The Lehman Trilogy

The Lehman Trilogy

Piccadilly Theatre · 11 MAY - 03 AUG

A co-production with Neal Street Productions

“Transfer from the NT for Sam Mendes’ staging of Stefano Massini’s play that tells the story of how three 19th century German Jewish immigrants went from nothing to founding one of the biggest investment banks in America until its collapse in 2008 caused global financial meltdown. A mixture of dynastic drama following three generations and critique of capitalism this is both a history lesson but also something more that arrives in the West End with its highly acclaimed original cast leads: Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles.”
“This 3hr 20min epic charts the story of Lehman Brothers, from its nineteenth century foundation by three Bavarian immigrants to its infamous collapse in 2007. With all-star director Sam Mendes in charge, this was a massive hit at the National Theatre, then it lit up New York and is returning to London for a West End run.”


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

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.

Critic reviews

Spectacular saga about the banking family magnificently performed by Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles

The Stage

Sam Mendes’s magnificent tale of bank brothers is right on the money

The Times

Mendes is on the money with astonishing saga

The Guardian

Magnificent performers multitask in this epic story of the Lehman Brothers family business

The Independent

Sam Mendes directs a trio of performances you can bank on

Evening Standard

He Lehman Brothers is a symphony: powerful, authentic, and fascinating

The Upcoming

This is a long play, but the actors attack a dense script with such energy, humour and classical mastery that the drama canters weightlessly on through 174 years

London Theatre

The chemistry between the three actors is superb – Miles fierily assertive, Russell Beale ably negotiating the spectrum from whimsical to philosophical, Godley utterly inhabiting whichever role he takes on

The Arts Desk

A bankably brilliant theatrical experience

The Telegraph

Date & time

Until 03 Aug
Sat 11 May - Sat 3 Aug, 1pm & 7pm


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16 Denman Street W1D 7D London, UK · Get Directions
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