In September 2008, the top brokerage firm Lehman Brothers collapsed. It was the largest bankruptcy filing America had ever seen, and sparked the greatest financial devastation since the Great Depression. Adapted from Stefano Massini’s play, in this production for the National Theatre, Ben Power and director Sam Mendes tell the story of the men behind the world-famous corporation, from the moment the three brothers from Rimpar, Bavaria – Henry (Simon Russell Beale), Emanuel... Read more
Tickets for Stefano Massini’s hit play The Lehman Trilogy completely sold out when the new English version premiered at the National Theatre’s Lyttelton Theatre in July. Starring Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles, the play tracks three generations of the family behind one of the world’s biggest financial corporations.
The Lehman Trilogy will now transfer to the West End's Piccadilly Theatre in May 2019, with tickets now on sale.
Beginning in 1844, The Lehman Trilogy charts the formation of the Lehman Brothers bank, as a young man from Bavaria with a big dream made a splash in New York with the help of his two brothers. From here, the play skips 163 years of banking history, and tells of the establishment of the bank, and its doomed fate which led to the biggest global financial collapse in history, affecting each and every one of us.
Adapted by Ben Power, The Lehman Trilogy is directed by Sam Mendes – who directed West End smash-hit The Ferryman, as well as the latest James Bond film Spectre.
The production received a plethora of five-star reviews upon its premiere at the Lyttelton Theatre: the Guardian labelled it an ‘Engrossing play and an acting masterclass’, while The Times said ‘Sam Mendes triumphs’. Given its universal acclaim, a West End transfer may well be on the cards.
Massini’s play was a hit in Europe before it came to Britain; The Lehman Trilogy enjoyed runs in Milan at the Piccolo Theatre, and in Paris, directed by Arnaud Meunier.
The Lehman Trilogy Tickets are now available.