“THE LEHMAN TRILOGY” TO OPEN ON BROADWAY THIS SEASON
FOR RELEASE ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2019
“THE LEHMAN TRILOGY”
BY STEFANO MASSINI
ADAPTED BY BEN POWER
WILL OPEN ON BROADWAY SPRING 2020
ON THE HEELS OF ITS HIGHLY ACCLAIMED, SOLD OUT RUNS
ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ATLANTIC
ACADEMY AWARD® AND TONY AWARD® WINNER
STARRING THE ORIGINATING CAST
SIMON RUSSELL BEALE,
PREVIEWS BEGIN SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 2020
OPENING NIGHT SET FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2020
AT THE NEDERLANDER THEATRE
New York, NY – Producers The National Theatre, Neal Street Productions, and Scott Rudin/Barry Diller/David Geffen, announced today that The Lehman Trilogy, the highly acclaimed, five-time Olivier nominated epic play by Stefano Massini and adapted by Ben Power, is Broadway-bound. This strictly limited, 16-week engagement comes to Broadway on the heels of 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, and starring its original cast of Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley, and Ben Miles, The Lehman Trilogy will begin performances at Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street) on Saturday, March 7, 2020, and officially open on Thursday, March 26, 2020.
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 this past Spring, before returning to London for a 16 weeks 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 ticket worth selling your gilt-edged securities for” (New York Times), is the quintessential story of western capitalism, rendered through the lens of a single immigrant family. Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley, and Ben Miles 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).
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), Polly Bennett (Movement), and Charmian Hoare (Voice). 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 Critic’s 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).
Messrs. Russell Beale, Godley, and Miles are appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association. The producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance to this production.
The Wall Street Journal is the media sponsor.
Tickets for The Lehman Trilogy will be available beginning September 14, 2019, at the Nederlander box office and on Ticketmaster.com.
NYT Critics’ Pick. “Behold it with wonder, humble theatergoer. It is worth selling your gilt-edged securities
to buy tickets to The Lehman Trilogy.”
Ben Brantley, The New York Times
“I urge you to see this extraordinary theatrical experience – at once epic and intimate – which works simultaneously as a primer on the history of capitalism, a reflection on the American dream and a deeply moving portrait of a family effecting and affected by the march of history.”
Ben Lawrence, The Daily Telegraph
“Astonishing. An intimate epic about the shifting definition of the American dream. A remarkable evening, offering a kaleidoscopic social and political metaphor while reminding us that one of the reasons we go to the theatre is to watch superb acting.”
Michael Billington, The Guardian
“Sam Mendes’s magnificent tale of bank brothers is right on the money. He triumphs with a simple and elegant staging. Mendes keeps a forceful pace but it all feels light, the details of the brothers’ relationships exquisitely observed.”
Ann Treneman, The Times of London
“You should crawl across broken glass to buy tickets.”
Gerard Baker, The Wall Street Journal
“The Lehman Trilogy is so good, it expands your sense of what three actors on a stage can conjure. Simon Russell Beale, Ben Miles and Adam Godley propel the story with a force that feels aerodynamic. It’s a remarkable, spellbinding exercise in storytelling.”
Peter Marks, The Washington Post
“The theater event of the season. A Masterful chronicle of the American Dream corrupted. This is storytelling at its most thrilling, a work of novelistic sweep and operatic crescendos, as rich in incisive character detail as it is in breathtaking visual coups. Sam Mendes’ production is exhilarating.”
David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
Stefano Massini’s (Playwright) work has been translated into 22 languages and performed around the world. His plays have been directed by Luca Roncini, Lluìs Pasqual, Arnaud Meunier, Irina Brook, Anton Koutznezov, Declan Donnellan, Marius von Mayenburg, Stephan Bachmann and Sam Mendes. In 2015 he became the artistic consultant at Piccolo Teatro di Milano/Teatro d’Europa. Stefano Massini is the author of many novels and essays and contributes regularly to Italian newspaper ‘La Repubblica’. In film he has collaborated with production companies such as Fandango and Cattleya. He appears weekly on Italian talk-show Piazzapulita on La7.
Ben Power (Playwright) is a writer for theatre and film and an Associate of the National Theatre where his work includes Husbands & Sons, Medea and Emperor and Galilean. He has worked as a dramaturg on over 60 productions at the National and ran the temporary theatre, The Shed, during its three years on the South Bank. He was the associate director of Headlong, where his adaptations included Six Characters in Search of an Author, Faustus and Paradise Lost. Other work for theatre includes A Tender Thing for the RSC and dramaturgy on A Disappearing Number (Olivier, Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle awards for Best Play). Screenplays include five episodes of The Hollow Crown (Royal Television Society and Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Single Drama; BAFTA nomination for Best Single Drama and Best Mini-Series).
