The Old Vic presents an original play written by Lucy Prebble and directed by John Crowley (Brooklyn, The Goldfinch) which tells the story of Alexander Litvinenko, the ex-FSB officer who was poisoned in London in 2006. 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.

Lucy Prebble

The play, based on on the Guardian/Faber book by Luke Harding follows Litvinenko and his wife Marina on their journey from Moscow to London which ended in  the A&E department of a North London hospital as doctors try to solve their mystery patient’s illness.

A Very Expensive Poison: The Definitive Story of the Murder of Litvinenko and Russia’s War with the West by Luke Harding

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.