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A Very Expensive Poison

Based on the Guardian/Faber book by Luke Harding


A shocking assassination in the heart of London. In a bizarre mix of high-stakes global politics and radioactive villainy, a man pays with his life.

At this time of global crises and a looming new Cold War, A Very Expensive Poison sends us careering through the shadowy world of international espionage from Moscow to Mayfair.

John Crowley (Brooklyn, The Goldfinch) directs Lucy Prebble’s (The Effect, ENRON) reimagining of Luke Harding’s jaw-dropping exposé of the events behind the notorious death of ex-FSB Officer Alexander Litvinenko.

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Act One: 1 hour 25 minutes

Interval: 20 minutes  

Act Two: 1 hour 20 minutes

Good To Know

A Very Expensive Poison includes the following:

• Flashing lights

• Loud noise (gunfire)

• Smoke and haze

• Tobacco and herbal cigarette smoke

• Some strong language and some mild sexual references

Suitable For Children

Suitable for ages 12+

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The Old Vic

The Cut, London


The Old Vic

Latest customer reviews

  • exhilarating and chastening

    17 September 2019

    A sudden decision, based on one newspaper review, which turned out to be well justified. It was compelling from the off, poignant and funny. Excellent cast, good ensemble playing, nifty scene changes, and full of surprises. Altogether a very stimulating performance.

    Thespifan Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Great show

    17 September 2019

    Was recommended to me and we were not disappointed - great cast!

    Andrie Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • A Muddle

    16 September 2019

    The dramatic treatment of the Litvinenko poisoning is an audacious theatrical endeavour, which doesn't quite come off. It falls unsuccessfully between a strong, moving and educative account of the event, its context, and its consequences, and, a knockabout treatment of the rich Russians in London, and a comic/sinister look at Putin. And a personal love story. The speech by Lugovoi about the sacrificies in the war and the fall of the Soviet Union was moving, but not well developed. So much of how Russia behaves can be explained by its history, geography, and enormous cultural diversity. The judicial inquiry received scant coverage, which let the play down.

    Nick Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Incredible!

    14 September 2019

    Go and see it, it's fantastic!

    Sarah Confirmed ticket purchaser