Sam Mendes (Director) founded and ran the Donmar Warehouse for ten years. He was the first Artistic Director of the Minerva in Chichester and the founding director of The Bridge Project and Neal Street Productions. His work has been seen at the National Theatre, the RSC, the Royal Court, the Old Vic, the Young Vic, in the West End and on Broadway. Film includes American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Jarhead, Revolutionary Road, Away We Go, Skyfall and Spectre. Awards include Academy Award for Best Director, Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical, Olivier Award for Best Director, the Olivier Special Award, Evening Standard Award for Best Director, Empire Inspiration Award, Empire Award for Best British Director, Directors Guild of America Award and the Shakespeare Prize. He has also won the Director’s Guild Award for lifetime achievement. Mendes recently received the 2018 Tony Award for Best Director of a Play for The Ferryman. Additional theatre credits include The Cherry Orchard, The Glass Menagerie, Company, Cabaret, Uncle Vanya, Twelfth Night, and Richard III.
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.
Ben Miles’ (Emanuel Lehman) work in theatre includes The Lehman Trilogy (also Park Avenue Armory, New York and West End), Sunset at the Villa Thalia, The Cherry Orchard, The London Cuckolds, Mary Stuart, Macbeth, Trelawny of the Wells and Fuente Ovejuna at the National; Wolf Hall / Bring Up the Bodies (also West End and Broadway; Tony nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role), Two Gentlemen of Verona, Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet for the RSC; Love Love Love and My Child at the Royal Court; Measure for Measure and The Tower at the Almeida; The Norman Conquests (also Broadway – Tony award for Best Ensemble Performance) and Richard II at the Old Vic; Hand in Hand to the Promised Land at Hampstead; The Miser at Chichester; The Winter’s Tale at the Young Vic; The Tempest for Phoebus Cart; and Betrayal at the Harold Pinter. Television includes “The Trial of Christine Keeler,” “The Capture,” “Devils,” “The Romanoffs,” “The Last Post,” “The Crown,” “The Hollow Crown,” “The Suspicions of Mr Whicher,” “Zen,” “The Promise,” “Trial and Retribution,” “Sea of Souls,” “After Thomas,” “Under the Greenwood Tree,” “Mr Harvey Lights a Candle,” “A Thing Called Love,” “Prime Suspect,” “The Forsythe Saga and Cold Feet.” Film includes Red Joan, The Catcher was a Spy, Woman in Gold, Five Years, Ninja Assassin, Speed Racer, V for Vendetta and Imagine Me and You.
The National Theatre (Producer) makes world-class theatre that is entertaining, challenging and inspiring, to appeal to the widest possible audience. Based in London, its work reaches across the UK and around the world, with a global audience reach of 7 million. In 2018-2019, the National Theatre produced 23 productions in its three theatres on London’s South Bank with 10 productions in the West End and New York and six productions touring to 38 towns and cities across the UK and Ireland. National Theatre productions are seen in the West End, on tour throughout the UK, on Broadway, internationally, and in collaborations and co-productions with partners around the world. In New York, the NT collaborates with the U.S. theatre community and produces the National Theatre’s productions for Broadway, Off-Broadway and on tour. Previous work on Broadway includes Network (Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play); Angels in America (3 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Play; Drama Desk Award; Drama League Award; Outer Critic’s Circle Award); 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); One Man, Two Guvnors starring James Corden (Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play); War Horse (6 Tony Awards including Best Play; Drama Desk Award; Drama League Award; Outer Critic’s Circle Award); and The History Boys (6 Tony Awards including Best Play; Drama Desk Award; Drama League Award). Other recent work in the US includes Off-Broadway: People, Places & Things (St. Ann’s Warehouse), The Effect (Barrow Street Theatre); US Tour: Barber Shop Chronicles, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, War Horse. The Jungle, a Good Chance Theatre co-production with the National Theatre and the Young Vic set in the sprawling refugee camp in Calais, France, transferred to St Ann’s Warehouse in December 2018 and then toured to San Francisco. Hadestown, winner of 8 Tony Awards, is currently playing on Broadway. The National Theatre is led by Rufus Norris, Director and Lisa Burger, Executive Director.
Neal Street Productions (Producer). Producer Caro Newling. Neal Street produces film, television and theatre. Formed in 2003 by Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris and Caro Newling, with Nicolas Brown joining as fourth director in the company’s tenth year. In 2015 Neal Street moved under the umbrella of parent company, All3Media. Previously Sam Mendes and Caro Newling established and ran the Donmar Warehouse 1992-2002, producing over 70 productions, since when Newling has produced the theatre slate for Neal Street Productions. Recent: The Ferryman by Jez Butterworth, Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre/Gielgud Theatre, The Moderate Soprano by David Hare, This House by James Graham. Previous: The Bridge Project, a three-year transatlantic venture with the Old Vic & Brooklyn Academy of Music presenting five classic plays for worldwide stages across fifteen international cities, directed by Sam Mendes. Premieres: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, David Greig with Warner Brothers Theatre Ventures, Shrek The Musical , by Jeanine Tesori and David Lindsay-Abaire with DreamWorks Animation. Also Three Days of Rain, The Vertical Hour, The House of Special Purpose, All About My Mother, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Days of Wine and Roses, Anna in the Tropics, Fuddy Meers. West End/Broadway transfers: South Downs/The Browning Version, Enron, Hamlet, Mary Stuart, Red, Merrily We Roll Along, Sunday in the Park, The Painkiller. Film and television: Heidi Thomas’ series “Call the Midwife,” John Logan’s series “Penny Dreadful,” Stuart A Life Backwards, Starter for Ten, Things We Lost in the Fire, Jarhead, Revolutionary Road, Away We Go, Blood, “The Hollow Crown” for BBC2 featuring Richard II (dir. Rupert Goold), Henry IV Part 1 & Part 2 (dir. Richard Eyre), Henry V (dir. Thea Sharrock), Henry VI parts 1 and 2 and Richard III (dir. Dominic Cooke), Britannia written by Jez Butterworth, and forthcoming TV series Informer by Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani.
