Two centuries of global financial history unfolded on stage as The Lehman Trilogy performed on Broadway at the Nederlander Theater. Now, the coin ends its scheduled limited run on January 2 after starting previews on September 25, 2021 and opening on October 14.
Olivier winner Adrian Lester makes his Broadway debut in the play; he replaced Ben Miles (like Emanuel Lehman), who left due to other project engagements after the show’s premieres were cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic. Original company members Simon Russell Beale and Adam Godley reprise their roles as Henry Lehman and Mayer Lehman, respectively.
The Lehman Trilogy is directed by Tony and Oscar-winning actor Sam Mendes. The design team includes set designer Es Devlin, costume designer Katrina Lindsay, video designer Luke Halls, lighting designer Jon Clark, songwriter and sound designer Nick Powell, sound co-designer Dominic Bilkey, music director Candida Caldicot and Associate Director Zoe Ford Burnett with Polly Bennett Movement.
Written by Stefano Massini and adapted by Ben Power, The Lehman Trilogy weaves nearly two centuries of family history to trace the humble beginnings, scandalous successes and devastating failure of the financial institution that would eventually bring the global economy to its knees. A novelization was published in June 2020.
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After Broadway, the play will be seen in West Coast engagements at the Center Theater Group’s Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles (March 3-April 10, 2022) with Howard W. Overshown joining Beale and Godley in the cast. It will then be performed from April 20 to May 22 at the Geary Theater of the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.
The Broadway staging follows its English premiere at the National Theater in London in 2018, its North American debut at the Park Avenue Armory in 2019, and a subsequent engagement in the West End. The Lehman Trilogy is presented on Broadway by the National Theater and Neal Street Productions.