The Lehman Trilogy

“Genuinely epic… It’s the miracle of three men, on a nearly naked stage, resurrecting vanished lives and worlds, leaving an oddly indelible afterglow in that final fade into darkness.”
The New York Times, Critic’s Pick

“This is theatrical storytelling at its most thrilling…Much of the production’s impact is due also to the genius of the design elements, housed to perfection in the massive Drill Hall at the Park Avenue Armory”
The Hollywood Reporter

From the arrival of three brothers from Bavaria to America in search of a new life to the collapse of the firm they established, triggering the largest financial crisis in history, the story of the Lehman Brothers traces the trajectory of western capitalism by following the fortunes of a single immigrant family. Originally documented by Italian playwright Stefano Massini, this vast and poetic play gets a thrilling new life at the Armory following a sold-out run at the National Theatre in London in an adaptation by Ben Power and directed by Sam Mendes.

Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley, and Ben Miles reprise their critically acclaimed portrayals of the Lehman Brothers, their sons, and grandsons spanning nearly two centuries and told in three parts on a single evening. Es Devlin’s set coupled with Luke Halls’s video design provides a panorama of a changing American landscape against which the dynastic drama unfolds. Making its highly anticipated North American premiere, this electrifying production serves as a parable of the shifting definition of the American dream.

Artist Talk: The Lehman Trilogy
Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 6:00pm

Watch the Conversation

Director Sam Mendes and Ben Power discuss adapting Stefano Massini’s epic and realizing the immigrant story in modern times. Playwright Lynn Nottage moderates.

North American Premiere
by Stefano Massini
adapted by Ben Power
Sam Mendes, Director
Es Devlin, Set Designer
Katrina Lindsay, Costume Designer
Luke Halls, Video Designer
Jon Clark, Lighting Designer
Nick Powell, Composer and Sound Designer
Candida Caldicot, Music Director
Polly Bennett, Movement

Starring Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley, and Ben Miles

Produced by the National Theatre and Neal Street Productions,
in collaboration with Park Avenue Armory.


The Lehman Trilogy is supported in part by a generous grant from the Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Foundation. Additional sponsorship support is provided by SHOWTIME. The Lehman Trilogy is also is supported in part by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Image: Tightrope walker photography by Sorted | New York photography courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration


March 22–April 20, 2019

Wednesday, March 27 at 6:30pm
Monday–Thursday at 7:00pm
Friday at 7:30pm
Saturday at 1:00pm and 7:30pm

Wade Thompson Drill Hall

View the seating chart.

This performance is approximately 3 hours and 20 minutes, including two 15 minute intermissions.

Rush tickets:
A limited number of $45 rush tickets will be available on the day of each performance at the Box Office beginning at 12:00pm (limit two rush tickets per person). Join our mailing list and follow the Armory on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates about rush tickets.

Cancellation line:
There is an in-person cancellation line where returned tickets are available two hours prior to the performance start time. Patrons will leave their names on a list in the order that they arrive. Names will be called from the list if any tickets become available.

Chairman’s Circle members receive access to tickets where available:
Armory Chairman’s Circle members at the Bronze level and above receive access to house seats to select sold-out performances where available. To become a Chairman’s Circle member call (212) 616-3958.

Other ways to buy:
Tickets can be purchased by phone by calling the Box Office at (212) 933-5812 Monday–Friday, 10:00 AM–6:00 PM.

Sign up for our email list to get notifications and reminders about purchasing tickets for this and other upcoming events.

Please note there is a limit of six tickets per person. Any orders placed that exceed this limit will be canceled without notice and the tickets will be invalid.

Park Avenue Armory is not responsible for tickets purchased through unauthorized third parties including ticket brokers and outlets such as ticket resale websites. Tickets purchased from third parties may not be valid or have cash value, may be ineligible for exchange, and may be unusable for admittance. Learn more on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

2019 Season Sponsors:

Media Partner: