The 2009 season featured a world premiere of ENRON by young playwright Lucy Prebble, a co-production with Headlong and the Royal Court. Much like Nicholas Nickleby two years earlier, advance sales were not promising - audiences did not seem convinced by the idea of a play about the financial crash.
Things changed when the production opened: standing ovations most nights, sensational reviews and a complete sell-out. The production went on to take London by storm, transferring to a sell-out run at the Royal Court and in the West End, before returning to the Festival Theatre in 2010. Kate Mosse remembers it as "the most exhilarating piece of physical theatre I have ever seen" (Chichester Festival Theatre at Fifty).
There are not that many theatres - outside of the National and the RSC - where Headlong could come and say: 'We want to do a new play, with nobody cast in it, in the studio with seventeen people, marauding dinosaurs and video.' We want to fund that artistic inspiration.
Artistic Director Jonathan Church on ENRON