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Noel Coward Theatre
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Enron
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Show Details
Preview 16th Jan 10
Opens 26th Jan 10
Closes 14th Aug 10
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Monday - Saturday 7.30 pm
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Bluffers Guide to Enron

You may not get in - it's packed, transferred and running extended. A success that takes on the vapourising miasma of a stark, lids-off the can of worms. - The can of worms is the gamble The gamble is the stock market and the horse it rode in on. The one thing Enron did was to show up the nature of the game. It's a casino as well as being a hotbed of crime and debauchery. The volcano of the turbulence of the financial system errupted with both molten larvae and a pyroclastic flow. It was like a bursting boil of pustelence that is our usurious 'economy'.

  

And humans played the parts. The play is a human exposition of how people actually behave and react to the Enron type of circumstances. The plot is as old as the hills. Dumb at the top and at the bottom the main players are sandwiched between.

People play people. It's humbling to realise that 'this sort of thing' happens in the company on the high street as well as in the living room. And of course bars.


Story

Yeah right ;-) What do we know? It's been in the press, who reported with an imbalance between their pru righteousness about loading the dice and jogging the roulette wheel, in the casino called 'investment'... and on the other hand a sneaking admiration for the Oceans 11 panache of the thieves stealing from crooks anyway.  Who cares? A bit Captn Jack Sparrow if you ask me. Especially as the characters were portrayed almost sympathetically with the prerequisite of women cheer or gloom leading some action.

So what do we know? It's simple. We see greed and we observe wastrels coining it in with each glob of slimy hypocrisy amidst a flow of meaningless waffledeblah.  A crime was done - no sign of commitment - and the Top guys in Enron are complicit with the traders and lest we forget the buyers and sellers themselves of Enron stock.

Were you an innocent party? you people who bought and sold Enron to make your margins? No all stockholders are accessories to the crime are they not?  Think about it - gambling is actually forbidden in Natural and Common Law.

"We're not just an energy company - we're a powerhouse of ideas".


Cast

Tim Pigott-Smith - Ken Lay
Samuel West - Jeffrey Skilling
Amanda Drew - Claudia Roe
Tom Goodman-Hill - Andrew Fastow
Gillian Budd
Peter Caulfield
Howard Charles
Susannah Fellows
Stephen Fewell
Tom Godwin
Orion Lee
Eleanor Matsuura
Ashley Rolfe
Ewan Wardrop
Trevor White

• Director - Rupert Goold
• Design - Anthony Ward
• Lighting - Mark Henderson
• Sound - Adam Cork
• Producers - Royal Court Theatre, Headlong / Chichester Festival / Act Productions / Neal St Productions
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