A Very Expensive Poison at Old Vic Theatre tickets
A Very Expensive Poison at Old Vic Theatre tickets

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About the show

The world premiere of Lucy Prebble's A Very Expensive Poison comes to the Old Vic. Charting a shadowy course through a world on the cusp of a new Cold War, this intriguing new play runs from 19 August 2019.

The play is based on the 2016 book by Luke Harding, which examines the assassination of Russian former KGB whistle-blower Alexander Litvinenko. The Evening Standard called the book “one of the best political thrillers (...) in years”.

In the heart of London, an assassination rocks the world. At the centre of a conflict of global politics and international espionage, one man meets his end. This stranger-than-fiction exposé takes us from Moscow to Mayfair, delving into the scandalous true story of Litvinenko and those who sought his demise.

Tom Brooke is set to play Litvinenko, having recently starred in Berberian Sound Studio at the Donmar Warehouse. He will be joined by MyAnna Buring (Ripper Street, Twilight) as Litvinenko's wife Marina.

Lucy Prebble is the writer behind the acclaimed plays The Sugar Syndrome, ENRON and The Effect. The latter won her the 2012 Critics' Circle Award for Best Play. John Crowley (Brooklyn, The Goldfinch) directs.

This jaw-dropping and profound stage adaptation promises a deep new perspective on a landmark moment in history. Catch the latest piece from the talented playwright Lucy Prebble at the Old Vic from 19 August 2019. The official opening night falls on 5 September.

Recommended for

Anybody who is interested in world politics shouldn’t miss the chance to secure A Very Expensive Poison tickets. Similarly, those who enjoyed Prebble’s play ENRON at Chichester Festival Theatre, the Royal Court or the Noël Coward Theatre will want to find out what her latest play has to offer.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 12+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 50 minutes (including interval)
Opened: 20 Aug 2019
Press night: 05 Sep 2019
Booking from: 04 Oct 2019
Booking until: 05 Oct 2019

Location and map

Old Vic Theatre
103 The Cut
London, SE1 8NB

51 Reviews Add review

Phenomenal. A thoroughly engrossing play with a deserved standing ovation. A poignant story with superb acting all round, that really... More

leepeddie 176, 31 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Clever, surreal, very impressive and somewhat glib. Not every aspect works but the elements that do work very well. Reece Shearsmith... More

jimd3 5' 10", 17 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This show was so much better then I anticipated! Telling the true story of how the former Russian spy Alexander Litvinyenko came to... More

joc78 5"4, 404 reviews, 4 helpful votes

A very emotive play and some important messages to be told. There were a couple of more flamboyant sequences near the end that I didn't... More

pl6125 186cm, 19 reviews, 0 helpful votes

A very enjoyable play that is well staged. It is a touch too long but it held my attention throughout.

LondonLass 5"1, 234 reviews, 14 helpful votes

I wasn't entirely sure what to expect when booking this one. The play is both tragic and very comic at the same time. It tells the... More

jamesg21 6"2, 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This show was so much better then I anticipated! Telling the true story of how the former Russian spy Alexander Litvinyenko came to... More

joc78 5"4, 404 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Very moving retelling of this true story. I was educated too, lots of history and facts I didn't know before despite the huge publicity... More

claremcsheaffrey 5'2, 24 reviews, 0 helpful votes

alicep6 5"3, 15 reviews, 0 helpful votes