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New cast for London Enron

Published 6 May 2010

Corey Johnson, Paul Chahidi, Sara Stewart and Clive Francis are to lead the new cast of Enron from 10 May as the production extends its run at the Noël Coward theatre to 14 August.

Lucy Prebble’s play about the downfall of the American energy giant of the title opened in the West End in January following sold-out runs at Chichester Festival Theatre and the Royal Court. With its original cast led by Samuel West, Tom Goodman-Hill, Amanda Drew and Tim Piggott-Smith, the play has proved a London success story, winning director Rupert Goold a Laurence Olivier Award earlier this year.

Johnson, who takes over from West as Jeffrey Skilling, previously appeared in Goold’s production of The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot at the Almeida theatre and also has credits including Frost/Nixon at the Donmar Warehouse, Death Of A Salesman at the National Theatre and A Prayer For My Daughter at the Young Vic.

Chahidi, who plays Andy Fastow, has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company and has London stage credits including Rhinoceros and Aunt Dan And Lemon at the Royal Court, The Female Of The Species in the West End and, most recently, Nation at the National Theatre.

Stewart’s stage credits include The Hour We Knew Nothing Of Each Other at the National Theatre, The Pain And The Itch at the Royal Court and Proof at the Donmar Warehouse, while she has been seen on television in The Prisoner, Robin Hood and Sugar Rush.

Veteran stage actor Francis was recently seen at the National Theatre in Never So Good and is familiar for his frequent guest appearances in television shows including New Tricks, Rosemary & Thyme and Wycliffe.

Despite Enron’s success in London, Prebble’s play has failed to be embraced by Broadway audiences. The New York production, which opened on 27 April, has announced it will close on 9 May after just 12 days.

After its extended stay at the Noël Coward theatre, the London production of Enron will return to Chichester Festival Theatre before embarking on a UK and international tour.

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