Visit London Blog » enron Enjoy the very best of London Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:00:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Thursday Theatre News: Tonys, We Will Rock You, Antony Sher, and Estelle Parsons Thu, 17 Jun 2010 17:42:35 +0000 Earlier this week, Broadway’s Tony Awards were a real pat on the back for London’s theatre scene.

Gongs went to several shows which began in London: the Donmar’s Red (about Mark Rothko) won six in all, including Best Play. And two productions from the Menier Chocolate Factory, La Cage Aux Folles and A Little Night Music, won four between them.

The total of 10 awards from 28 nominations for London productions is an impressive showing for West End transfers. Congratulations to everyone involved!

Back home, I’ve got X-Factor news. Remember Brenda Edwards? Well she’s coming to the West End on Monday as Killer Queen in We Will Rock You. She’s replacing the current Killer Queen Mazz Murray for 10 weeks over the summer. Break a leg, Brenda!

Other cast news includes heavyweight thesp Antony Sher (a multi-Laurence Olivier Award winner, no less) returning to the London stage. He’ll play in Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass at the Tricycle Theatre from late September. Miller’s popular in London at the mo: if you can’t wait til September to catch some of the great writer’s work, check out The Crucible or All My Sons, both currently playing in London.

And finally, Oscar-winner Estelle Parsons is to make her West End debut in Deathtrap later this year. (If you’re about my age, you’ll remember her best as the grandma in Roseanne.)

Deathtrap is about a struggling playwright whose student asks for help writing a new thriller. The student visits his mentor’s secluded house and a series of eventful twists and turns ensues…

But what an exciting cast Deathtrap is going to have. Alongside Estelle and London theatre regulars Claire Skinner (the mum in the BBC’s Outnumbered) and Simon Russell Beale, Jonathan Groff is also making his West End debut.

Yes, it’s time to stop swooning and get booking, Glee fans: Jesse St James is coming to London!

Also: any theatre lovers in London this weekend should get down to Leicester Square for West End Live. But you knew that already, right?!

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Thursday Theatre News: Tonys for London Transfers, a New Enron Cast, and Fringe News Thu, 06 May 2010 20:25:51 +0000 It’s been a great week for London shows on Broadway, despite the strange early-closure of Enron over there. The Tony Award nominations (the Oscars of American theatre) have been announced, and there are 28 London transfers in with a chance of a gong.

The two biggest hitters in the race are London’s Menier Chocolate Factory, and the Donmar Warehouse. Musicals from the Menier, A Little Night Music and La Cage Aux Folles both have a flurry of nominations: 11 for La Cage Aux Folles including Best Revival of a Musical. A Little Night Music is also up for Best Revival of a Musical, with its Broadway stars Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury both nominated. And the Donmar Warehouse has two shows in the nominations too: Hamlet (up for two awards including Best Performance by a Leading Actor for Jude Law), and John Logan’s new play, Red (which is in seven categories including Best Play!). And Enron’s got four nominations. It’s great to be able to say London saw these shows first…

Enron continues going strong in London, and has today announced a new cast. Corey Johnson (who you might recognise from The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot at the Almeida theatre, Frost/Nixon at the Donmar Warehouse or Death Of A Salesman at the National Theatre), RSC regular Paul Chahidi, Sara Stewart (from TV’s The Prisoner, Robin Hood and Sugar Rush) and Clive Francis (New Tricks, Rosemary & Thyme and Wycliffe) all take over from 10 May. And the show (which comes highly recommended!) is taking bookings until 14 August.

Finally for this week, some Fringe news. Finborough Theatre has announced its exciting-sounding summer season which includes Miss Lilly Gets Boned or The Loss of All Elephant Elders, an exploration of love, courage, family, sex and religion by one of America’s most exciting new writers, Bekah Brunstetter; and the first London revival in 50 years of the classic 1908 comedy What Every Woman Knows by J M Barrie, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of his birth. And Baron’s Court Theatre’s New Writing Season starts next week (11 May) with two shows: Usher, by Grigory Ryzhakov and That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore, by Michael Ross.

If you have any London theatre news to share, or are planning on seeing any London shows in the next week, let us know in the comments below.

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Question of the Week: The Olivier Awards – Have Your Say Mon, 22 Mar 2010 11:26:30 +0000

The Laurance Olivier Awards last night celebrated London’s thriving theatre scene in a ceremony held at the Grosvenor House Hotel.

You probably know who the winners are by now, but do you agree?

It was no surprise that Mark Rylance continued his run of award success by picking up Best Actor for his portrayal of Johnny “Rooster” Byron in Jerusalem.

Rachel Weisz beat off strong competition from Gillian Anderson, Imelda Staunton and Juliet Stevenson to take the Best Actress award for her portrayal of Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire.

Katori Hall became the first black female playwright to win Best New Play for The Mountaintop (proving that the spirit of International Women’s Day lives on.)

Spring Awakening, despite closing early due to low ticket sales, received the Best New Musical Award.

And congratulations to Rupert Goold who won Best Director for Enron (which we rather liked too.)

Have you seen any of the award-winners? Did the Oliviers get it right, or is there a theatrical gem they missed? We’d love to hear your views.

