The play ‘The Lehman Trilogy’ plots its Broadway return

NEW YORK – “The Lehman Trilogy” was ready to make only 4 preview performances on Broadway ahead of the pandemic shut its doorways. Now it plans to return to explain to the story of an American money giant’s downfall with a new cast member.

Stefano Massini’s play about what led to the collapse of Lehman Brothers — adapted by Ben Energy and directed by Sam Mendes — will insert Adrian Lester, changing Ben Miles, and joining Simon Russell Beale and Adam Godley. Producers are aiming for a Sept. 25 reopening at the Nederlander Theatre. Tickets go on sale June 9.

“The antenna of the New York audience is just heaven. They’ve lived that tale. They know it far better than anybody,” reported producer Caro Newling, who oversees theater assignments at Neal Avenue Production. “Audiences were being just so alive to each and every twist and change and so experienced, of course. And so I hope they’ll occur yet again.”

Spanning 150 several years and managing three and a fifty percent hrs, “The Lehman Trilogy” illustrates the trajectory of western capitalism by pursuing the fortunes of a solitary family members into the financial crash of 2008, when their Wall Avenue institution filed for personal bankruptcy.

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“As we watch the participate in unfold, we see the relatives develop in prosperity and status, but we have to inquire, when does ‘enough’ turn into ‘too significantly,’” claimed Lester. “Their capitalism is at to start with pushed by dread and insecurity, until finally — several years later on — it is driven basically by the want to have extra. I am genuinely searching forward finding to work.”

For Lester, it’s a entire-circle minute. He was at first questioned to be element of the trio of actors when the enjoy first arrived at the Nationwide Theatre’s Lyttelton Theatre in 2018. But his plan by no means fit. The perform went on to have an off-Broadway operate and then a West Stop bow. The English-language edition is a marathon: A few actors undertaking 185 roles.

“I’ll be going into this with a single of the greatest administrators in the activity, with actors I definitely admire, in a engage in that asks us to convey to a story of family that will challenge us physically and intellectually. There is practically nowhere to cover on that phase. In every moment of each and every demonstrate we have to be at our ideal,” stated Lester, who starred in Mike Nichols’ movie “Primary Colors” and gained an Olivier Award in the 1995 London revival of “Enterprise.”

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Newling, speaking by mobile phone from London, mentioned she hopes to get productions into San Francisco and Los Angeles up coming 12 months.

“It’s a story that I believe will be endlessly interesting all-around the globe. Of course, it is your story. But we all lived with the fallout of it. We understand it in different ways, but we know how central it is in so many strategies to what we’re even now striving to understand now.”

For now, she can not hold out to get back again into the theater and see the set all over again.

“We still left it there. It’s locked up like Sleeping Elegance. And as lengthy as the mice have not chewed by way of the wires, we’ll be capable to walk in and switch the lights on,” she reported.

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