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The Lehman Trilogy

A co-production with Neal Street Productions

by Stefano Massini
adapted by Ben Power

Playing until 20 October
Running Time: approximately 3hrs 20min including two 15min intervals

The Lehman Trilogy

Please note: Tickets for The Lehman Trilogy are now sold out. Additional tickets will be available via Friday Rush and Day Tickets.
Tickets are now limited to two per customer across the entire run of The Lehman Trilogy and tickets are not transferable.

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

Sam Mendes directs Simon Russell BealeAdam 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.

Sam Mendes (SkyfallKing Lear) returns to the National to direct Ben Power's English version of Stefano Massini’s vast and poetic play, a hit across Europe.

Please note: This production features some video effects that may cause dizziness. It also contains moments and themes that some people may find distressing; you can find out more in our Help centre.

Talks and events

Director Sam Mendes and Adapter Ben Power on The Lehman Trilogy, Thu 13 September
The American Dream on Stage, Fri 14 September
Is the American Dream Dead? Fri 14 September
Designing The Lehman Trilogy with Es Devlin Studio, Mon 17 September
Modern Jewish Identity, Fri 21 September
16 - 21: Working with Scripts, Wed 26 September, 5pm


Media Partners
The Wall Street Journal
Financial News

5 star rating

What an astonishing evening! Engrossing play and an acting masterclass

5 star rating

Theatre at its best. Sam Mendes triumphs

The Times
4 star rating

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

The Stage
4 star rating

Absorbingly performed. A trio of performances you can bank on

Evening Standard
4 star rating

A powerful play directed by Sam Mendes with extraordinary elegance

4 star rating

Ingenious. Three fine actors play out historical saga

Daily Mail
4 star rating

A magical piece of storytelling. Towering performances from three magnificent actors

What's On Stage
4 star rating

Riveting. A hugely entertaining drama

Radio Times
4 star rating

Sam Mendes directs an epic piece of storytelling

Time Out

The Lehman Trilogy | Behind the scenes

More info

The Lehman Trilogy | Production gallery

The Lehman Trilogy | Rehearsal gallery


Production team

New York photography courtesy National Archives and Records Administration. Tightrope walker photography by Sorted

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