Simon Russell Beale among initial casting for Sam Mendes' The Lehman Trilogy
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.
The production opened in Milan in 2015, and Mendes, who was a long-time admirer of director Luca Ronconi, was inspired to begin planning an English language adaptation for Neal Street Productions, the team behind his latest play The Ferryman.
Adam Godley played Cliff in Mendes’ production of Cabaret at the Donmar Warehouse, and is a three-time Olivier Award nominee. He has also been nominated or a Tony Award for his role in the Broadway production of Anything Goes in 2011.
Ben Miles’ recent London theatre credits include the role of Robert in a 2011 production of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, and the RSC’s production of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies in Startford-upon-Avon, the West End and on Broadway.
Simon Russell Beale played Lear in Mendes’ production of King Lear at the National in 2014, and has more recently starred in the RSC’s The Tempest at the Barbican.
Further cast and creatives are to be announced.
Photo of Simon Russell Beale in King Lear courtesy Mark Douet