The Lehman Trilogy Tickets

Gillian Lynne Theatre, London
Booking to 21 May 2023
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A gripping story of a family that changed the world

Sam Mendes‘ (Skyfall, King Lear) Tony Award winning production of The Lehman Trilogy returns to London’s West End starring Michael Balogun, Hadley Fraser, and Nigel Lindsay.

Following a smash-hit run on Broadway where it won five Tony Awards including Best New Play and Best Director for Sam Mendes, the original sold-out National Theatre production is playing a limited 17-week season at the Gillian Lynne Theatre.

The Lehman Trilogy features a cast of three playing the Lehman brothers, their sons and grandsons, in an extraordinary feat of story-telling told in three parts on a single evening.

Hailed by The New York Times as ‘a genuinely epic production’, The Lehman Trilogy is the story of a family and a company that changed the world.

The Lehman Trilogy is playing at the Gillian Lynne Theatre until 21 May 2023.

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What's the story of The Lehman Trilogy?

On a cold September morning in 1844 a young man from Bavaria stands on a New York dockside. Dreaming of a new life in the new world. He is joined by his two brothers and an American epic begins.

163 years later, the firm they establish – Lehman Brothers – spectacularly collapses into bankruptcy, and triggers the largest financial crisis in history.

Who is in the cast of The Lehman Trilogy?

The cast includes Michael Balogun (Death of England: Delroy, Top Boy) as Emanuel Lehman, Hadley Fraser (Coriolanus, City of Angels) as Mayer Lehman and Nigel Lindsay (Woman In Mind, The Capture) as Henry Lehman.

The principle pianist is Yshani Perinpanayagam, and the understudies are Ravi Aujla as Emanuel Lehman, Will Harrison-Wallace as Mayer Lehman and Leighton Pugh as Henry Lehman, and Erika Gundesen as the understudy pianist.

Who are the creative team of The Lehman Trilogy?

The Lehman Trilogy is directed by Sam Mendes with set design by Es Devlin, costume design by Katrina Lindsay, video design by Luke Halls, lighting design by Jon Clark, and music and sound design by Nick Powell. The music director is Candida Caldicot, with movement by Polly Bennett.

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Reviews of The Lehman Trilogy

★★★★★ "A mesmerising epic, perfectly played" - The Times (Gillian Lynne Theatre)
★★★★★ "Pure theatre magic" - i News (Gillian Lynne Theatre)
★★★★ "Sam Mendes’s enthralling production - Evening Standard (Gillian Lynne Theatre)
★★★★ "Its theatricality is utterly astonishing" - The Guardian (Gillian Lynne Theatre)
★★★★ "A gripping tale" - The Telegraph (Gillian Lynne Theatre)
★★★★ "This dazzling piece of storytelling" - TimeOut (Gillian Lynne Theatre)
★★★★ "Sam Mendes’ stunning epic returns to the West End" - The Stage (Gillian Lynne Theatre)
★★★★★ "Theatre at its best. Sam Mendes triumphs" The Times (National Theatre)
★★★★★ "What an astonishing evening! Engrossing play and an acting masterclass" - Guardian (National Theatre)
★★★★ "Spectacular saga magnificently performed" - The Stage (National Theatre)

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Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 21 May 2023
Age restrictions
Under 4's will not be admitted
Running time
3 hours 20 minutes (including two 15 min intervals)
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Saturday

Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.

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Important Notes

This production features instances of flashing lights and some video effects that may cause dizziness. There will be instances of total darkness (lasting 15 seconds) and gunshot sound effects.

The production contains moments and themes that some people may find distressing. This includes the non-graphic depiction of a suicide and mentions of suicide. There is also infrequent mention of death, war and slavery. 

Assisted Performances: Captioned Performance: Monday 20 February, 7pm / Saturday 18 March, 1pm; Audio Described Performance: Monday 27 February, 7pm / Saturday 25 March, 1pm; BSL Performance:Saturday 11 March, 1pm

Venue Information

Gillian Lynne Theatre, 166 Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5PW
Nearest Tube or Train: Holborn (Central line, Piccadilly line), Covent Garden (Piccadilly line)
Nearest Buses: 1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 26, 59, 68, 76, 77A, 91, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341, 521, X68

Ticket Information

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News about The Lehman Trilogy

