The Lehman Trilogy
National Theatre, 4th July to 22nd September
The collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008 is a distant catastrophe in this triptych by Stefano Massini. It tells the story of three mid-19th-century immigrant Jewish sons of a Bavarian cattle merchant who found the bank and become kings of Wall Street. The play, already seen in Paris and Milan, is newly adapted by Ben Power for director Sam Mendes. The brothers are played by Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles. American Express took over the bank in 1984 and the play moves quickly into a new era of financial speculation.
Barry Humphries’ Weimar Cabaret
Barbican Theatre, 11th to 29th July
This is a welcome return for a revelatory cabaret from Barry Humphries, who discovered a lifelong passion for the banned songs of Nazi Germany—Korngold, Krenek, Kurt Weill and others—as a teenager in Melbourne. He shares his passion in a witty, sardonic commentary studded with music from slinky chanteuse Meow Meow (stand by for her “Sonata Erotica”) and the Aurora Orchestra. The show was briefly in London and the Edinburgh Festival two years ago, so this is a rare opportunity to see it.
Home, I’m Darling
Theatr Clwyd, Mold, 25th June to 14th July
Laura Wade, author of the outrageous Bullingdon Club satire Posh, runs a fantastical 1950s variation on Jack Popplewell’s Darling, I’m Home, a 1970s role-reversal comedy. Behind the gingham curtains being a domestic goddess turns out to be harder than it looks. And who wants to be a perfect housewife anyway? Bright spark Katherine Parkinson (above) leads Tamara Harvey’s production, which moves into the National Theatre at the end of July.