Scott Rudin (Producer). Over 120 films including Eighth Grade; mid90s; Isle of Dogs; Lady Bird; Fences; Ex Machina; Inherent Vice; The Grand Budapest Hotel; Captain Phillips; Inside Llewyn Davis; Frances Ha; Moonrise Kingdom; The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo; Margaret; Moneyball; True Grit; The Social Network; Fantastic Mr. Fox; Julie & Julia; Doubt; There Will Be Blood; No Country for Old Men; Notes on a Scandal; The Queen; Team America; School of Rock; The Hours; The Royal Tenenbaums; Wonder Boys; Sleepy Hollow; South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut; The Truman Show; In & Out; The First Wives Club; Mother; Clueless; The Addams Family; Addams Family Values; Searching for Bobby Fischer; The Firm; Sister Act. Over 90 plays and musicals including Passion; Seven Guitars; A Funny Thing…; The Chairs; The Blue Room; Amy’s View; Closer; Copenhagen; The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?; Caroline, or Change; The Normal Heart; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Doubt; The History Boys; The Faith Healer; Shining City; The Year of Magical Thinking; Gypsy; God of Carnage; Fences; The Book of Mormon; The Motherf**ker With the Hat; Jerusalem; Death of a Salesman; The Designated Mourner; One Man, Two Guvnors; Betrayal; A Raisin in the Sun; This Is Our Youth; The Curious Incident…; Between Riverside and Crazy; Fish in the Dark; The Audience; Skylight; The Flick; A View From the Bridge; The Humans; The Crucible; Blackbird; Shuffle Along…; The Front Page; Sweat; The Wolves; Hello, Dolly!; A Doll’s House, Part 2; Three Tall Women; The Iceman Cometh; The Boys in the Band; The Ferryman; The Inheritance; The Waverly Gallery; To Kill a Mockingbird; King Lear; Hillary and Clinton; Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus. Television includes “The Newsroom,” “Silicon Valley,” “The Night Of,” “Five Came Back,” “What We Do in the Shadows,” and “Diagnosis.”
Barry Diller (Producer) is Chairman and Senior Executive of IAC and Expedia. During his career at ABC, Paramount, and Fox, he oversaw the creation of the “ABC Movie of the Week,” Saturday Night Fever, “Taxi,” Grease, Raiders of the Lost Ark, “Cheers,” Home Alone, and “The Simpsons.” Broadway credits include To Kill a Mockingbird; Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus; The Iceman Cometh; Carousel; Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women; A Doll’s House, Part 2; The Humans; and Betrayal. Through his foundation he has supported projects for Roundabout Theatre Company, Signature Theatre, The Public Theater, and the Motion Picture & Television Fund, and is creating Pier55, a park and performance center in the Hudson River.
David Geffen (Producer). Born in Brooklyn, New York, February 21, 1943, Geffen started out in the mailroom of the William Morris Agency. He launched Asylum Records in 1971 by signing many of the discoveries he had made as a manager, including Jackson Browne, The Eagles, and Linda Ronstadt and in1980 he formed Geffen Records, which included such artists as John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Elton John, Donna Summer, Guns N’ Roses, Aerosmith, Don Henley, Cher, and Peter Gabriel. Following the sale of Geffen Records to MCA in 1990, Geffen remained its Chairman and CEO and inaugurated another label, DGC Records, which earned success with Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Counting Crows, Hole, and Beck. In October 1994, Geffen, Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg founded DreamWorks SKG with notable titles: Gladiator, Saving Private Ryan, Shrek, and A Beautiful Mind. David Geffen helped bring several Broadway musicals to the stage, including Tony Award-winners Cats, M. Butterfly and Dreamgirls, which in 2006 he brought to the big screen. Geffen’s professional successes enable him to generously support charitable organizations important to him: UCLA School of Medicine, AIDS Project Los Angeles, The Academy of Motion Pictures, MoCA, MoMA, LACMA, the Geffen Playhouse, to name a few. He was the lead contributor to updating the newly renamed David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center. In 2010, Geffen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, receiving the Ahmet Ertegun Award. In 2011, the GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons® honored Geffen with the President’s Merit Award.
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