The Lehman Trilogy
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 AwardsSee more >
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
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
Simon Russell Beale
Broadway, New York (upcoming)more >
Piccadilly Theatre, West End. May - August 2019
Park Avenue Armory, New York. March - April 2019
National Theatre, London. July - October 2018
"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."
What an astonishing evening! Engrossing play and an acting masterclass
Theatre at its best. Sam Mendes triumphs