National Theatre's The Lehman Trilogy will transfer to the West End

National Theatre's The Lehman Trilogy will transfer to the West End

Updated On: Oct 31, 2018
By Spencer Rust
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    The Lehman Trilogy tickets on sale from 2 November 2018.

    Following a sold-out run at the National Theatre, the NT and Neal Street Productions’ critically acclaimed The Lehman Trilogy will transfer to the Piccadilly Theatre in May 2019.

    Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley, and Ben Miles will reprise the roles they originated at the National Theatre in The Lehman Trilogy by Stefano Massini, adapted by Ben Power and directed by Sam Mendes, when it transfers to the West End from 11 May 2019, for a limited 12-week season at the Piccadilly Theatre.

    The story of a family and a company that changed the world, told in three parts on a single evening.

    Directed by Sam Mendes (The Ferryman, Skyfall), The Lehman Trilogy weaves through nearly two centuries of Lehman lineage. On a cold September morning in 1844 a young man from Bavaria stands on a New York dockside. Dreaming of a new life in the new world. He is joined by his two brothers and an American epic begins. 163 years later, the firm they establish – Lehman Brothers – spectacularly collapses into bankruptcy, and triggers the largest financial crisis in history. Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley, and Ben Miles play the Lehman Brothers, and a cast of characters including their sons and grandsons, in an extraordinary feat of storytelling.

    The Lehman Trilogy features set designs 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. The music director is Candida Caldicot, with movement by Polly Bennett.

    The world premiere of Stefano Massini’s The Lehman Trilogy opened at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan in 2015. It turned out to be Artistic Director Luca Ronconi’s final production before his death. A long-term admirer of Ronconi’s, Sam Mendes was inspired to begin planning an English adaptation for Neal Street Productions. Ben Power, Deputy Artistic Director for the National Theatre, was commissioned to create a new version of this epic play, using a literal English translation by Mirella Cheeseman.

    Director Sam 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. We are indebted to the National Theatre and the Park Avenue Armory for their unstinting support throughout, and I couldn’t be more excited to show it to New York audiences and to be extending our London life in the West End.'

    Lisa Burger, NT Executive Director said: 'The Lehman Trilogy’s West End transfer, with all three of the Lehman brothers - Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles - continuing their extraordinary feat of storytelling, is a wonderful development in the life of this spell-binding production and a testament to the work created by Stefano Massini, Ben Power and Sam Mendes. The show has been a complete sell-out here, so it’s great to be working with Neal Street Productions to make sure that more people will have the chance to see it at the Piccadilly Theatre next year.'

    The Lehman Trilogy tickets on sale from 2 November 2018.