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The Lehman Trilogy

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  • Opens: Wednesday, 25 September 2024
    Booking until: Sunday, 5 January 2025
  • Running time: 3hr 20min. Incl. 2 intervals.
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The Lehman Trilogy in London

The highly praised, five-time Tony Award-winning production from Sam Mendes makes a triumphant return to the West End for a limited engagement beginning in September. The Lehman Trilogy is an epic tale of a family through generations and a company that transformed the world.

Why you should see The Lehman Trilogy

  • The play provides a riveting exploration of history, finance, and family dynamics, making it both educational and emotionally engaging.
  • The Lehman Trilogy snapped up 5 Tony Awards including Best New Play.
  • It returns for its third run in the West End, proving how popular it is with London audiences.

The Lehman Trilogy - the story

On a chilly September morning in 1844, a family from Bavaria arrived at New York's docks, eager to start a new life in the USA. Join the Lehman family as they embark on a journey from a modest cotton trading business to the financial empire that profoundly influenced the global economy. As generations pass, The Lehman Trilogy delves into the complexities of ambition, success, and the eventual downfall of their firm.

About The Lehman Trilogy

Directed by Sam Mendes, this is a masterful production known for its innovative staging and compelling performances. The Lehman Trilogy offers a sweeping narrative that spans over 150 years, with the three-act play by Stefano Massini being translated into over 24 languages over the years. Sam Mendes' production was first staged by the National Theatre in 2018 before transferring onto Broadway in March 2020, performing briefly before the pandemic. The Lehman Trilogy was last staged in the West End at the Piccadilly Theatre for a 16-week run which ended in August 2019.

The cast and creative of The Lehman Trilogy

John Heffernan, Aaron Krohn and Howard W. Overshown will reprise their roles in this limited West End run, following a critically acclaimed run in San Francisco, playing the Lehman brothers, their sons and grandsons. Cat Beveridge and Anyssa Neumann will reprise their performances as principal and alternate pianists.

Mendes is joined by set designer, Es Devlin; costume designer, Katrina Lindsay; video designer, Luke Halls; lighting designer Jon Clark; composer and sound designer, Nick Powell; co-sound designer, Dominic Bilkey; music director, Candida Caldicot; movement director, Polly Bennett and West End Director, Rory McGregor. Company voice work is by Charmian Hoare with casting by Naomi Downham. They are joined by associate lighting designer, Charlotte Burton and associate video designer Zakk Hein.

The Lehman Trilogy offers audiences unparalleled storytelling that intertwines personal drama with global historic events. Don't miss the chance to experience the critically acclaimed production during this limited run.

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The Lehman Trilogy Ticket Information

  • Opens:

    Wednesday, 25 September 2024

  • Booking until:

    Sunday, 5 January 2025

  • Running time:

    3hr 20min. Incl. 2 intervals.

  • Age restrictions

    Under 4s will not be admitted. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Important Information

    _Please note

    This production features instances of flashing lights and some video effects that may cause dizziness. There will be instances of total darkness (lasting 15 seconds) and gunshot sound effects.

    The production contains moments and themes that some people may find distressing. This includes the non-graphic depiction of a suicide and mentions of suicide. There is also infrequent mention of death, war and slavery.

  • Cancellations & Refunds

    Once booked, tickets to The Lehman Trilogy are usually non exchangeable and non refundable as per our terms & conditions. In practice, however, we will do our best to accommodate your request as long as we are notified at least 48 hours before the performance. Please contact us for more information.

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The Lehman Trilogy reviews

4.7 out of 5 41 reviews

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Please note the reviews below are from an old production of The Lehman Trilogy.

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Disappointing

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.

L Reviewed on 14 May 2023 by
London, United Kingdom

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Don' t miss this music box

great story, great actors, flawless mise-en-scene.

S Reviewed on 09 May 2023 by
Montignoso, Italy

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A Reviewed on 20 April 2023 by
London, United Kingdom

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Must See

Superb production … highly recommend. Definitely does not feel like 3 hrs 20 mins! Recommend ordering drinks for the interval.

A Reviewed on 15 April 2023 by
Chalfont St Giles, United Kingdom

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THought provoking.......

Very historical and erudite show!

