Sometimes, great stories are staring writers in the face. Many of the great plays are based on true, historical events which are adapted and dramatised for the stage. With The Lehman Trilogy - Stefano Massini's play about US financial firm The Lehman Brothers - set to transfer to the West End, we look at 12 memorable plays based on real life events. The Lehman Trilogy, photo by Mark Douet The Lehman Trilogy
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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.
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The National Theatre’s production of The Lehman Trilogy is set to transfer to the West End following a sell-out run in the Lyttelton Theatre. The play, which stars Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles, tells the story of The Lehman Brothers: the global financial services firm which collapsed in the midst of the 2008 financial crisis. Written by Stefano Massini, and adapted by Ben Power, it charts the history of the firm from its beginnings in New York in 1844, and sees the cast play the brothers, their sons and their grandsons as it zips through the company’s history.
Initial casting has been announced for Sam Mendes’ production of The Lehman Trilogy which is set to run at the National Theatre in July. Adam Godley, Ben Miles and Simon Russell Beale will take on the roles of the Lehman brothers in Ben Power’s adaptation of Stefano Massini’s play which looks at the 160-year history of the Lehman family, who founded the successful American financial firm, Lehman Brothers.