Sam Mendes returns to the National Theatre to direct Ben Power’s English version of Stefano Massini’s vast and poetic play The Lehman Trilogy. Adam Godley, Ben Miles and Simon Russell Beale play the Lehman brothers, their sons and grandsons. With set design by Es Devlin, video design by Luke Halls, costume design by Katrina Lindsay, lighting by Jon Clark, music and sound by Nick Powell and movement by Polly Bennett.
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, opening in the Lyttelton Theatre in July 2018.
The Lehman Trilogy is at The National Theatre 4h July – 20th October 2018.