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  • Start: Thursday 25 July - 19:00
  • Auditorium: Great Hall

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The Lehman Trilogy
by Stefano Massini, adapted by Ben Power
directed by Sam Mendes

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

Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) directs Simon Russell Beale, Adam 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.

This critically acclaimed and five-time Olivier Award nominated play features stunning set design from Es Devlin (NT Live: Hamlet) and will be broadcast live from London’s West End as part of National Theatre Live’s 10th Birthday season.


★★★★★ "Astonishing… an acting masterclass." The Guardian

★★★★★ "Theatre at its best. Sam Mendes triumphs" The Times

★★★★ "Spectacular saga… magnificently performed" The Stage

★★★★ "Absorbingly performed. A trio of performances you can bank on" Evening Standard

★★★★ "Enthralling… a powerful, thought-provoking play" Independent

★★★★  "An epic piece of storytelling" Time Out

★★★★ "Riveting. A hugely entertaining drama" Radio Times

★★★★ "A magical piece of storytelling. Towering performances from three magnificent actors" What’s On Stage

★★★★ "Ingenious. Three fine actors play out historical saga" Daily Mail


Running time: 210 minutes (including 2 intervals)

Age guidance: As Live 12A