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Acclaimed ‘Lehman Trilogy’ to Move to Broadway


“The Lehman Trilogy,” an acclaimed play chronicling the rise and spectacular collapse of what was once one of the country’s largest investment banks, will move into the Nederlander Theater in March 2020 for a 16-week run after several sold-out stints.

Simon Russell Beale, Ben Miles and Adam Godley — the original cast of multigenerational Lehmans in the London and Off Broadway runs — will remain with the show for its transfer to Broadway, where performances begin on March 7.

“Behold them with wonder, humble theatergoer,” Ben Brantley, The Times’s co-chief theater critic wrote in a review of their performance in London last year, “for they are multitudes.”

The three actors slip into more than a century’s worth of characters, from the original three Lehman brothers — Henry Lehman, portrayed by Mr. Beale, immigrates to America early on in the show — to their descendants, colleagues and rivals.

(And they do it all from a giant glass box — presumably one of the more complicated elements of moving to a new theater.)

Both the original London production at the National Theater and the Off Broadway run at the Park Avenue Armory were New York Times Critic’s Picks. The play, written by the Italian playwright Stefano Massini and adapted by Ben Power, also appeared recently in the West End and was staged several years ago in Paris and Milan.

“The Lehman Trilogy” has lined up an award-winning creative team, including the director Sam Mendes, who won a Tony Award this year for his direction of “The Ferryman,” and the costume designer Katrina Lindsay, who has won two Tony Awards.

Producing the show are the National Theater, behind several recent Broadway hits including “Network” and “Angels in America,” and Mr. Mendes’s Neal Street Productions, whose “The Ferryman” won this year’s Tony Award for best play. Scott Rudin, Barry Diller and David Geffen will also produce.

The Nederlander was previously home to “Pretty Woman,” which closed in August. Harry Connick Jr. will begin performances of his ode to Cole Porter in December at the theater before embarking on a national tour.


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