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 Theater 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. 

Future plans for the production will be announced in due course. 

The Lehman Trilogy is produced on Broadway by the National Theatre and Neal Street Productions together with Scott Rudin, Barry Diller & David Geffen.

Nominated for 5 Olivier 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

Productions

Broadway, New York (upcoming)

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Piccadilly Theatre, West End. May - August 2019

Park Avenue Armory, New York. March - April 2019

National Theatre, London. July - October 2018

Reviews

"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