Described as an "epic tragedy", Enron is inspired by the real events surrounding the Texas-headquartered energy company that filed for bankruptcy in 2001. The cast is led by Samuel West (who has also enjoyed a fruitful association with Chichester) as the corporation's president Jeffrey Skilling, alongside Tim Pigott-Smith as chairman Ken Lay, Amanda Drew as a fictional executive and Tom Goodman-Hill as Fastow, a financial whizz-kid.
Although perhaps not as glowing as the reviews that greeted its premiere in Chichester (See Review Round-up, 23 Jul 2009), Enron can still be considered one of the hottest tickets in town after another raft of positive notices. Samuel West was again praised for his "masterful" depiction of Skilling, though the Independent's Paul Taylor, reviewing the play for the first time, sounded a rare note of negativity by highlighting the "undernourishment of the relationships" within Prebble's prize-winning text.
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