as part of Theatre From London
The story of a family and a company that changed the world, told in three parts on a single evening.
Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes (SKYFALL, THE FERRYMAN) directs Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles who play the Lehman Brothers, their sons and grandsons.
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.
This critically acclaimed and five-time Olivier Award nominated play features stunning set design from Es Devlin (NT Live: HAMLET) and will be broadcast live from London’s West End as part of National Theatre Live’s 10th Birthday season.
"What an astonishing evening! Engrossing play and an acting masterclass." - The Guardian
"Spectacular saga magnificently performed by Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles." - The Stage
"Absorbingly performed. A trio of performances you can bank on." - Evening Standard
"A powerful play directed by Sam Mendes with extraordinary elegance." - Independent
"Ingenious. Three fine actors play out historical saga." - Daily Mail
"A magical piece of storytelling. Towering performances from three magnificent actors." - What's On Stage
"Riveting. A hugely entertaining drama." - Radio Times
"Sam Mendes directs an epic piece of storytelling." - Time Out