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The Lehman Trilogy transfers to the West End

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

NEAL Street Productions has confirmed the West End transfer of its co-production with the National Theatre of The Lehman Trilogy.

Sam Mendes’ acclaimed production of Ben Power’s adaptation of Stefano Massini’s text about the rise and fall of the Lehman family’s extraordinary empire will play at the Piccadilly Theatre from May 11, 2019 for a 12 week season.

Prior to appearing at the Piccadilly Theatre, The Lehman Trilogy will play a limited season (March 22 to April 20, 2019) at the Park Avenue Armory in New York following its sell-out run at the Lyttelton Theatre.

Neal Street Productions’ theatre department is producing consistently on both sides of the Atlantic. The Ferryman, a co-production with Sonia Friedman Productions, is now in previews on Broadway ahead of its official opening on October 21. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is breaking records on its first US national tour and Shrek The Musical continues its second enormously successful UK tour with Laura Main (Call the Midwife) playing Princess Fiona.

Looking to the future, Caro Newling is co-producing a new musical theatre adaptation of Local Hero, which will begin performances at the Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh in March 2019 ahead of a season at London’s Old Vic. Other adapted and original stage productions are in planning and further details will be announced soon.

On TV, Call The Midwife Season 8 is currently filming, with Season 9 already commissioned. Informer, a new drama starring Paddy Considine, who is also currently appearing in The Ferryman on Broadway, will begin on BBC 1 on October 16 and Series 2 of Jez Butterworth’s Britannia is currently in production.

Neal Street Productions’ theatre department works closely with its TV and film colleagues in developing strong relationships with acting and creative talent who then regularly work in different media under the Neal Street banner.

Caro Newling, who collected an OBE for Services to the Arts on October 11, said: “I have a note in my diary from February 28, 2015 scribbled after chatting with Sam: 1. Find a literal translator for an Italian play 2. About Lehman banking family by Stefano Massini 3. We should all read ASAP. Two months later we had a translation, an adaptor in Ben Power with whom we had worked on two series of The Hollow Crown, and two producing partners in Pierre Audi and Rufus Norris. The generosity of spirit from our colleagues, who grasped and supported the same vision, has been beyond price.”

Tickets: From £18. Book via nationaltheatre.org.uk, by calling 020 7452 3000 or via ATG on 0844 871 7630 (calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge).

NB: Tickets go on sale to National Theatre members on October 23, and to the general public on November 2, 2018.