Lucy Prebble’s second play had been highly anticipated for many years following the critical praise shown towards her debut production “The Sugar Syndrome” in 2003. But whilst she won the Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright and saw her play nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award it has been some time since she has graced London with a brand new full-length play. For the time in between she has instead written for television and contributed to other productions, before finally returning in 2009 with “Enron”.
It did not disappoint. As soon as it arrived at Chichester’s Minerva Theatre it was clear that something very special was at hand and it was quickly transferred to the Royal Court Theatre in London. The result was various award ceremonies dominated by the production and countless critics praising it to the sky.
It has also resulted in a West End transfer, which sees the production run at the Noel Coward Theatre in 2010 and continue its well-deserved success. The show has since been nominated for various Laurence Olivier Awards, the winners of which will be announced in March, but even before then it is clear that “Enron” will be a production people will be talking about for years to come.
The focus is on the infamous energy giant of the title, who made headlines around the world early in the Bush Presidency for the scandals that were linked to it. This caused great embarrassment for the American administration and eventually led to the company going bankrupt. “Enron” picks up the story before all of this in the 1990s when the seeds of its destruction were being sown as actions took place that would eventually lead to its demise.
To tell the story, the production also utilises music, dance and video so that 1990s capitalism is brought back to life for a critically acclaimed evening of brilliant storytelling.
The play is directed by Rupert Goold with a cast that includes well known actor Samuel West, who has appeared in and directed various productions for the Chichester Festival Theatre, the Minerva Theatre and the Donmar Warehouse. The result is a production that will stand the test of time and leave audiences eager to witness the next move from Lucy Prebble; a playwright with a promising future.
“Enron” is at the Noel Coward Theatre where it is currently taking bookings until Saturday 8th May 2010.
|Booking From:||Saturday, 16th January 2010|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 14th August 2010|
|Matinees:||Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
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