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The Lehman Trilogy to transfer to the West End

The show will open at the Piccadilly Theatre in 2019

Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley, and Ben Miles in The Lehman Trilogy
Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley, and Ben Miles in The Lehman Trilogy
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Sam Mendes' production of The Lehman Trilogy is to transfer to the West End, it has been announced.

The show, which opened at the National Theatre in July 2018, currently stars Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley, and Ben Miles, who will all reprise their roles for the West End run.

Ben Power's adaptation of Stefano Massini's novel, garnered strong reviews in its initial run, including a four-star write-up from WhatsOnStage critic Sarah Crompton. She called it 'a magical piece of storytelling'.

The piece looks at two centuries of the Lehman family, from the moment a young man from Bavaria arrives in New York, to 163 years later when the firm he and his brothers establish collapses.

The show opens on 11 May 2019, for a 12-week run at the Piccadilly Theatre, after a New York run at the Park Avenue Armoury. Tickets for the West End run are onsale to the public from 2 November.

Mendes commented: "The Lehman Trilogy was developed over three years without the constraint of a schedule, or even a destination – I was allowed time to find its form, and to build a wonderful team with which to make it.

"We are indebted to the National Theatre and the Park Avenue Armory for their unstinting support throughout, and I couldn't be more excited to show it to New York audiences and to be extending our London life in the West End."

Designs for The Lehman Trilogy are from Es Devlin, costume design by Katrina Lindsay, video design by Luke Halls, lighting design by Jon Clark, and music and sound design by Nick Powell. The music director is Candida Caldicot, with movement by Polly Bennett.