Acclaimed West End and Broadway play The Lehman Trilogy is to get a TV adaptation.
Sam Mendes directed The Lehman Trilogy through his Neal Street Productions prodco for the National Theatre in 2018, staring Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles. The play was adapted by Ben Power from Stefano Massini’s original Italian play. The play transferred to the Piccadilly Theatre in 2019.
Mendes’ production is currently playing Broadway, with great success, at the Nederlander Theatre in New York starring Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Adrian Leste.
Italian playwright Stefano Massini’s epic saga of family and finance is now being developed as a TV series for the international market by Fandango in Italy. The production company is also producing Elena Ferrante’s “The Lying Life of Adults” for Netflix.
On the back of the success of Succession on HBO, the story is a promising TV series, following the three Lehman brothers from their arrival from Germany in New York in 1844 to the 2008 bankruptcy of the global company they founded.
The Italian stage production premiered in 2015 at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan, directed by Luca Ronconi. Ben Power, who was deputy artistic director of the National Theatre at the time, then adapted it for the London produced helmed by Mendes.
Fandango, based in Rome, has produced over 100 movies and has been ramping up its TV side.