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Thursday Theatre News: Royal Court Theatre Special Thu, 04 Feb 2010 17:51:53 +0000 There’s so much exciting stuff going on at the award-winning Royal Court at the moment, I felt it was time to dedicate a whole post to their work…

You can see theatre in some pretty amazing places in London. The National Theatre’s brutalist exterior is breathtaking; under the arches at Shunt you can be transported into another world; I might’ve mentioned how much I enjoy The Globe somewhere before; summer drama in the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park is makes for a fantastically romantic evening…

But more often than not, if you see theatre in London, you’re likely to be in a fairly traditional auditorium.

The Royal Court is hoping to change all that. This week, they’ve announced they’re taking over a shop in the Elephant & Castle shopping centre in South East London.

It’s certainly a long way (in more than distance terms!) from their usual swanky Sloane Square residence.

The project, called Theatre Local sees Royal Court plays transfer to Units 215/216 at the Elephant & Castle shopping centre. The space seats 80, tickets cost £8: the idea is to build a new audience, one that would probably never buy a ticket for the Royal Court in Sloane Square.

The “season” opens with a three-week run of random by debbie tucker green (she doesn’t like capital letters). And this show will be followed by three Jerwood Theatre Upstairs shows from the Royal Court’s current season – Disconnect, The Empire, and Spur of The Moment – each of which will transfer for a short run.  

Dominic Cooke, artistic director of the Royal Court, says,

“Theatre Local takes Royal Court plays to the heart of a community that may not otherwise get the chance to see our work. It forms an integral part of our ambition to create unpredictable relationships between new plays and audiences.

“We felt Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre was the perfect base for us to start this venture.  It sits at the centre of one of the most vibrant and diverse communities in Europe and we are looking forward to forging links with local people and welcoming new audiences to see our shows.

“Experiencing these four very different plays in the bustling environment of a shopping centre should be a thrilling and invigorating experience for everyone involved.

“We hope it will contribute to creating a new generation of audiences for the Court, both at our home in Sloane Square and beyond.”

There’s more exciting stuff coming to the Royal Court in the coming weeks too.  With two blockbusters (Enron and Jerusalem) currently playing in the West End, and the above project kicking off, you’d think they’d be pausing for breath. Not so. Both Off The Endz (starring the lovely Ashley Walters) and Posh (which sounds terrifying) are currently booking on site, and both sound fantastic. I hope it’s going to be another great year for the theatre.

Check out the Off The Endz trailer here:

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Opening Night: Enron at the Noel Coward Theatre Wed, 27 Jan 2010 17:46:48 +0000

Yesterday, when the economists declared the recession officially over, I went to see a play about Enron, a financial “adventure” that could well be seen as related to our recent depression.

As opening nights go, it was pretty spectacular. The show’s already had rave reviews in Chichester and at the Royal Court. (You’ll remember we sent city worker Will to give us his views on the play back in September.) In addition, Rupert Goold had won the Critics Circle Award for Best Director earlier in the day, so excitement was running high in the theatre.

Add to that the swathes of stars also seeing the show, and I was struggling to stop myself staring, starstruck. Sharing a row with Charles Dance and Lindsay Duncan was one thing.

Spotting John Simm, Frank Skinner, David Dimbleby, AA Gill, Felicity Kendal, Cillian Murphy, Micky Dolenz and Benedict Cumberbatch spread throughout the rest of the theatre was another. I’m sure there were loads more famous faces there – the place was teeming with (really random) celebrities! Rupert Goold was also there, big-haired and relaxed in a brown suit.

Without a ticket to the after-party (sniff), I can’t tell you about anyone else, but I can tell you that Enron seems to be *the* West End play of the moment. It’s a fantastically fast-paced show; exciting, dramatic and revealing even to someone who understands incredibly little (and possibly cares less) about the financial world of the 1990s. Because Lucy Prebble’s play is about the characters as well as the money, combined with Goold’s trademark directorial craziness, it’s a brilliant piece of theatre.

Eron is booking at the Noel Coward Theatre until 8 May.

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Enron – A View from The City Wed, 30 Sep 2009 13:19:26 +0000 Enron, Royal Court Theatre, London

Enron, Royal Court Theatre, London

City worker Will H offers his take on Enron at the Royal Court Theatre:

I recently had the pleasure of seeing Enron. This new play lays bare the archetypal corporate crime of the 1990s. White-collar crime may not be traditionally fertile ground for drama, but writer Lucy Prebble and cast have done an excellent job of bringing to life the story of Enron: blowing up the bubble and then blowing up the company. 

At the heart of the play is a classic and well-crafted tragedy and morality tale. Accounting geeks Jeff Skilling (Samuel West) and Andy Fastow (Tom Goodman-Hill) find success exploiting aggressive interpretations of accounting rules. Amid ever-growing adulation and constant pressure, the pair double-up their bets and become ever more detached from the operating realities. Thus a minor sin snowballs into the fraud of the decade.

As the executives help corrupt – and are corrupted by – the “irrational exuberance” of the age, the audience is entertained by a series of well-aimed vignettes on the financial system. Expressed via the media of sassy Texans, Jedi energy traders and a pack of raptors, even mark-to-market accounting and off-balance-sheet finance can make for a riveting, thought-provoking night out.

Enron has sold out its run at the Royal Court. The production transfers to the Noël Coward Theatre from 16 January 2010 and is currently booking until 8 May.

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