National Theatre Live (NT Live), which the Royal National Theatre first unveiled in 2009, is a program that films the most popular plays of England and the United States and playing it at performance theatres and movie theaters around the world. In Korea, the National Theatre of Korea introduced this for the first time in March 2014 and screened a total of 18 works to this day. For the three performances scheduled for February, audiences can choose from comedy, economics and history, and best sellers of England and the US. ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ and ‘The Lehman Trilogy,’ which were selected as the plays to show in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Royal National Theatre NT Live, were introduced for the first time in Korea and it will also show the ‘Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,’ which was selected as the number one play that the audiences of the NT Live wanted to see again from the survey conducted in March 2019.
The start and end to the downfall of the Lehman Family that signaled the global economic crisis
‘Lehman Trilogy’ is a work about the ‘Lehman Brothers’ incident in which the largest corporate bankruptcy in history became the starting point of a global financial crisis that began in the US in 2008. It is the most recent work of Sam Mendes, who captivated Korean audiences with National Theater (NT) Live ‘King Lear,’ and after its premier at the Royal National Theatre in England, the work received a spotlight being performed at Broadway, New York in 2019.
‘Lehman Trilogy’ compressed the 163-history of the Lehman family that built the global investment bank, Lehman Brothers, into 3 hours and 30 minutes. The work talks about the story of three brothers immigrated from Germany to the US in 1844 and started a small clothing store then gradually expanded their businesses over three generations, and it talks about how they started a global investment bank and how it finally fell. The fall of the Lehman Family that instantly froze the global financial market clearly shows the other side of American capitalism. Director Sam Mendes explained that, “How does a system that was devised to help people end up destroying people?” is the question that this work asks the audience.
Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley, and Ben Miles play the roles of the Lehman Brothers, their children and grandchildren, thus acting as the characters over three generations as the lead characters of this epic saga. The three actors showed a remarkable performance beyond generation and time, and they were all named as the candidates for the Laurence Olivier Award.
Riveting. A hugely entertaining drama - Radio Times
Towering performances from three magnificent actors - What’s On Stage
The story of a family and a company that changed the world, told in three parts on a single evening. Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes directs Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles who play the Lehman Brothers, their sons and grandsons. 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.
Production / National Theatre, Neal Street Productions
Director / Sam Mendes
Writer / Stefano Massini
Adaptation / Ben Power
Cast / Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley, Ben Miles
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