New York | 3h 20m | In Previews: Opens Mar 27

The Lehman Trilogy

From 5 critic and 1 member reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

About the show

Making its North American premiere, this National Theatre production traces the trajectory of western capitalism by following the fortunes of a single immigrant family. Directed by Sam Mendes. More…

From the arrival of three brothers from Bavaria to America in search of a new life to the collapse of the firm they established, triggering the largest financial crisis in history, the story of the Lehman Brothers serves as a parable of the shifting definition of the American dream. Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley, and Ben Miles reprise their portrayals of the Lehman Brothers, their sons, and grandsons spanning nearly two centuries and told in three parts on a single evening.

The Guardian (UK)

for a previous production “An intimate epic that becomes a masterly study of acting as well as of the intricacies of high finance...Although Power’s adaptation studiously avoids giving us any lectures, it is hard not to see the play as an account of the shifting definition of the American dream...It would be fascinating to know more about the subprime mortgage scandal, and the way the firm removed liabilities from its balance sheet to create a misleading impression of its stability. Otherwise, this is an engrossing ev... Full Review

The New York Times

for a previous production "What sets 'The Lehman Trilogy' apart is its exceptional concentration of narrative simplicity and depth, in which minimal resources seem to expand into unlimited riches...You are pulled you into its unceasing tidal sweep, as tickled as a toddler with a bedtime story that promises endless permutations. That’s partly because the play’s performers, under Mr. Mendes’s impeccably paced direction, are so inventively mutable." Full Review

The Independent (UK)

for a previous production “An epic that aims to chart the entire hubristic history of American capitalism...All three performers are magnificent...Some may regret that ‘The Lehman Trilogy’ doesn’t give you the lowdown on the subprime mortgage industry or debt-swallowing shadow companies...But, in general, this is a powerful, thought-provoking play and Mendes has directed it with extraordinary elegance and penetration.” Full Review


for a previous production “Massini’s script is a classy affair, storytelling that’s at once sumptuous and spare...On top of clear-sighted financial analogies, Massini never lets an irony pass us by...’The Lehman Trilogy’ succeeds because of its scope...At times, the narrative could use a firm shake...Massini’s script is poor theatre, a story built out of nothing. Mendes’ high-end staging is most certainly not. It’s artful, richly layered, elegantly done, but it’s also missing that vital spark of life.” Full Review

Financial Times (UK)

for a previous production “Ultimately, Massini’s attempt fails. We would not be interested in the story of these three Lehman brothers if we had not already been made aware of the importance of the end of the story of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. As such, the tale has no intrinsic value as a substance, nor any conferred market value as a tradable good; its value is declared only. Philip Lehman would surely have avoided dealing in that kind of thing.” Full Review

During previews
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if It meets its critical acclaim. Great stage craft and acting!!

Don't see it if You can’t sit through long plays.

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