Goold has enjoyed a happy association with the Chichester Festival, where he premiered his award-winning and crtically acclaimed productions of Macbeth (2007) and Six Characters in Search of an Author (2008).
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.
ENRON is a co-production with the Royal Court, where it transfers following its Chichester run, which finishes on 29 August.
On the evidence of the overnight reviews, Goold has completed a trilogy of Chichester Festival successes. ENRON was almost unanimously acclaimed as a masterpiece of political theatre as critics fell over themselves to heap on the superlatives. The Daily Telegraph's Charles Spencer suggested it is already the production to beat at this year's theatre awards, while The Times' Dominic Maxwell excitedly invoked a “street party” in honour of Prebble and Goold's success in creating a political epic with “not a dull moment in it”. Samuel West's performance was heralded as “superb” and, according to Spencer, “the performance of his career”. All told, anyone who questioned whether Goold - described by the Evening Standard's Fiona Mountford in her review as “finest director of his generation” - had lost his midas touch of late should consider the question resoundingly answered.