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. 

In June 2021 it was announced that The Lehman Trilogy would be returning to Broadway with new cast member Adrian Lester making his Broadway debut alongside returning original cast members Simon Russell Beale and Adam Godley.

For just 99 performances only, The Lehman Trilogy will resume performances on 25th September with Opening Night taking place on 14th October 2021. For tickets and more info visit:  https://qa.spotcointeractive.com/websites/lehman/

Following its Broadway run, The Lehman Trilogy will perform at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles and the Geary Theater in San Francisco in 2022, with casting to be announced.

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

Broadway Cast:

Simon Russell Beale
Adam Godley 
Adrian Lester

Productions

Nedelander Theatre, Broadway. September 2021 – January 2022

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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

“A captivating and vividly human production, nimbly performed by three of the finest actors around. Witness the superb Beale, Godley and Lester in their feats of storytelling.”

Laura Collins-Hughes, The New York 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 masterwork. Epic and personal, The Lehman Trilogy is far and away the best thing I’ve seen. It is the kind of work that asserts the difference between theater and television, that reveals many things only live performance can do.” 

Chris Jones, The Chicago Tribune

★★★★★ “Theatrical astonishment is back on the Broadway boards. The Lehman Trilogy has finally arrived. Miss it at your peril.”

Steven Suskin, New York Stage Review

★★★★★ “A landmark production and a theatrical triumph. Stagecraft at its finest.”

Frank Scheck, New York Stage Review

“A breathtaking, gloriously imaginative piece of storytelling. You should go out of your way to see The Lehman Trilogy. You’ll definitely be enthralled.” 

Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal

“Gorgeous and intoxicating. A symphony of theatermakers working at their pinnacle. Director Sam Mendes builds a gleaming production around Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley, and Adrian Lester. The rare chance to see just one of these men perform is worth the price of admission. All three together — heartbreaking Beale and wall-shaking Lester and the living lightning bolt Godley — is a chance that will not come again.”

Helen Shaw, New York Magazine

“It’s sheer joy to have this show back in all its dazzling glory.”

Marilyn Stasio, Variety

“An invigorating piece of theater. You’re swept away by director Sam Mendes’ grand storytelling. You gotta see it.”

Johnny Oleksinski, New York 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

“This Trilogy finds the thrill in letting the Lehman brothers live again on stage, spinning myth into gold. The acting is so consistently excellent that you want to give a medal to them all.” 

Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly

★★★★ “Magnificent. The Lehman Trilogy is a Broadway epic that will leave you dazzled.”

Adam Feldman, Time Out

“Praise be! The Lehman Trilogy has opened on Broadway. An epic, intimate, engrossing piece of theater and an acting tour de force.”

Tim Teeman, Daily Beast

"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.