“THE LEHMAN TRILOGY” TO BEGIN PERFORMANCES ON SEPT. 25 ON BROADWAY
FOR RELEASE ON FRIDAY, JUNE 4, 2021
THE NATIONAL THEATRE AND
NEAL STREET PRODUCTIONS
“THE LEHMAN TRILOGY”
BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 25, 2021
**OPENING NIGHT SET FOR OCTOBER 14, 2021**
99 PERFORMANCES ONLY!
BY STEFANO MASSINI
ADAPTED BY BEN POWER
ACADEMY AWARD® AND TONY AWARD® WINNER
SIMON RUSSELL BEALE, ADAM GODLEY
IN HIS BROADWAY DEBUT
***TICKETS ON SALE JUNE 9 AT 10AM ET***
New York, NY – The National Theatre and Neal Street Productions announced today that the highly-acclaimed, five-time Olivier Award nominated epic play, The Lehman Trilogy, is set to resume performances on Broadway on Saturday, September 25, with an opening night set for Thursday, October 14 at the Nederlander Theatre. The Lehman Trilogy, by Stefano Massini and adapted by Ben Power, comes to Broadway after the smash-hit, sold-out runs at London’s National Theatre and New York’s Park Avenue Armory, as well as a by-popular-demand sold out engagement in London’s West End. Directed by Academy Award and Tony Award winner Sam Mendes, The Lehman Trilogy will star returning original company members Simon Russell Beale and Adam Godley, with Adrian Lester joining the cast and making his Broadway debut.
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The Lehman Trilogy was first commissioned by originating producer Neal Street Productions and developed and co-produced with the National Theatre at the Lyttelton Theatre in 2018, followed by an acclaimed SRO run at the Park Avenue Armory in the Spring of 2019, before returning to London for a 16 week sold-out run at the Piccadilly Theatre in the West End, May to August 2019.
Weaving together nearly two centuries of family history, this epic theatrical event and New York Times Critics’ pick charts the humble beginnings, outrageous successes, and devastating failure of the financial institution that would ultimately bring the global economy to its knees. The Lehman Trilogy, “a remarkable, spellbinding exercise in storytelling” (The Washington Post), is the quintessential story of western capitalism, rendered through the lens of a single immigrant family. Simon Russell Beale and Adam Godley reprise their critically acclaimed portrayals of the Lehman brothers, their sons, and grandsons, told in three parts presented as one evening in this “extraordinary theatrical experience” (The Daily Telegraph). And the company welcomes the heralded Adrian Lester for this special Broadway engagement in his Broadway debut.
Sam Mendes said, “It couldn’t be more perfect that Adrian Lester will be joining our production of The Lehman Trilogy on Broadway. He was the first person I offered the role to, way back when we first mounted the production in London at the National Theatre, so on some level it feels like destiny. His joining the company at this moment in time offers the perfect opportunity to reflect on the Lehman family history. Directing Adrian as Bobby in Stephen Sondheim’s Company 25 years ago was one of the true highlights of my career, and now I’m utterly delighted to be able to continue that relationship with this, his Broadway debut.”
In a statement, Adrian Lester commented, “This will be the second time I’ve worked with Sam after Company and though I have played New York before, this will be my first time on Broadway. Years after Sam and I first discussed my involvement in this incredible project, I am now so pleased the ups and downs of actors’ availabilities has finally offered me the chance to be a part of this fantastic production. The Lehman Trilogy asks a lot of the three actors. I’m very excited and really looking forward to starting rehearsals.”
Following a 14-week run on Broadway, The Lehman Trilogy will visit Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles (3 March – 10 April 2022) and American Conservatory Theater’s Geary Theater in San Francisco (20 April – 22 May 2022), with casting to be announced.
The design team for The Lehman Trilogy includes two-time Tony Award nominee Es Devlin (Scenic Design), two-time Tony Award winner Katrina Lindsay (Costume Design), Luke Halls (Video Design), Jon Clark (Lighting Design), Tony Award nominee Nick Powell (Composer & Sound Design), Dominic Bilkey (Co-Sound Design), Candida Caldicot (Music Direction), and Polly Bennett (Movement). The Associate Director is Zoé Ford Burnett.
Recent hit Broadway productions from the National Theatre include Network (Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for Bryan Cranston), Angels in America (3 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Play; Drama Desk Award; Drama League Award; Outer Critics Circle Award), and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (5 Tony Awards including Best Play; Drama Desk Award; Drama League Award; Outer Critic’s Circle Award). Neal Street Productions’ recent Broadway hits include The Ferryman (4 Tony Awards, including Best Play and Best Director of a Play).
The Lehman Trilogy and The Nederlander Theatre will follow New York State, New York City and CDC guidelines to ensure the safety of all actors, production staff, theatre employees, and audience members. As public health conditions and the State’s guidance for performing arts and live entertainment changes, the theatre will remain flexible and adapt to applicable health protocols, such as face coverings, health screening, enhanced air filtration and ventilation, and rigorous cleaning and disinfection.
To learn more about Broadway’s commitment to a safe and responsible return for our audience, visit www.broadwaybrighter.com.
