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Old Vic Theatre, London4.543 reviews
Award-winning playwright Lucy Prebble's new murder inspired drama A Very Expensive Poison to receive world premiere at the Old Vic

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Based on Luke Harding's gripping novel of the scandalous events behind the death of Russian spy, Alexander Litvinenko, the world premiere of Lucy Prebble's A Very Expensive Poison is set to open at the Old Vic on 19 August 2019 for a strictly limited engagement.

A Very Expensive Poison tickets are now available and thanks to the show's premature announcement as part of the Old Vic's Fourth Season before being delayed for the venue's Fifth Season, the buzz for this new play has been building up, which is why you'll want to be among the first to book the best seats and prices while stocks last!

What is the A Very Expensive Poison play all about?

Award-winning playwright and writer of the wildly popular series Secret Diary of a Call Girl Lucy Prebble tells of the notorious assassination of Alexander Litvinenko. Based on Guardian journalist Luke Harding’s book of the same name, A Very Expensive Poison brings a world of whistleblowing, defection, espionage, revenge and politics to the Off-West End stage.

For more information about Lucy Prebble's first new play in seven years, read our blog on the Top 7 Facts You Should Know About A Very Expensive Poison at The Old Vic.

The true story of Alexander Litvinenko

Alexander Litvinenko was a former officer of the Russian FSB and KGB who defected and became a naturalised British citizen. He worked as a writer, journalist and consultant for British Intelligence Services and was outspoken in his opposition to Vladimir Putin and his government, openly accusing them of staging bombings and other acts of terrorism to bring about Putin’s rise to power and orchestrating the murder of Russian journalists.  

In November of 2006, Litvinenko fell seriously ill and was hospitalized. He would never leave the confines of the hospital again. He died less than a month later, the first confirmed victim of polonium 210-induced acute radiation syndrome. Follow the twists and turns that prove that fact is often stranger than fiction.

A Very Expensive Poison cast and creatives

The upcoming bone-chiller play is directed by John Crowley and features set and costume design by Tom Scutt, sound design by Paul Arditti, lighting design by Mimi Jordan Sherin, composition by Paddy Cuneed, video by Ewan Jones Morris, choreography by Aletta Collins, voice coaching by Charles Hughe's D'aeth, dialect coaching by Penny Dyer, and casting by Jessica Ronane.

The cast was recently announced for the world premiere of A Very Expensive Poison showing at London's Old Vic Theatre. Game of Thrones actor Tom Brooke will lead the cast as Alexander Litvinenko. He is joined by MyAnna Buring (The Twilight Saga) as Marina Litvinenko, Peter Polycarpou as Boris Bereszovsky, Michael Shaeffer as Andrei Luguvoi, Lloyd Hutchinson as Dimitri Kotvun, Reece Shearsmith as The President, and Gavin Spokes as DI Hyatt.

The full cast of A Very Expensive Poison is completed by Thomas Arnold, Bea Svistunenko, Sarah Seggari, Amanda Hadingue, Yasmine Holness-Dove, Callum Coates, Marc Graham, and Robyn Moore.

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Additional Information

Age restriction

Suitable for ages 12+

Running time

To be confirmed.

Performance dates

20 August - 05 October 2019


Contains strong language


Audio Described performance: Mon 30 Sep 7.30pm Captioned performance: Fri 4 Oct 7.30pm

Venue Information

Old Vic TheatreThe Cut, Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8NB

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Customer Reviews

43 reviews4.5

Barbara Elms6th October

Having read the reviews I wasn't quite sure what the production would be like. It was excellent. There were some light moments - not out of place in such a dark story. Excellent performances across the board and very well designed and directed. A thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Irina2nd October

Exceptional play.

D J29th September

This play was good but comedy in my opinion doesn't have a place in this story ...

Edmund Crowther27th September

Quite an unusual play and a thrilling subject. It uses lots of unusual techniques. I would definitely recommend.

joseph sachs26th September

informative and well done

Nikki Milloy25th September

Very entertaining and innovative use of stage scenery. Putin as a narrator was clever and enjoyed the inclusion of music. Could have been a little shorter.

Sonya Scott Graham25th September


Raymond Weekes24th September

An extremely well staged and directed play. It had a clever script and the pace of the play was superb. Marvellous script.

Edita Sinickaite22nd September

The best play I’ ve ever seen. Sad story told in the most striking way with an adequate piece of irony

Adam Voss19th September

There are many moments of this production that are utter genius—dancing large-headed oligarchs, Putin in the balcony, intimate scenes of affection. But there are other moments that induce deep sleep, and do injustice to the fabulous acting, production design, lighting and stage transitions. This is a great show. Keep working on it and it will be superb!

Clipperphile119th September

I thought this was an excellent play, but was unimpressed with the performance of the actor who played Litvinenko. His Russian accent came and went and I found this distracting. Otherwise, though, no complaints.

Glenn Pasternack19th September

The flip between serious issues and farce was extremely annoying. The play can’t have it both ways.