Washington Post

“A masterpiece and a miracle. Directed by Sam Mendes with astonishing grace, ingenuity and inventiveness that transforms everything on stage into a spellbinding demonstration of theater’s possibilities. Every scene is performed without flaw by the remarkable cast of actors. This is acting as magic.”

Greg Evans, Deadline

"What sets The Lehman Trilogy apart is its exceptional concentration of narrative simplicity and depth, in which minimal resources seem to expand into unlimited riches." 

The New York Times

What an astonishing evening! Engrossing play and an acting masterclass

The Guardian

Theatre at its best. Sam Mendes triumphs

The Times

The Last of the Imperious Rich: Lehman Brothers, 1844-2008 by Peter Chapman is a leading reference on the history of the Lehman family.