The National Theatre and Neal Street Productions’ Tony-winning production of The Lehman Trilogy officially opens its 17-week West End return engagement at the Gillian Lynne Theatre February 8. Previews began January 24.
Written by Stefano Massini, adapted by Ben Power, and directed by Sam Mendes, the cast features Michael Balogun, Hadley Fraser, and Nigel Lindsay as the Lehman brothers as well as their sons and grandsons. They are joined by pianist Yshani Perinpanayagam.
Returning to the roles of Janitor and understudy is Ravi Aujla, with Will Harrison-Wallace and Leighton Pugh also returning as understudies. Erika Gundesen is the understudy pianist.
The Lehman Trilogy charts the humble beginnings, outrageous successes, and devastating failure of the financial institution that would ultimately bring the global economy to its knees.
The creative team also 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.
Performances continue through May 20.
The Lehman Trilogy received five 2022 Tony Awards: Best Play, Best Director, Best Set Design, Best Lighting Design, and Best Actor. It also won the Drama League Award for Best Play and six Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Play.
First commissioned by Neal Street Productions and developed and co-produced with the National Theatre at the Lyttelton in 2018, The Lehman Trilogy then played a sold-out run at the Park Avenue Armory in spring 2019. The production returned to London for a 16-week sold-out run at the Piccadilly Theatre. Following the Broadway 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 limited engagement at the Nederlander Theatre from September 2021 until January 2022.