A Very Expensive Poison

A Very Expensive Poison

by Lucy Prebble

Based on the Book by Luke Harding

Originally produced at The Old Vic, London, UK

From August 20, 2019



About the Premiere Production:

Synopsis: 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.


Suitable for ages 12+. Some strong language. This production includes smoking (tobacco and herbal cigarettes). For more information please see trigger warnings.

Director:  John Crowley

Set Designer: Tom Scutt

Lighting Designer: Mimi Jordan Sherin

Costume Designer: Tom Scutt

Sound Designer: Paul Arditti

Choreographer: Aletta Collins

Composer: Paddy Cunneen

Video: Ewan James Morris

Casting: Jessica Ronane CDG

Voice: Charles Hughes-D’Aeth

Dialect: Penny Dyer

Fights: Bret Yount

Baylis Assistant Director: Ebenezer Bamgboye


Cast:  Thomas Arnold, Tom Brooke, MyAnna Buring, Callum Coates, Marc Graham, Amanda Hadingue, Yasmine Holness-Dove, Lloyd Hutchinson, Robyn Moore, Peter Polycarpou, Sarah Seggari, Michael Shaeffer, Reece Shearsmith, Gavin Spokes, Bea Svistunenko