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This is a true story told in three parts on a single evening. It has been hailed by The New York Times as 'a genuinely epic production'. The Lehman Trilogy weaves the story of three Bavarian brothers and the bank that changed the world... but not in a good way. The National Theatre and Neal Street Productions' radical production is set to make a triumphant return to London after a widely-acclaimed season in Los Angeles and a run on Broadway that delighted the critics.
What's the plot of The Lehman Trilogy?
This fantastic production has won 5 Tony Awards including Best Play. It’s directed by the Academy Award, Tony Award and Golden Globe winner Sam Mendes. And it features a cast of three playing the Lehman brothers, their sons, and their grandsons. The result is an extraordinary feat of storytelling that’ll leave you spellbound. Your venue is the Gillian Lynne Theatre and the show is booking for 24th January 2023 to 20th May 2023.
In 2008 the global economy crashed spectacularly. At the heart of the crisis lay unwise lending, dodgy financial practices, greed... and Lehman Brothers bank. The fall-out from the crash is still affecting the world’s finances. Prepare to be shocked, surprised, and imaginatively informed about one of the planet’s worst ever financial crashes.
The plot? On a chilly September morning in 1844, a young man from Bavaria stands at New York's docks, keen to begin a new life in the USA. His two brothers join him and the bank they set up soars to the heights of the financial world. 163 years later, the Lehman Brothers bank collapses in a spectacular bankruptcy that affects the entire world.
Who is The Lehman Trilogy for?
This production is 3 hours 20 minutes long. The subject is banking. It isn’t suitable for children. Please use common sense when deciding whether younger people will find it interesting.
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- Booking until:
Saturday,20 May 2023
- Running time:
3 Hours 20 Minutes
- Age restrictions
Under 4's will not be admitted. Anyone under the age of 16 has to be accompanied by an adult aged 18+.
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Pros: Good writing / storytelling. Interesting genre in terms of how it's made. Didn't get boring. Cons: No real dialogue. It's 3 men one stage telling a story and occasionally pretending to be one of the characters in the story. There is no costume change and the set is just a rotating room with stuff projected on a screen behind. I expected more.
Reviewed on 14 May 2023 by Leanne, London, United Kingdom
great story, great actors, flawless mise-en-scene.
Reviewed on 09 May 2023 by Sofia, Montignoso, Italy
Reviewed on 20 April 2023 by Andrew, London, United Kingdom
Superb production … highly recommend. Definitely does not feel like 3 hrs 20 mins! Recommend ordering drinks for the interval.
Reviewed on 15 April 2023 by Alison, Chalfont St Giles, United Kingdom
Very historical and erudite show!
Reviewed on 26 March 2023 by Kyle, Portland, United States Of America
Very good for the first two acts, perhaps a little confusing in the conclusion. However, the acting was brilliant and well worth the investment
Reviewed on 14 February 2023 by Geoffrey, Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 06 February 2023 by Jemima, Southampton, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 27 August 2019 by Colin, Oxford, United Kingdom
Excellent . too long - and I missed women actresses . from any possible vision - the best of the best
Reviewed on 26 August 2019 by Naomi, Ramat Gan, Israel
Reviewed on 25 August 2019 by Marie, Harpenden, United Kingdom
Fantastic! Great acting, poetic script, cool choreography and historically super interesting story!!
Reviewed on 21 August 2019 by Chantal, Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Lehman Trilogy Sell your children, sell your house, even sell yourself if you have to in order to get tickets. This was the most engaging play I have seen in a long time (and I’ve seen a few!) From the opening line to the last this kept me enthralled through out its 3 hour running time (split into three distinct chapters, obviously its called a trilogy for a reason). Firstly the cast were excellent. Using the third person we, the audience, were brought into the play. To me it seemed a living audio book and the poetry of the script comforted you like curling up with a good book on a winter’s night. I saw the play after Ben Miles left, to be replaced by Dominick Tiefenthaler. I don’t know how Bens performance was but Dominick was flawless. As indeed was Adam Godley and Simon Russell Beale. They felt like family telling you the story together with playing all the parts from crying babies to ancient rabbi. There is humour, tradegy and tension and the script plays like a piece of classical music where words and phrases are reused in different scenes like motifs in an overture. The set, well you have to see it to appriciate how intertwined it is with the story playing out before you. Sam Mendes certainly deserves whatever they give him for the plays direction. There are no answers to the final crash, this isn’t a study of how the bank collapsed and there is no moralistic brow beating (they originally made their money through the slave cotton industry). It’s is a story of a family and how, when you lose control of something you built, it is up to the gods to decide the fate of your future. Lastly the fourth actor is the piano played live at the side of the stage and praise goes to the piano player (didn’t catch who it was) whose music introduces each section and becomes as much an actor as the cast. There isn’t long left. Just go!
