The Lehman Trilogy
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The Lehman Trilogy

by Stefano Massini, adapted by Ben Power, directed by Sam Mendes

A co-production from National Theatre and Neal Street Productions

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

Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes (Skyfall, The Ferryman) directs Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles who play the Lehman Brothers, their sons and grandsons.

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.

This critically acclaimed and five-time Olivier Award nominated play features stunning set design from Es Devlin (NT Live: Hamlet) and was filmed live in London’s West End as part of National Theatre Live’s 10th Birthday season.



Photography by Mark Douet.

At the National Theatre, we make world-class theatre that is entertaining, challenging and inspiring. And we make it for everyone. Find out more here.

Set up in 2003 by Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris and Caro Newling, Neal Street Productions is one of the UK's most respected production companies, producing distinctive and award-winning film, television and theatre. Find out more here.

Adam Godley, Simon Russell Beale and Ben Miles as the Lehman brothers. Photo by Mark Douet.

What an astonishing evening! Engrossing play and an acting masterclass.


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Adam Godley. Photo by Mark Douet.

Spectacular saga magnificently performed by Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles. 

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Ben Miles. Photo by Mark Douet.


Simon Russell Beale. Photo by Mark Douet.

Theatre at its best. Sam Mendes triumphs.


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