National Theatre’s The Lehman Trilogy to transfer to the West End
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.
Sam Mendes (The Ferryman) directs the piece, and the transfer will see the cast reprise their roles form the National Theatre run.
On the West End transfer, Mendes said: “The Lehman Trilogy was developed over three years without the constraint of a schedule, or even a destination - I was allowed time to find its form, and to build a wonderful team with which to make it.
“One of the chief joys has been to work across borders with two great writers, and to invite three of the finest actors of their generation to work with us.”
Following its run in the Lyttelton, the production transfers to New York before returning to London’s Piccadilly Theatre, where it will follow a revival of the National’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which opens next month.
Massini’s play first premiered at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan in 2015, and inspired Power to pen an English version for Neal Street Productions, who co-produce with the National.
The production has set design by Es Devlin, costume design by Katrina Lindsay, video design by Luke Halls, lighting design by Jon Clark, and music and sound design by Nick Powell, music direction by Candida Caldicot, and movement by Polly Bennett.