The Lehman Trilogy cast announced
The forthcoming West End revival of The Lehman Trilogy has announced casting for the show. Winner of five Tony awards on Broadway, Sam Mendes' epic production will play the Gillian Lynne Theatre from 24 January 2023 for a strictly limited 17 week season. The cast will include Michael Balogun (Death of England: Delroy, Top Boy) as Emanuel Lehman, Hadley Fraser (Coriolanus, City of Angels) as Mayer Lehman and Nigel Lindsay (Woman In Mind, The Capture) as Henry Lehman. The three also play all roles in the drama, including the Lehman brothers, their sons, and grandsons, across the three acts of the play. The principle pianist will be Yshani Perinpanayagam, with understudies Ravi Aujla as Emanuel Lehman, Will Harrison-Wallace as Mayer Lehman and Leighton Pugh as Henry Lehman, and Erika Gundesen as the understudy pianist. This 2022 Tony Award® winning Best Play is written by Stefano Massini and adapted by Ben Power, with direction by multi-Academy Award, Tony Award and Golden Globe winner Sam Mendes. Michael Balogun, Nigel Lindsay and Hadley Fraser in The Lehman Trilogy. Photo by Helen Murray The Lehman Trilogy is an extraordinary feat of storytelling told in three parts on a single evening, with the decades unfolding within the cinematic sweep of designer Es Devlin's Tony Award-winning set. The Lehman Trilogy was the most awarded play last season on Broadway, winning Best Play, Best Director, Best Set Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Actor. It was also awarded the Drama League Award for Best Play and six Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Play.  Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley, and Ben Miles originally performed the multiple roles in London and New York.  First commissioned by Neal Street Productions and developed and co-produced with the National Theatre at the Lyttelton theatre in 2018, followed by an acclaimed sold-out run at the Park Avenue Armory in the Spring of 2019, The Lehman Trilogy returned to London for a 16-week sold-out run at the Piccadilly Theatre in the West End from May to August 2019. Following Broadway's 18-month shutdown, The Lehman Trilogy was the first British play to return to Broadway — where it had previously played four performances in March 2020 — for a much-lauded limited engagement at the Nederlander Theatre from September 2021 – January 2022. A Los Angeles transfer to Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre followed from March – April 2022.   Prior to this, the world premiere of Stefano Massini’s The Lehman Trilogy opened at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan in 2015. Book tickets to The Lehman Trilogy at the Gillian Lynne Theatre in London.
The Lehman Trilogy to get TV adaptation from Florian Zeller
Florian Zeller, the writer and director of hit stage plays The Son and The Father, both of which have been turned into successful movies, is set to helm a TV adaptation of acclaimed National Theatre play The Lehman Trilogy. This will be Florian's first major TV project, and he will write, direct and co-produce the new big-budget screen adaptation. The Lehman Trilogy started out at the National Theatre in London in 2018 directed by Sam Mende, and subsequently transferred to Broadway where it won five 2022 Tony Awards, including best director for Mendes and best actor for Simon Russell Beale. The production will head back to the West End next year, coming to the Gillian Lynne Theatre from 24 January to 21 May 2023. Zeller's new movie The Son, starring Hugh Jackman and Laura Dern, debuted at the Venice Film Festival to wide acclaim and is set for cinema release soon. Global TV producer Fremantle are producing through their The Apartment Pictures company, plus Domenico Procacci’s Fandango and Zeller's new prodco Blue Morning, backed by TV distributor and producer Mediawan. Executive Producers will include Lorenzo Mieli and Procacci, who are reuniting following their success with HBO’s My Brilliant Friend, plus Blue Morning co-founder Federica Sainte-Rose and De Maio Entertainment’s Lorenzo De Maio. The Lehman Trilogy is adapted from Steffano Massini's play by Ben Power and centres on the history of Lehman Brothers, one of the main financial institutions that ignited the 2008 global recession. Florian Zeller told Deadline (see link below) that: “I could not dream of a richer canvas on which to work and so grateful to everyone who made this a reality." Simon Russell Beale is returning to the West End this month, starring in Nicholas Hytner's new production of Ibsen's John Gabriel Borkman at the Bridge Theatre. Book tickets to The Lehman Trilogy at the Gillian Lynne Theatre in London
National Theatre add Kerry Jackson starring Fay Ripley and Othello starring Giles Terera to Winter Season 2022 / 2023
