Three hour-long plays, two intervals, three men in black frock-coats explain some financial history in a revolving glass box in front of a projected, mainly monochrome, cyclorama. When The Lehman Trilogy triumphed at the National Theatre in 2018 I wrote “this show has no right to be so much fun”. Recast and home again, it still is a treat after waltzing Broadway and LA and winning a Tony for Best Play.
Notwithstanding its flawed message, in these times of unparalleled political polarisation The Lehman Trilogy will be lapped up by eager audiences. And for sheer technical theatrical genius, the play is in a class of its own.
The West End transfer of the National Theatre’s The Lehman Trilogy, directed by Sam Mendes, will play at the Piccadilly Theatre from 11 May 2019 for a 12-week season. Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles will reprise the roles they originated at the National.
Stefano Massini’s work about the origins of Lehman Brothers Bank is a domestic epic and a remarkable evening of theatre.
The financial crash of 2008 has much to answer for, I think. Top of the list? Brexit and President Trump. One thing it has yet to really produce though, for my money (pun intended), is any really great theatre. Or perhaps I should qualify that statement: no really great theatre in English.
Like America promises so much to Henry Lehman when he stands on the dock side, The Lehman Trilogy at the National Theatre promised so much as well.
Sam Mendes directs this production of Stefano Massini’s The Lehman Trilogy starring Simon Russell Beale, Ben Miles and Adam Godley. Here Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews…
Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.
The clarity and resonance of the writing turns the tale into art, and the quality of direction, design and, above all, the magnificence of the acting, make this one of the best theatre experiences of the entire year.
Like two of its major successes last year, Oslo and Network, and despite some flaws, The Lehman Trilogy is another unmissable state-of-our-world account from the NT. Do see it if you can.
The Lehman Trilogy is an intelligent look behind the scenes of the American Dream and the smoke and mirrors of the corporate world, brought to light by Mendes’ astute direction and a stellar cast.
The Lehman Trilogy is a tale of boom to bust: Stefano Massini’s epic play, adaptedby Ben Power, takes a generational viewpoint to move us through 170 years of American history and three generations of Lehman men.
Moral, intriguing, endlessly entertaining, The Lehman Trilogy is a fluent masterclass from three of our finest actors. Awed.
The Lehman Trilogy is a substantial achievement, a beautifully balanced depiction of the role of one family in a much wider history of America.
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, directed by Sam Mendes.
National Theatre artistic director Rufus Norris announced the flagship institution’s 2018 plans at a press conference held today. Here are details of programming in the three auditoria at the NT’s South Bank home.