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THE LEHMAN TRILOGYStefano Massini’s acclaimed epic of immigrant commerce, high finance, and spectacular ruin—stars Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley, and Ben Miles as a cast of dozens across a century and a half of ascendancy while remaining the three Lehman brothers—Henry, Meyer, and Emanuel—who stepped off the boat in 1844, landing in the “magical music box” of America.

The original five-hour version premiered in Paris in 2013, and went on to Milan, where it was first seen by director Sam Mendes. Shortened to a little over three hours, adapted into English by Ben Power, and designed by by Es Devlin, THE LEHMAN TRILOGY is on the West End boards for one more month. Fortunately for local audiences, over the next several months L.A. Theatre Works will present six encores of the National Theatre Live presentation.


Saturday, July 27.

Sunday, July 28, August 4, August 25, and September 8.

Saturday, November 23.

All presentations at 3 pm.

James Bridges Theater

Melnitz Hall, UCLA

235 Charles E. Young Drive, Los Angeles.


Through August 31.

Piccadilly Theatre

16 Denman Street, Soho, London.

The Lehman Trilogy, from top: Simon Russell Beale (2); Beale (left), Ben Miles, and Adam Godley; Miles, Beale, and Godley; Godley; Miles, Godley, and Beale; Miles; Beale, Miles, and Godley; Godley, Beale, and Miles. Photographs by Mark Douet. Images courtesy and © the photographer, the performers, the designer, and the National Theatre.


“We think we are super ‘woke,’ yet in reality we rely on a whole cast of modern slaves.

“[JULIE] becomes really intersectional and really political. I wanted to show the dark heart of liberalism, especially in this building [the National Theatre in London]—which is populated by the liberal elite—and to go for the jugular. I’m part of it: Julie is not a million miles off me as a character.” — Polly Stenham*

Stenham’s dynamic modern take on Miss Julie follows the bare bones of August Strindberg’s plot: the title character—played by Vanessa Kirby—throws a raucous party to celebrate her new single status. She pays a visit to the kitchen—attended by her Brazilian maid (Thalissa Teixeira)—and draws the attention of her father’s driver (Eric Kofi Abrefa). Complications ensue.



Sunday, September 30 and October 7, at 3 pm.

James Bridges Theater, UCLA, 235 Charles E. Young Drive, Los Angeles.

On rewiting Strindberg.

Vanessa Kirby and Eric Kofi Abrefa in Julie.