Five-time Tony Award-winning play The Lehman Trilogy will premiere at Theatre Royal Sydney on 21 February 2024 for a limited time. The renowned play by Stefano Massini – adapted by Ben Power –  has been praised by The New York Times, and portrays the story of a family and a company that significantly impacted the world. 

Directed by the esteemed Sam Mendes, with set design by Es Devlin, The Lehman Trilogy is an exceptional narrative told in three parts within a single evening.

The play begins with a young man from Bavaria in 1844, standing on a New York dock, aspiring for a fresh start in the new world. Joined by his two brothers, the saga of the Lehman Brothers commences. For 163 years, the firm experienced incredible success and eventual bankruptcy, leading to a catastrophic financial crisis. The Lehman Trilogy weaves together the family’s history, tracing the institution’s modest origins, remarkable achievements, and ultimate downfall that shook the global economy.

Joining Mendes are a talented team including set designer Es Devlin, costume designer Katrina Lindsay, video designer Luke Halls, lighting designer Jon Clark, composer and sound designer Nick Powell, co-sound designer Dominic Bilkey, music director Candida Caldicot, movement director Polly Bennett, and associate directors Zoé Ford Burnett and Rory McGregor.

The Lehman Trilogy will run for a limited season at the Theatre Royal Sydney from 21 February 2024, with the Opening Night scheduled for 24 February. Tickets will be available for purchase from 10am on Wednesday 18 October. 

Casting details will be revealed at a later date. The Lehman Trilogy is presented by the National Theatre and Neal Street Productions in association with Trafalgar Entertainment.

About the production

This production of The Lehman Trilogy was first commissioned by Neal Street Productions and developed and co-produced with the National Theatre premiering in the Lyttelton Theatre in 2018.  An acclaimed sold-out run at the Park Avenue Armory in the Spring of 2019 followed with The Lehman Trilogy returning to London for a 16-week sold-out run at the Piccadilly Theatre in the West End from in summer 2019. 

Following Broadway’s 18-month shutdown, The Lehman Trilogy was the first British play to return to Broadway — where it had previously played four performances in March 2020 — for a much-lauded limited engagement at the Nederlander Theatre from September 2021 until January 2022.  It was the most-awarded play on Broadway that year, winning Best Play, Best Director, Best Set Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Actor at the Tony Awards.  It transferred to the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles from March until April 2022, before returning to London’s West End in 2023 for a 17-week sold-out run.