In the much-anticipated, upcoming English-language premiere of Stefano Massini’s The Lehman Trilogy, Adam Godley, Ben Miles and Simon Russell Beale will play the roles of the Lehman brothers. The trilogy, adapted by Ben Power and directed by Sam Mendes, in a co-production with Neal Street Productions will open at the National’s Lyttelton Theatre in July 2018, with exact dates, further cast and creatives to be announced.
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 soon 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.
Stefano Massini’s vast and poetic play unfolds over three parts in a single evening. The world premiere of 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. From a literal English translation by Mirella Cheeseman, Ben Power was commissioned to create a new version of this epic play, which charts the extraordinary story of a family and a company that changed the world.
— Terri Paddock (@TerriPaddock) January 18, 2018