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The Lehman Trilogy

September 24, 2024 - January 5, 2025

This real-life drama plays out with poetic intensity

The Culture Whisper (National Theatre Production)

Why See The Lehman Trilogy?

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the multi-winner award winner returns

After its sell-out success in London, on Broadway (where it won five 2022 Tony Awards) and beyond, this landmark play returns to the West End for the forth time, returning to the Gillian Lynne Theatre in autumn 2024. 

Adapted from Stefano Massini's vast and poetic play and directed by Sam Mendes, Ben Power's The Lehman Trilogy depicts the journey of one group of men as they create one of the world's most powerful banks and, in turn, one of the world's largest financial crashes. John Heffernan, Aaron Krohn and Howard W. Overshown reprise their roles from the recent San Francisco production, in a collective performance that was described by the city's Mercury news in May 2024 as: "virtuosic, sculpting performances so rich and varied and surprising that you forget it's the same three men all the time."

What is the story?

A show depicting the successes and failures of three generations of Lehmans, beginning with Henry, Emanuel and Mayer, who came from Bavaria and settled in Alabama to make their fortune. The immigrant brothers and their descendants live a story of capitalism; they grapple with a rapidly changing society - one in demand of cotton, coffee, and railways - the next cigarettes, televisions and oil, navigating all the way up to their legacy's collapse into bankruptcy.

The saga of the Lehman brothers is a glimpse into the American dream; a fresh start in a country where anyone willing to demonstrate talent and inventiveness can have it all, but also in which over only a few turns can reverse fortunes and destinies. It charts the transformation of a family's identity, and with the trilogy staged over an extended period of history, it may well entice you to reflect on your own connections to the past.

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Opening night: 24 September 2024

Run time

3 hours and 20 minutes including two 15 minute intervals.

Cast and Creative


 John Heffernan as Henry
Aaron Krohn as Mayer
Howard W. Overshown as Emanuel


Directed by Sam Mendes
Written by Stefano Massini
Adapted by Ben Power


Tony Awards 2022 Wins
Best New Play
Best Actor in a Play - Simon Russell Beale (original cast)
Best Direction of a Play - Sam Mendes
Best Scenic Design of a Play
Best Lighting Design of a Play

Olivier Awards 2019 Nominations
Best Play
Best Actor - Adam Gosley, Ben Miles & Simon Russell Beale (original cast)
Best Director - Sam Mendes
Best Set Design - Es Devlin
Best Sound Design - Nick Powell

Next available performances

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Wed, Sep 25


Thu, Sep 26


Fri, Sep 27


Sat, Sep 28


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