The Lehman Trilogy at National Theatre - Lyttelton tickets
The Lehman Trilogy at National Theatre - Lyttelton tickets

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About the show

Simon Russell Beale stars in an electrifying new production of Stefano Massini’s The Lehman Trilogy, adapted by Ben Power and directed by the acclaimed Sam Mendes. Playing a limited season at the National’s Lyttelton Theatre, the epic three-part play receives its London premiere at the venue.

In 1844, a young man from Bavaria dreamed of a new life in America. In 2008, the financial services firm he and his brothers founded filed for the largest bankruptcy in US history, causing a shockwave that reverberated around the world.

Spanning the company’s 150 years; from the founding of their little cotton brokerage firm to the monstrosity that caused a global, financial crisis, The Lehman Trilogy has been widely performed across Europe. Following a family who dreamed of a better future, the poetic play encapsulates the downfall of the American dream, documenting one of the biggest financial crises in world history.

Multi-award winning actor Simon Russell Beale stars, with credits spanning the RSC, National Theatre and the West End, with productions including King Lear, Privates on Parade and The Hot House. Further casting includes Ben Miles (The Crown, Wolf Hall) and Adam Godley, whose work spans across stage and screen.

The Lehman Trilogy is directed by Sam Mendes, whose most recent work includes The Ferryman and James Bond films Skyfall and Spectre. Creative team includes set designer Es Devlin, video designer Luke Halls, costume designer Katrina Lindsay, lighting designer Jon Clark and sound designer Nick Powell.

A vast play that documents a defining moment in history, The Lehman Trilogy plays for a strictly limited season at the National Theatre’s Lyttelton stage, from 4 July to 8 August 2018, with a press night on 12 July 2018.

Recommended for

News junkies, current affairs followers and fans of the cast and creative team won’t want to pass up the opportunity to see the English adaptation of this Italian play, featuring a stellar cast.

Age Recommendations: Not suitable for children

Dates and times

Running time: 3 hours 40 minutes (including intervals)
Opened: 04 Jul 2018
Press night: 12 Jul 2018
Booking from: 04 Jul 2018
Booking until: 08 Aug 2018

Location and map

National Theatre - Lyttelton
National Theatre, Southbank
London, SE1 9PX

23 Reviews Add review

Thought this might be a bit 'dry' but was completely wrong! An excellent three-hander, brilliant actors playing all the parts with... More

alisonb 5'8", 27 reviews, 0 helpful votes

What an excellent play with some of the finest acting I have seen onstage in a long time! The three principal actors playing the Lehman... More

joc78 5"4, 380 reviews, 4 helpful votes

The show's success is rooted in its' three lead actors who impressively take on a multitude of roles throughout this 3 and a half hour... More

LondonLass 5"1, 227 reviews, 14 helpful votes

Brilliant staging and incredible performances. A must-see production!

londontheatrefan 5'4", 191 reviews, 5 helpful votes

Enjoyable as a piece but it has issues - mainly the lack of women and how they are portrayed! A very interesting look into the history... More

rochellebalboa 5"9, 130 reviews, 25 helpful votes

Absolutely loved this play. Looking forward to the transfer!

caz83 5’10, 128 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I thought this was an incredible piece of work, looking at Lehman Brothers and what led to its inevitable collapse (the fact it survived... More

braintree 155cm, 64 reviews, 6 helpful votes

juliapal 170, 44 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Fantastic show. Superb trio of performances, stunning set and lovely music. My theatre highlight of 2018.

catch22 6"1, 50 reviews, 2 helpful votes