K Reviewed on 26 March 2023 by
Portland, United States Of America

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Educational

Very good for the first two acts, perhaps a little confusing in the conclusion. However, the acting was brilliant and well worth the investment

G Reviewed on 14 February 2023 by
Shaftesbury, United Kingdom

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Biblical references making it top notch!

J Reviewed on 06 February 2023 by
Southampton, United Kingdom

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A brilliantly economical and even poetical script, brilliantly acted and with perfect sets.

C Reviewed on 27 August 2019 by
Oxford, United Kingdom

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Best director . best actors . Superb

Excellent . too long - and I missed women actresses . from any possible vision - the best of the best

N Reviewed on 26 August 2019 by
Ramat Gan, Israel

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Brilliant! A must see and glimpse into greed!

M Reviewed on 25 August 2019 by
Harpenden, United Kingdom

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Fantastic! Great acting, poetic script, cool choreography and historically super interesting story!!

Fantastic! Great acting, poetic script, cool choreography and historically super interesting story!!

C Reviewed on 21 August 2019 by
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Extraordinary

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!

S Reviewed on 18 August 2019 by
Grays, United Kingdom

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Absolutely wonderful

Rich, wonderfully told story of the Lehman brothers.

I Reviewed on 11 August 2019 by
Watford, United Kingdom

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Poetic, epic, like an opera without singing!

E Reviewed on 28 July 2019 by
Cambridge, United Kingdom

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An excellent performance by three talent actors, story telling at its best !

S Reviewed on 27 July 2019 by
Frankfurt Am Main, Germany

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Over-hyped

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.

C Reviewed on 22 July 2019 by
Ivry-sur-seine, France

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Great Script & Performance

A cleverly constructed play with only three actors, creative story telling with wonderful performances.

B Reviewed on 30 June 2019 by
North Point, Hong Kong

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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.

F Reviewed on 19 June 2019 by
Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Brilliant play - must see !

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.

L Reviewed on 18 June 2019 by
Watford, United Kingdom

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It made me love theatre again

C Reviewed on 16 June 2019 by
Brussels, Belgium

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A beautifully told and acted story

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.

D Reviewed on 10 June 2019 by
London, United Kingdom

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Very interesting but need to be ready to concentrate for a very long time!

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!

S Reviewed on 07 June 2019 by
Peterborough, United Kingdom

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DAZZLING

A bit too long. Otherwise, excellent.

M Reviewed on 05 June 2019 by
London, United Kingdom

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Extremely engaging

Very intense play, keeping you extremely engaged, very informative with lots of facts and historical relevance. Highly recommended!

M Reviewed on 02 June 2019 by
London, United Kingdom

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Mendes Magic

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.

K Reviewed on 31 May 2019 by
Chelmsford, United Kingdom

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Lehman rocks

Outstanding story and performances for anyone with an interest in business and family histories.

S Reviewed on 29 May 2019 by
London, United Kingdom

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A tedious historical narrative with only occasional humour

A Reviewed on 27 May 2019 by
Exeter, United Kingdom

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Perfection

H Reviewed on 19 May 2019 by
London, United Kingdom

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Best theatre I’ve seen in a long time. Don’t miss it !

C Reviewed on 18 May 2019 by
Shenley Radlett, United Kingdom

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Fantastic acting and show

I would recommend this show highly. Fantastic acting and production.

C Reviewed on 18 May 2019 by
Whitchurch, United Kingdom

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Fantastic show!

L Reviewed on 12 May 2019 by
Belfast, United Kingdom

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THE LEHMAN TRILOGY will return to London this Autumn

by Emmie Newitt | Monday, June 17 2024, 09:07

Sam Mendes' critically acclaimed, five-time Tony Award winning production will return to the West End following highly acclaimed international performances this September.

the lehman trilogyJohn Heffernan, Howard W. Overshown, Aaron Krohn in The Lehman Trilogy 2024. Photo by Kevin Berne

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Stuart King

Critic Stuart King Looks Back on his 10 Favourite Productions of 2019

by Stuart King | Thursday, January 2 2020, 10:23

The Lehman Trilogy Play - London 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.

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Phil Willmott

Review: THE LEHMAN TRILOGY at the National Theatre

by Phil Willmott | Friday, July 13 2018, 08:54

Lehman trilogy 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.

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