Previewed 17 September 2009, Opened 22 September 2009, Closed 7 November 2009 at the Royal Court Theatre
Previewed 16 January 2010, Opened 26 January 2010, Closed 14 August 2010 at the Noel Coward Theatre
Lucy Prebble's acclaimed play Enron in London
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.
PLEASE NOTE: Contains adult themes and strong language.
The ORIGINAL cast at London's Royal Court Theatre and the West End's Noel Coward Theatre (up to Saturday 8 May 2010) featured Samuel West as 'Jeffrey Skilling', Amanda Drew as 'Claudia Roe', Tom Goodman-Hill as 'Andy Fastow', and Tim Pigott-Smith as 'Ken Lay', with Ashley Rolfe as 'Ramsay', Eleanor Matsuura as 'Hewitt', Orion Lee as 'Senator', Peter Caulfield as 'Lehman Brother', Stephen Fewell as 'Arthur Andersen', Susannah Fellows as 'Congresswoman'/'Sheryl Sloman'/'Irene Gant', Tom Godwin as 'Lehman Brother', Andrew Corbett (Royal Court), Anna Martin, Ewan Wardrop (Noel Coward), Gillian Budd, Howard Charles, Matt Blair, Richard Taylor Woods, and Trevor White.
The SECOND cast at the West End's Noel Coward Theatre (from Monday 10 May to Saturday 14 August 2010) featured Corey Johnson as 'Jeffrey Skilling', Sara Stewart as 'Claudia Roe', Paul Chahidi as 'Andrew Fastow', and Clive Francis as 'Ken Lay', with Ewan Wardrop as 'Arthur Andersen', Jason Langley as 'Lehman Brother', Leila Benn Harris as 'Hewitt', Matt Dempsey as 'Lehman Brother', Shane Attwooll as 'Senator', Simon Coombs as 'Ramsey', Susannah Fellows as 'Congresswoman'/'Sheryl Sloman'/'Irene Gant', Antonio Magro, Derek Hagen, Ed Hughes, Matt Blair, Richard Taylor Woods, Saskia Butler, and Zoe Smith.
Directed by Rupert Goold, with choreography by Scott Ambler, designs by Anthony Ward, video and projection designs by Jon Driscoll, lighting by Mark Henderson, and music and sound by Adam Cork.
Prior to London this production was original staged at the Chichester Theatre's Minerva Studio - previewed from 11 July, opened on 22 July 2009, and closed on 29 August 2009 - with the same cast as at London's Royal Court Theatre.
Rupert Goold's London theatre credits include directing revivals of Luigi Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author at the Gielgud Theatre in 2008; Harold Pinter's No Man's Land starring Michael Gambon at the Duke of York's Theatre in 2008; Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie starring Jessica Lange at the Apollo Theatre in 2007; and William Shakespeare's Macbeth starring Patrick Stewart at the Gielgud Theatre in 2007.
"Lucy Prebble's Enron... 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... 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
"Played out in real life in a language of recondite financial terms, with only slide rules and balance sheets as props, Enron was the ultimate drama for accountants, but bored everyone else senseless. 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
"The biggest bankruptcy in American history was, at heart, an accounting scandal - not the stuff of riveting theatre, you might think. However, Lucy Prebble's dazzling play takes the saga of energy corporation Enron into the realms of classical tragedy, offering a glimpse of hubris and abyss that, twinned with savage humour and Rupert Goold's fast-paced direction, is captivating. Prebble manages to make high-concept fraud understandable as she leads us through the regulation-dodging machinations dreamt up by Jeffrey Skilling and his slavish financial officer Andy Fastow... The heightened unreality created by song-and-dance numbers, puppet accountants and red-eyed 'raptors' in Enron's dank basement emphasise how much of the company was actually a figment of the imagination." The London Metro
Enron in London at the Noel Coward Theatre previewed from 16 January 2010, opened on 26 January 2010, and closed on 14 August 2010.