The National Theatre has announced two new projects to join their Winter 2022/2023 season: Shakespeare’s Othello and Kerry Jackson, a new play by April De Angelis. In November, Clint Dyer, deputy artistic director of the National Theatre, will direct Shakespeare’s Othello in the Lyttelton theatre. The cast includes Giles Terera (Death of England: Face to Face) as Othello, Rosy McEwen (The Alienist) as Desdemona and Paul Hilton (The Inheritance) as Iago. Other cast includes Jack Bardoe, Rory Fleck Byrne, Kirsty J Curtis, Tanya Franks, Gareth Kennerley, Martin Marquez, Amy Newton, Steffan Rizzi and Jay Simpson. Joining Clit Dyer in the creative team is set designer Chloe Lamford, costume designer Michael Vale and lighting designer Jai Morjaria. Music and Sound will be by Pete Malkin and Benjamin Grant, movement director is Lucie Pankhurst and the fight director is Kev McCurdy. Othello will also be broadcast to cinemas worldwide in 2023 via National Theatre Live. Kerry Jackson, a biting new comedy by April De Angelis, will premiere in the Dorfman theatre from 30 November 2022, directed by Indhu Rubasingham. The play stars Fay Ripley as Kerry, owner of a new restaurant in fashionable Walthamstow. Wearing her working-class roots as a badge of honour, Kerry navigates the local characters in a bid to make the tapas restaurant a success – without losing herself in the process. The play also stars Gavin Spokes, and further cast to be announced. Set and costume design is by Richard Kent, lighting design by Oliver Fenwick, movement director is Lucy Hind and casting director is Juliet Horsley CDG. Fay Ripley in Kerry Jackson at the National Theatre In other National Theatre news, Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane will tour the UK and Ireland later in 2022 for 40 weeks, directed by Katy Rudd (Camp Siegfried) and adapted by Joel Horwood (Skins, I Want My Hat Back). The tour opens at The Lowry in Salford from 12 December 2022 to 7 January 2023. Also, The Doncastrian Chalk Circle, with the National joining forces with the community of Doncaster for an epic third Public Acts production, will feature over 100 local performers alongside a professional company and live band. The National's The Lehman Trilogy is coming back to the West End this January, in a co-production with Sam Mendes' Neal Street Productions, The play recently won five 2022 Tony Awards including Best Play and Best Director, and heads to the Gillian Lynne Theatre in London from January 2023. Directed by Sam Mendes, the play is written by Stefano Massini and adapted by Ben Power, with set design is by Es Devlin, costume design by Katrina Lindsay, video design by Luke Halls, and Tony Award-winning lighting design by Jon Clark. The Composer & Sound Designer is Nick Powell, the Co-Sound Designer is Dominic Bilkey, with music direction by Candida Caldicot and movement by Polly Bennett. The West End Director is Zoé Ford Burnett. Casting is by Jessica Ronane CDG CSA. Book tickets to Othello starring Giles Terera Book tickets to The Lehman Trilogy at the Gillian Lynne Theatre in London
Brits take Broadway at the 75th Tony Awards
It was a big night for Brits at the 75th Tony Awards, America's most prestigious theatre awards, which were held in New York last night. Marianne Elliot's revival of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's musical Company, which originated in the West End, won five Tony Awards: Best Revival of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical for Elliot, Best Set Design for Bunny Christie, Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for Matt Doyle and Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical for Patti Lupone. The show had previously won four 2019 Olivier Awards including Best Revival, Best Supporting Actor, Best Design for Bunny Christie and Best Supporting Actor for Patti Lupone. The Lehman Trilogy, which also originated in London, topped the plays category, with five wins including Best New Play, Best Direction of a Play for Sam Mendes, Best Actor for Simon Russell Beale, Best Set Design for Es Devlin and Best Lighting Design for Jon Clark. Ben Power’s adaptation of Stefano Massini’s story looks at two centuries of the Lehman family, from the moment a young man from Bavaria arrives in New York, to 163 years later when the firm he and his brothers established collapses. The show originated at the National Theatre in London in 2019. Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss won Best Original Score for Six The Musical, with the show also winning Best Costume Design for Gabriella Slade. British choreographer and director Christopher Wheeldon won Best Choreography for MJ The Musical. The show won four awards including Best Sound, Best Lighting and Best Musical Actor for Myles Frost who played Michael Jackson. British composer, arranger, and keyboardist Simon Hale won Best Orchestration for Girl from the North Country; Bob Dylan and Conor McPherson's musical set in depression era America. Dame Anglea Lansbury was awarded the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre. Lansbury is a five-time Tony Award winner in competitive categories, winning for Mame, Dear World, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd and Blithe Spirit. Brits who were nominated for awards include: Adam Godley (The Lehman Trilogy), Adrian Lester (The Lehman Trilogy), David Threlfall (Hangmen) in the Best Actor in a Play category; Ruth Negga (Macbeth) for Best Actress in a Play; Sharon D. Clarke (Caroline, Or Change) for Best Actress in a Musical; Alfie Allen (Hangmen) for Best featured actor in a Play; Anna Fleischle (Hangmen) for Best Set Design; Fly Davis (Caroline, Or Change) for Best Costume Design for a Musical; Joshua Car (Hangmen) for Best Lighting of a Play; Neil Austin (Company) for Best Lighting of a Musical; Carrie-Anne Ingrouille (Six) for best Choreography; and, David Cullen (Company) and Tom Curran (Six) for Best Orchestrations. Productions which received nominations that originated in the UK include Six for Best Musical and Hangmen for Best Play. See here for the full list the 75th Annual Tony Award winners.

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