3 actors, 3 acts, 3 hours 30 minutes.
Bravo, a must-see production. Brilliant.
Adam Goodley, Ben Miles, Simon Russell Beale. Stellar performances from each, directed by Sam Mendes, on a brilliant revolving set by Es Devlin.
Standing ovation from the packed Lyttleton Theatre at the National.
The actors play three generations of the Lehman family including, to much amusement, the wives and children, but remain throughout dressed in black Jewish clothes of their immigrant era.
This is the story of 150 years of Western Capitalism told through the story of one family.
The three Lehman brothers show what is possible for migrants in a capitalist system (despite many set-backs), and how unrestrained greed is ultimately the undoing of the justice, equality and liberty that the system promised. It also reinforces how a business cannot survive a third family generation (think Fairfax, Myer, Hordern, Packer or Gowings) and especially when it is run by strangers.