Simon Russell Beale’s (Henry Lehman) theatre career began with plays at the Traverse and Lyceum in Edinburgh. His first London appearance was in William Gaskill’s Royal Court production of Women Beware Women. For the National Theatre: The Lehman Trilogy (also Park Avenue Armory, New York and West End), King Lear, 50 Years on Stage, Timon of Athens, Collaborators, London Assurance, Major Barbara, Landscape and A Slight Ache, Much Ado About Nothing, The Alchemist, The Life of Galileo, Jumpers (also West End and New York), Humble Boy (also West End), the title role in Hamlet, Battle Royal, Candide, Summerfolk, Money, Othello, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and Volpone. For the RSC: The Tempest, King Lear, Ghosts, the title roles in Richard III and Edward II, The Seagull, Troilus and Cressida, The Man of Mode and Restoration. Other theatre includes The Hothouse at Trafalgar Studios; Bluebird for Atlantic Theatre Company, New York; Privates on Parade and Death Trap at the Noël Coward; The Winter’s Tale and The Cherry Orchard at the Old Vic, in New York and on an international tour; Monty Python’s Spamalot on Broadway and in the West End; for the Donmar: The Philanthropist, Uncle Vanya, Twelfth Night and Temple; Julius Caesar at the Barbican and on international tour; Richard II and Macbeth at the Almeida; and The Duchess of Mal at Greenwich and Wyndham’s. Dance includes Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for the Royal Ballet. Television includes “Vanity Fair,” “Legacy,” “Parkinson: Masterclass,” “Henry IV Parts 1 and 2,” “Spooks,” “John Adams,” “Dunkirk,” “The Young Visiters,” “Great Historians: Gibbon,” “A Dance to the Music of Time,” “Persuasion” and “The Mushroom Pickers.” Film includes The Death of Stalin, My Week with Marilyn, The Deep Blue Sea, The Gathering, Alice in Wonderland, An Ideal Husband, The Temptation of Franz Schubert and Hamlet. He has narrated several books and voiced three roles for the Shakespeare CD Series. Narrations for television include presenting “Sacred Victoria,” “Symphony” and “Sacred Music.” Concerts include First Night of the Proms, Stravinsky Promenade and Sondheim Birthday Promenade. Simon Russell Beale is an associate artist of the RSC. In 2019 he was awarded a Knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to the Arts.
Adam Godley’s (Mayer Lehman) work in theatre includes The Lehman Trilogy (also Park Avenue Armory, New York and West End), From Morning to Midnight, Paul, Two Thousand Years, The Pillowman, Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick (Olivier nomination), Mr A’s Amazing Maze Plays, Watch on the Rhine and Close of Play at the National; The White Devil, Three Hours After Marriage and The General from America for the RSC; Anything Goes (Tony and Drama Desk nominations and Outer Critics’ Circle Award-winner) at the Stephen Sondheim, New York; Mouth to Mouth (Olivier nomination) and Mr Kolpert at the Royal Court; The Critic at the Royal Exchange; The Importance of Being Earnest and The Rivals (also West End) at Chichester; The Front Page and Cabaret at the Donmar; A Going Concern and June Moon (also West End) at Hampstead; Private Lives in the West End and on Broadway (Theatre World Award); and Rain Man (Olivier nomination), The Revengers’ Comedies and An Inspector Calls in the West End. Television includes “The Umbrella Academy,” “Lodge 49,” “The Blacklist,” “Powers,” “Homeland,” “Manhattan,” “Fallet,” “ “Breaking Bad,” “Mad Men,” “Suits,” “A Young Doctor’s Notebook,” “Case Histories,” “The Special Relationship,” “Suburgatory,” “The Spies of Warsaw,” “The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” “Dollhouse,” “Nuremberg,” “The Old Curiosity Shop,” “The Young Visiters,” “The Good Wife,” “Harry’s Law,” “Merlin,” “Miss Marple,” “In the Dark,” “Cor,” “Blimey!,” “Hawking” and “Moonfleet.” Film includes The Theory of Everything, The BFG, Battleship, Elizabeth – The Golden Age, Love Actually, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The X-Files, I Want to Believe, Son of Rambow, Thunderpants, Nanny McPhee, Wilde Salomé, And Now Ladies and Gentlemen and Around the World in 80 Days. For Samuel Jack Godley.
Adrian Lester CBE (Emanuel Lehman) is an award-winning actor and director. His career started with a string of successful West End productions including Company, for which he received an Olivier Award, Six Degrees of Separation and Sweeney Todd, before taking the starring role in Mike Nichol’s movie Primary Colors. Other film roles include Day After Tomorrow, As You Like It, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Grey Lady, Dust, Case No39 and the Oscar nominated Mary Queen of Scots. Adrian is also well known for his TV work including the long running BBC1 series “Hustle,” “Sky Atlantic’s Riviera,” “Girlfriends” (CBS), “Undercover” (BBC1), “Curfew” (Sky One), “Trauma” (ITV), “The Rook” (Starz) and BBC1 “Drama Life.” Directing credits include Hustle, Riviera, short film Of Mary and The Greatest Wealth at The Old Vic, which was updated in 2021 with a monologue written by Bernardine Evaristo and performed by Sharon D Clarke. Adrian has played the title roles in Henry V and Othello (National Theatre), for which he won Best Actor at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards; Rosalind in As You Like It (Declan Donnellan & Cheek By Jowl); Ira Aldridge in Red Velvet (Tricycle Theatre / St Ann’s Warehouse New York / Garrick Theatre), for which he won Best Actor at the Critics Circle Awards; Hamlet in Peter Brook’s The Tragedy Of Hamlet (London, Paris, Japan and New York), Guys & Dolls (Royal Albert Hall), Cost of Living (Hampstead), Romeo & Juliet (streamed by NT/Sky Arts) and Hymn (The Almeida/Sky Arts), which was streamed live due to the coronavirus pandemic. Forthcoming projects include “The Undeclared War” (Peacock/Ch4), “Trigger Point” (ITV), directing Calmer (The Rep) and Hymn, which returns to a live audience at the Almeida in July 2021.
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