Enron

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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.

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.

"Lucy Prebble's Enron, her second and highly accomplished satire, transferred to the Noel Coward Theatre in the West End this week. It brings to thrilling life the rise and collapse of the vast Texas energy company, which traded gas and oil and then, appropriately, went up in smoke. Prebble's achievement springs from giving imaginative substance to things illusory. For example, her creation of dinosaur-like creatures, which haunt the stage greedily guzzling debts, brilliantly explains the notion of the phantom companies that Enron's finance director set up to hide the borrowings of this gigantic business. Prebble's immorality tale is specifically about Enron, but it provides a guide to the way business was done back in 2001... While it's not a great play - the characters are cartoon-like crooks rather than real people - director Rupert Goold's Midas touch makes it glitter like one. The Lehman Brothers are suggested by conjoined men sharing an overcoat; the lawyers who turned a blind eye wear blindfolds. There are fine performances all round." The Mail on Sunday

"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.