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.
Adam Godley, Ben Miles, Simon Russell Beale
The Lehman Trilogy – How to trash an entire planet's economy
What killed the world's economy in 2008? Bad lending, poor financial practices, greed, stupidity, short sightedness... and the Lehman Brothers' bank. Now we're enjoying the theatrical fallout in the shape of the National theatre’s The Lehman Trilogy, which transfers to the West End after a sell-out run at the Lyttelton.
On a chilly September morning in 1844, a young man from Bavaria stands at New York's docks. He's dreaming about the new life that awaits him in the new world. When he's joined by his two brothers, a remarkable story starts. 163 years later, Lehman Brothers collapses into spectacular bankruptcy, and the biggest financial crisis in history begins.
The financial crisis is still going on. We're still suffering under austerity measures. The banks are still doing what they always did, regardless, and the taxpayer has footed the bill. We need this play, if only to remind those in power about the danger of hubris.
It's a 'vast and poetic' play that's proving remarkable popular, maybe because people are still reeling from the crisis. As The Guardian says, it's an, “astonishing evening! Engrossing play and an acting masterclass". The Times gives it four stars, saying it is, “Theatre at its best.” The Stage says it's a “Spectacular saga magnificently performed by Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles". The Evening Standard says it is "Absorbingly performed. A trio of performances you can bank on". The Independent calls it "A powerful play directed by Sam Mendes with extraordinary elegance”. And the Daily Mail gives it four stars, saying it's, “Ingenious. Three fine actors play out historical saga".
If you'd like to experience a magical piece of real-life storytelling, with towering performances from three of our finest actors, this one is for you. Only Sam Mendes could make a story about financial services fascinating!
Who is this show for?
Being 3 hours 20 minutes long and about banking, this play is intended for people who understand the implications of a global financial crisis. It isn't suitable for children.
What to expect:Acting
Recommended for:Anyone (33%)
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 08 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 19 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
by Phil Willmott | Friday, July 13 2018, 09:54
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