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The Verdict What Did Critics Think of The Lehman Trilogy at London's National Theatre? Ben Miles, Adam Godley, and Simon Russell Beale lead the cast of the Sam Mendes-helmed production.
Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley, and Ben Miles in The Lehman Trilogy Mark Douet

The National Theatre production of Stefano Massini’s The Lehman Trilogy officially opened at the London venue July 12.

The Sam Mendes-directed presentation features an adapted, English-language script by Ben Power. The cast is led by Ben Miles, Adam Godley, and Simon Russell Beale, who play the three title brothers, their sons, and grandsons. The company also includes Will Harrison-Wallace, Leighton Pugh, and Dominik Tiefenthaler.

Told over three parts in a single evening, The Lehman Trilogy follows a 163-year saga that begins with a young man in Bavaria dreaming of a new life and ends with the largest financial crisis in history.

Read reviews for the London production below.

The Evening Standard (Henry Hitchings)

The Guardian (Michael Billington)

The Hollywood Reporter (Demetrios Matheou)

The New York Times (Ben Brantley)

Radio Times (Nick Wells)

The Telegraph (Claire Allfree)

Time Out London (Andrzej Lukowski)

The Times (Ann Treneman)

Variety (Matt Trueman)

The Lehman Trilogy opened at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan in 2015. An admirer of Luca Ronconi (who helmed the original before his death), Mendes was inspired to begin planning an English adaptation for Neal Street Productions. From a literal English translation by Mirella Cheeseman, Power was commissioned to create a new version of the play.

The National Theatre staging features sets by Es Devlin, lighting by Jon Clark, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, sound design and original music by Nick Powell, and video design by Luke Halls.

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