Inside the Rehearsals of…The Lehman Trilogy

The new images have been released ahead of performances beginning at the Gillian Lynne Theatre on the 24th January.

(c)Mark Douet

Rehearsal images of the cast preparing for the return of The Lehman Trilogy to the West End have been released, ahead of performances at the Gillian Lynne Theatre from later this month.

Running for a limited 17 week run and written by Stefano Massini, adapted by Ben Power, The Lehman Trilogy tells the story of the rise and fall of the company Lehman Brothers, with a cast of three playing a variety of characters.  

(c)Mark Douet

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, triggering the largest financial crisis in history. Weaving together nearly two centuries of family history, this 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.  

Directed by Sam Mendes, the cast for the Wet End return of the production includes: Michael Balogun (Death of England: Delroy, Macbeth, National Theatre) will play the role of Emanuel Lehman with Hadley Fraser (The Antipodes, National Theatre; Coriolanus, Donmar Warehouse) playing the role of Mayer Lehman and Nigel Lindsay (The Pillowman, A Small Family Business, National Theatre) playing the role of Henry Lehman  They are joined by pianist, Yshani Perinpanayagam. 

(c)Mark Douet.

The Lehman Trilogy was first commissioned by Neal Street Productions and co-produced with the National Theatre at the Lyttelton theatre in 2018, the Piccadilly Theatre in 2019 and then on Broadway in 2021. Prior to this, the world premiere of Stefano Massini’s The Lehman Trilogy opened at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan in 2015.  It turned out to be Artistic Director Luca Ronconi’s final production before his death.  A long-term admirer of Ronconi’s, Sam Mendes was inspired to begin planning an English adaptation for Neal Street Productions.  Ben Power was commissioned by Neal Street Productions to create a new version of this epic play, using a literal English translation by Mirella Cheeseman.

As well as being directed by Sam Mendes, the production’s creative team includes: set designer, Es Devlin; costume designer, Katrina Lindsay; video designer, Luke Halls; lighting designer Jon Clark; composer and sound designer, Nick Powell; co-sound designer, Dominic Bilkey; music director, Candida Caldicot; movement director, Polly Bennett and West End director, Zoé Ford Burnett.  Company voice work is by Charmian Hoare with casting by Jessica Ronane CDG.  They are joined by associate director, Rory McGregor; associate casting director Abby Galvin and associate designer, Amalie White.

The Lehman Trilogy will run at the Gillian Lynne Theatre from the 24th January to the 20th May 2023. To book tickets click here.

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