Enron - Royal Court 2009
Opened 22 Sep 2009
Written: by Lucy Prebble
Directed: Rupert Goold
Cast: Tim Pigott-Smith (Ken Lay), Samuel West (Jeffrey Skilling), Amanda Drew (Claudia Roe), Tom Goodman-Hill (Andrew Fastow)
Synopsis: Based on real life and using music, movement and video, Enron explores one of the most infamous scandals in financial history, reviewing the tumultuous 1990s and casting a new light on the financial turmoil in which the world finds itself in 2009.
What the popular press had to say.....
HENRY HITCHINGS for THE EVENING STANDARD says, " The production...is sumptuous. Rupert Goold’s direction is minutely choreographed yet also has a compelling breadth of vision." MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "Lucy Prebble's play and Rupert Goold's production are so strong...What they vividly offer is not a lecture on corporate madness but an ultra-theatrical demonstration of it at work...Immaculate staging...The triumph of the evening is that it renders Enron's rise and fall in exciting theatrical terms, and leaves us with the feeling that, as the bonus culture thrives while others lose their jobs, the lessons of this vast collapse have still to be learned." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "Enron the drama has the energy that Enron the company finally lacked. It grips — and warns." NICK CLARK business reporter for THE INDEPENDENT says, "Enron is wildly ambitious and if it doesn't quite provide all the answers, it certainly – to borrow Enron's advertising slogan – manages to 'ask why'." JAMES HALL retail editor for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "It was phenomenal...gripping, shocking and strangely moving...It is a powerful, timely and thought-provoking piece of theatre."
Production photos by Manuel Harlan