The Lehman Trilogy, Piccadilly Theatre - ★★★★★ - Until August 31, 2019


As this play moves from being about the Lehman brothers to being about Lehman Bros., we recognise that this history is a metaphor for the development of American capitalism. From the 19th to the 21st century it is a business that becomes increasingly impersonal, abstract and ultimately incomprehensible to even those at its centre. This is a fascinating reflection on how economic and social realities have evolved. The Lehman story goes from being about a small family business run by three close-knit siblings to chronicling a financial empire with a life of its own. Brilliantly acted by Adam Godley, Ben Miles and Simon Russell Beale who assume a number of personae and move seamlessly from character to character, from young to old and even from gender to gender. The direction of Sam Mendes is masterful. And, it all has that extraordinarily high level of production which is the hallmark of the National Theatre. If you want to get a notion of how we got into the financial mess of 2008 and how business has changed and changed all of us, you must see this play.

Reviewed by J.C.

 Our Score:  ☆☆☆☆★ 

WHEN, WHERE, GETTING THERE:
Until August 31, 2019
Mon - Sat: 7 pm, Sat 1 pm
Piccadilly Theatre
Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus
https://piccadilly.londontheatres.co.uk/the-lehman-trilogy

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