The Lehman Trilogy

Date: Sunday, October 20, 2019

Showtime: 2PM

Price: $15 - $12 - $10

The story of a family and a company that changed the world, The Lehman Trilogy is directed by Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall, The Ferryman)

Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles play the Lehman brothers, as well as a cast of characters including their sons and grandsons, in an extraordinary feat of storytelling which the New York Times called ‘three of the most virtuosic performances you’re ever likely to see.’ They were jointly nominated in 2019 for a best actor Olivier Award.

The Lehman Trilogy weaves through nearly two centuries of Lehman lineage. 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.

Gerard Baker in the Wall Street Journal wrote, “you should crawl across broken glass to buy tickets to ‘The Lehman Trilogy.’”

Michael Riedel, writing in the New York Post about the upcoming Broadway production, which will feature the original cast, said it was “The must-see Broadway event of the season. It is epic in every conceivable way. You dare not miss it. Do anything you can to get a ticket to ‘The Lehman Trilogy’.”

The Bing Theater Will Screen the original National Theatre production at 2 pm on October 20.

Synopsis

Henry, Mayer and Emmanuel Lehman are three Jewish brothers from humble beginnings in Bavaria, who move to America in search of a better life. They set up a fabric and clothing store in Alabama, which later expands to sell materials for growing cotton.

After the cotton plantations of Alabama are destroyed in a fire, the Lehman brothers loan materials to the community in exchange for raw cotton, which they then sell onto factory owners for a profit. Soon, they have set up office in New York and are trading cotton from 24 different plantations across America.

The Lehman brothers move into investment banking, and over time, invest in everything from coffee to railways. As Henry, Mayer and Emmanuel grow older, the business is taken over by the next generation of Lehmans. Their ambitious sons and grandsons set their sights ever higher and gradually build a financial empire that manages to survive the Wall Street Crash of 1929. All three generations of Lehmans are haunted by terrifying nightmares foreshadowing their downfall. The Lehman Brothers expand to include a trading division and become one of the world’s biggest banks. The firm loses everything in the financial crash of 2008.