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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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17 Sep 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.

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17 Sep 2019

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

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16 Sep 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.

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14 Sep 2019

Go and see it, it's fantastic!

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14 Sep 2019

Best play I’ve seen in years! A rollercoaster of emotions from tearful to laughing. A surprisingly original way to tell this emotional story. Highly recommend anyone to see this play before it ends


When is it showing

Today - 5 Oct 2019

Cancellation Policy

No refunds or exchanges available after purchase


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+

Where Do I Go

The Old Vic

The Cut, London