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Previewed 16 January 2010, Opened 26 January 2010, Closed 14 August 2010 at the Noel Coward Theatre in London.
Lucy Prebble's play Enron in London's West End following runs at the Chichester Festival Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre and directed by Rupert Goold.
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.
"My Tip: Invest in a ticket" Bloomberg
The cast for Enron in London features Samuel West, Amanda Drew, Tom Goodman-Hill and Tim Pigott-Smith along with Gillian Budd, Peter Caulfield, Howard Charles, Susannah Fellows, Stephen Fewell, Tom Godwin, Orion Lee, Eleanor Matsuura, Ashley Rolfe, Ewan Wardrop and Trevor White. Directed by Rupert Goold with designs by Anthony Ward, lighting by Mark Henderson, music and sound by Adam Cork, video and projection designs by Jon Driscoll and choreography by Scott Ambler. This production comes into West End following seasons at the Minerva Theatre at the Chichester Festival Theatre from July to August 2009 and the Royal Court Theatre in London from September to November 2009. Rupert Goold's West End credits include directing revival of Luigi Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author (Gielgud Theatre 2008), Harold Pinter's No Man's Land starring Michael Gambon (Duke of York's Theatre 2008), Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie starring Jessica Lange (Apollo Theatre 2007) and William Shakespeare's Macbeth starring Patrick Stewart (Gielgud Theatre 2007). PLEASE NOTE: Contains adult themes and strong language.
"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
Enron in London at the Noel Coward Theatre previewed from 16 January 2010, opened on 26 January 2010 and closed on 14 August 2010.