Why See The Lehman Trilogy?
Back for 2019
Nominated for five 2019 Olivier Awards including Best Actor, Best Director and Best New Play
After its sell-out success at the National Theatre last summer, the Sam Mendes helmed The Lehman Trilogy is heading to the West End's Piccadilly Theatre in May 2019! Adapted from Stefano Massini's vast 2015 hit, 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 disasters.
With Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles all returning to star as the famous Lehman brothers, their sons and grandsons in this 126 year tale of success and destruction. From the brother's first steps on America soil in 1844 to the collapse of their vast banking conglomerate on September 15, 2008, The Lehman Trilogy takes us through the highs and lows of one of the world's most powerful families.
What is The Lehman Trilogy about?
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.
Opening night: 11 May 2019
3 hours and 20 minutes including two 15 minute intervals.
And before you stop reading
Images are taken from original National Theatre production
Cast and Creative
Simon Russell Beale
Directed by Sam Mendes
Written by Stefano Massini
Adapted by Ben Power
OLIVIER AWARDS, 2019 - NOMINATIONS
Best New Play
Best Actor - Adam Gosley, Ben Miles & Simon Russell Beale
Best Director - Sam Mendes
Best Set Design - Es Devlin
Best Sound Design - Nick Powell
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Until Apr 27, 2019
this is a worthy, weighty addition to the West End scene, anchored by two splendid performances, from the imitable David Suchet and Brendan Coyle
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