Everything you need to know about 'The Lehman Trilogy' in the West End

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

Dramatising the tale of the Lehman Brothers’ financial rollercoaster, The Lehman Trilogy illuminates the downward spiral that went on to cause an unparalleled financial downturn throughout the world. The production will tell the story of the banking crisis like you’ve never seen or heard it before; you can put your money on it!

Before seeing The Lehman Trilogy in the West End from January 2023, find out more about The Lehman Trilogy on stage.

From how to get The Lehman Trilogy tickets to when to see The Lehman Trilogy, here’s your ultimate guide to The Lehman Trilogy. Book The Lehman Trilogy tickets on London Theatre.

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What is The Lehman Trilogy about?

Stefano Massini’s script explores the humble beginnings of three siblings who moved to America all the way through to their great success in the financial industry.

On a cold morning in September 1844, a Bavarian man named Henry stepped onto American soil for the first time to change his life for the better. As he forged a career, his two brothers joined him in New York and they establish a business that goes on to become the fourth largest firm in the United States.

As the banking world is changed by the company, the company cannot handle the fast-changing pace of the world and in 2007, the firm declares the largest bankruptcy file the United States has ever been. The Lehman Trilogy explores the brothers’ backgrounds and just why their firm crashed so spectacularly.

Where is The Lehman Trilogy playing?

The Lehman Trilogy is playing at the Gillian Lynne Theatre. The Gillian Lynne Theatre is a West End venue located in the Covent Garden area of London. Previous shows at the Gillian Lynne Theatre include Cinderella and School of Rock.

How long is The Lehman Trilogy?

The Lehman Trilogy play running time is 3 hours and 15 minutes. The Lehman Trilogy is one of the longest plays in the West End. Find out more on running times of West End shows.

Is The Lehman Trilogy based on a true story?

The play is based on the ups and downs of the Lehman brothers. 23-year old Henry Lehman emigrated from Bavaria to the United States, initially settling down in Montgomery, Alabama.

Emanuel Lehman joined him in 1847 and the trio was rounded off when Mayer Lehman moved to America in 1850. In a time where the American Dream wasn’t cemented as a country-wide mantra, the threesome personified what it meant to build up a career from nothing.

When the company filed for bankruptcy in 2008, they filed for over $600 billion. This is still the largest bankruptcy filing to this day.

When did The Lehman Trilogy premiere?

The Lehman Trilogy was first performed in the UK at the National Theatre from 7 April to 20 Oct. 2018. The production then transferred to the Piccadilly Theatre, and later enjoyed a Broadway season.

In a The Lehman Trilogy review for London Theatre, our critic said: "[The cast] are as malleable as clay, switching fearlessly from playing young men to old, from women to children, and the different characters are established through unique and playful refrains, repeated over and over like the chorus of a Greek tragedy.”

Who is in The Lehman Trilogy in London?

The Lehman Trilogy London cast includes Michael Balogun as Emanuel Lehman. Balogun previously played Delroy in Death of England: Delroy and starred in Macbeth, both at the National Theatre.

Hadley Fraser will play Mayer Lehman. His recent credits include 2:22 A Ghost Story and City of Angels in the West End, as well as The Antipodes and Coriolanus. Nigel Lindsay will play Henry Lehman. He's previously starred in The Pillowman and A Small Family Business at the National Theatre. Find out more about The Lehman Trilogy West End cast.

The Lehman Trilogy awards

The Lehman Trilogy impressed awarding bodies in the West End and on Broadway, and subsquently earned a variety of awards. Even though The Lehman Trilogy didn't win any Oliviers, the play took home many Tonys. Here's all the major awards, with winning categories in bold.

Tony Awards

Best Play
Best Actor in a Play - Simon Russell Beale
Best Actor in a Play - Adam Godley
Best Actor in a Play - Adrian Lester
Best Direction of a Play - Sam Mendes
Best Scenic Design in a Play - Es Devlin
Best Lighting Design in a Play - Jon Clark
Best Sound Design of a Play - Nick Powell and Dominik Bilkey

How to get The Lehman Trilogy tickets

The Lehman Trilogy returns to the West End for a limited season from January 2023. Although The Lehman Trilogy tickets aren't on sale yet, make sure you're the first to book tickets to avoid missing out on this Tony-winning play.

Book The Lehman Trilogy tickets on London Theatre.

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