The Lehman Trilogy by Stefano Massini, adapted by Ben Power
Directed by Sam Mendes
The Lehman Trilogy was commissioned by Neal Street Productions in 2016 for Sam Mendes to direct.
It was developed at the National Theatre Studio in a co-production with the National Theatre and the Park Avenue Armory.
The 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.
Starring Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles who play the Lehman Brothers, their sons and grandsons.
The World Premiere at the Lyttelton Theatre at the National Theatre on the 12th July, 2018 garnered huge critical acclaim as did the North American premiere at the Park Avenue Armory in New York, March 22 - April 20th, 2019.
The production returned to London transferring to the Piccadilly Theatre in the West End from May to August 2019, playing to an audiences of 132,000 in just sixteen weeks.
The Lehman Trilogy is now heading to Broadway for a strictly limited season at the Nederlander Theatre opening 26 March 2020.
The National Theatre Live performance of The Lehman Trilogy was recorded and transmitted on 25 July 2019.