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Previewed 17 September 2009, opened 22 September 2009 closed 7 November 2009 at the Royal Court Theatre in London, transferred 16 January 2010, opened 26 January 2010, closed 14 August 2010 at the Noel Coward Theatre in London. Production originally previewed 11 July 2009, opend 22 July 2009, closed 29 August 2009 at the Minerva Theatre at the Chichester Festival Theatre in Chichester.
There was a warning. And its name was Enron
Based one of the most infamous scandals in financial history and using music, movement and video, Enron mixes classical tragedy with savage comedy as it follows a group of flawed men and women in a narrative of greed and loss which reviews the tumultuous 1990s and casts a new light on the financial turmoil in which the world finds itself in 2009.
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Lucy Prebble's play Enron in London is directed by Rupert Goold and comes into London's West End following critically acclaimed season at The Chichester Festival Theatre and Royal Court Theatre.
"Not to be missed. The political theatre of the 21st century has arrived, in some style" The Times
"Lucy Prebble's gripping new play, Enron, is about one of the great corporate rip-offs of all time... Prebble's play - and hats off to her - gets a fabulous treatment from the creatives: director Rupert Goold, designer Anthony Ward and the choreographers. The result is an eye-socking, mad cabaret of flickering stock prices, neon cityscapes, ticker-tape blizzards and floor traders gyrating with adrenaline... But it's the giddy intoxication of nonexistent money that the play homes in on... The actors have a lovely time. Sam West as Skilling is wonderfully shifty... Tim Pigott-Smith has an avuncular, absent air as Ken Lay... Andy Fastow is played by an entertainingly freaked-out Tom Goodman-Hill, and Amanda Drew is sexy as Claudia Row." The Mail on Sunday
"One of those rare works that crystallises the mood of its age" The Daily Telegraph
"Boldly combining research and poetic licence, it envisages what went on behind closed doors at the titular US energy corporation in the 1990s - eventually leading to the 2001 scandal, when the company's massive accountancy fraud was exposed. Keenly awaited, Enron proves to be a slick, ironic and exhilaratingly assured drama... and reverberates with the almighty financial mess we're in today. Hotshot Rupert Goold directs. Samuel West excels himself in his portrayal of Jeffrey Skilling... What Prebble and Goold interestingly highlight is how dangerously inventive these guys were, playing games with virtual earnings, creating almost Pirandellian confusions between the real and the illusory - all based on crazy hubristic optimism." The Independent on Sunday
"A scalpel-sharp play - exhilarating" The Financial Times
"Making the virtual look real, turning ideas into flesh, is part of the business of theatre. How better to give life to the illusions of finance, of trading in futures. As is proved by Rupert Goold's tremendous production of 28-year-old Lucy Prebble's first-rate new play. Dazzle and evanescence is everywhere: the evening twists continually between the actual and the insubstantial. This is one of the most incisive, most grown-up political dramas of the past 10 years... It's astonishing that this is only Prebble's second play." The Observer
"An exhilarating mix of political satire, modern morality and multimedia spectacle. A fantastic theatrical event" The Guardian
"With a rare alchemy, Lucy Prebble has managed to turn it into a tragedy on a grand scale with universal themes: greed, vanity and the futility of human endeavour. There are jaunty dance routines in Rupert Goold's slickly directed production and a surprising number of laughs. While it isn't done any more to say this in the financial pages, I say it here with conviction: Enron is a strong buy." The Sunday Telegraph
PLEASE NOTE: Contains adult themes and strong language.
Enron at the Minerva Theatre at the Chichester Festival Theatre previewed from 11 July 2009, opend on 22 July 2009 and closed on 29 August 2009. Transferred to Royal Court Theatre previewed from 17 September 2009, opened on 22 September 2009 and closes 7 November 2009, transfers to the Noel Coward Theatre with previews from 16 January 2010, opens on 26 January 2010 and closes on 14 August 2010.