Reviewed on 18 August 2019 by Stuart, Grays, United Kingdom
Rich, wonderfully told story of the Lehman brothers.
Reviewed on 11 August 2019 by Ira, Watford, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 28 July 2019 by Edna, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 27 July 2019 by Sofia, Frankfurt Am Main, Germany
Although we enjoyed the show, it was not nearly as good as rave reviews insisted. The staging, lighting, set design costumes were all fine. But by Act 2 & 3, they substituted for a good story The play has been brutally cut from the original at the expense of a comprehensive Final act. The Twist gets in the way and takes the focus off of wha was missing (follow-through storyline.). Acting was very good indeed, but that's what actors get paid for when they're hired. I can sympathise that they had already done a Saturday matinée, but my husband and I could not make out quite a bit of the dialogue. The lighting sometimes glared directly into our eyes. The music was excellent, but sometimes overpowered the dialogue. We had great seats, but the theatre really has no AC, and left us gasping for fresh air at intermission. The orchestra WC was out of order,(and ladies, you know how inconvenient that is!) All in all, a very good show, but for an astounding price of £125 per seat I was stunned to see a work still in progress with glitz and staging to compensate. I wish I'd seen the six-hour version in a much smaller theatre. The show is for a BW/West end audience that loves the buzz and all that jazz.
Reviewed on 22 July 2019 by Christine, Ivry-sur-seine, France
A cleverly constructed play with only three actors, creative story telling with wonderful performances.
Reviewed on 30 June 2019 by Benson, North Point, Hong Kong
Great acting made up for an overlong play which focused far too much on the early years of the Lehman brothers' life and then skipped over the more interesting later part of the family's life.
Reviewed on 19 June 2019 by Frances, Birmingham, United Kingdom
The set is very clever and innovative. The three actors are absolutely first class. Runs over 3.5 hours with two intervals - keeps the audience engaged throughout. Don't miss this play.
Reviewed on 18 June 2019 by Lisa, Watford, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 16 June 2019 by Cristina, Brussels, Belgium
This was the second time I saw the play within two weeks. I did not expect to love it as much when I saw it the first time but loved it I did. Then I simply had to take my mother and closest friend to see it too. It is wonderfully written and the actors are outstanding. One of the best plays I have seen in a while.
Reviewed on 10 June 2019 by Dora, London, United Kingdom
Very interesting story acted very well but found it quite difficult to maintain concentration for the entire time as it's a complex, fast paced story for 3hrs 40mins!
Reviewed on 07 June 2019 by Samantha, Peterborough, United Kingdom
A bit too long. Otherwise, excellent.
Reviewed on 05 June 2019 by Michael, London, United Kingdom
Very intense play, keeping you extremely engaged, very informative with lots of facts and historical relevance. Highly recommended!
Reviewed on 02 June 2019 by Maja, London, United Kingdom
Possibly the best play I've ever seen. The rotating set is used imaginatively and effectively. Each actor holds their own on the stage, perfect delivery, flitting between characters and eras, and without a costume change are still mesmerising and engaging. The script is skillful with great pace, poinancy and at points great humour. It's a long play but never dull and no step in the story is lingered on more than necessary. I was hooked throughout.
Reviewed on 31 May 2019 by Kerstin, Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Outstanding story and performances for anyone with an interest in business and family histories.
Reviewed on 29 May 2019 by Simon, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 27 May 2019 by Anne, Exeter, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 19 May 2019 by Helen, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 18 May 2019 by Caryn, Shenley Radlett, United Kingdom
I would recommend this show highly. Fantastic acting and production.
Reviewed on 18 May 2019 by Catherine, Whitchurch, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 12 May 2019 by Louise, Belfast, United Kingdom
Critic Stuart King Looks Back on his 10 Favourite Productions of 2019
by Stuart King | Thursday, January 2 2020, 10:23
During a politically turbulent year, London has once again played host to an eclectic mix of theatrical productions and despite continuing monetary constraints, has enabled many and diverse creative talents, to flourish.
Among the plethora of new and revival plays and musicals at fringe and West End venues this year, here is this reviewer’s personal Top 10 which deserve mentioning.Critic Stuart King Looks Back on his 10 Favourite Productions of 2019
Review: THE LEHMAN TRILOGY at the National Theatre
by Phil Willmott | Friday, July 13 2018, 08:54
London theatre has already offered two theatrical marathons this year, THE INHERITANCE soon to return to the West End, and IMPERIUM, currently playing at the Gielgud Theatre. Both clock in at around seven hours. By comparison the LEHMAN TRILOGY at the National is a mere three and a half hours and can be viewed in a single performance.Review: THE LEHMAN TRILOGY at the National Theatre