Praised for its riveting portrayal of a thoroughly American scandal, The Lehman Trilogy has drawn much critical acclaim. After enjoying a limited Broadway run in the Spring, the production makes it West Coast premiere at the Ahmanson Theater this October!
Chronicling the rise and fall of the immigrant Lehman family, from their small beginnings in a fabric shop in the mid-1800s to power players who shaped the history of western capitalism and American politics as we know it.
Adapted from the work of Italian playwright Stefano Massini by up-and-coming British dramaturg Ben Power, the 150-year and three-hour spanning epic shines in the hands of its Golden Globe, Academy Award and Olivier Award-winning director Sam Mendes, never letting up in pace, energy, action, and intrigue.
Whilst it can be seen as a historical saga about the fortunes and eventual failure of a powerful Jewish immigrant family, or even a searing study/warning about the shifting nature and fragility of the American Dream, The Lehman Trilogy shies away from lecturing the audience and uses a minimalist style and elegant set design to keep its focus on adroit story-telling. Highlighting three distinct periods from the Lehman's illustrious lineage, the production begins in Alabama, where the original brothers begin their rapid ascent into the annals of American history. The drama then moves to the 1960s, where a shift in the family dynamic to include a trading division of outsiders causes a rift that leads to an explosive demise that still echoes throughout the present day.
Opening night: 20 October 2020
Three hours and 20 minutes including two 15min intervals
Please note that the images used are from the original off-Broadway production and may not reflect the current cast.
Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles as the Lehman brothers and descendants
Directed by Sam Mendes
Written by Stefano Massini
Adapted by Ben Power
Best New Play
Best Actor - Adam Godley, Ben Miles & Simon Russell Beale
Best Director - Sam Mendes
Best Set Design - Es Devlin
Best Sound Design - Nick Powell
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