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Award-winning playwright Lucy Prebble's new murder inspired drama A Very Expensive Poison to receive world premiere at the Old Vic
Based on the Guardian/Faber book by Luke Harding WORLD PREMIERE 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 Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.
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Rated 4.5 out of 5 (43 Reviews)
  • Review Avatar Aug 25, 2019

    Play needs to be cut. Too repetitive. Actors were good.

  • Review Avatar Aug 25, 2019

    Very good play. Dynamic and with high quality actors. Highly recommended.

  • Review Avatar Aug 28, 2019

    An interesting way of dealing with a serious issue. Lots of dark humour.

  • Review Avatar Aug 29, 2019

    Lucy Prebble has written a superb and important play about the death of Litvinenko using the emotions of the personal with an impressive grasp of the political context. Her villains are comic and sinister by turn and the central couple touching and truthful. The production is brilliant.

  • Review Avatar Aug 29, 2019

    Amazing show... thoroughly entertaining, funny and clever.

  • Review Avatar Aug 29, 2019

    This was a fantastic play with an excellent cast. My son and I thoroughly enjoyed it and we thought the Russian accents were incredible throughout the play. The set was amazing and so cleverly changed throughout the Production.

  • Review Avatar Aug 31, 2019

    Brilliant play, well staged, fantastic acting and thoroughly enjoyable evening

  • Review Avatar Aug 31, 2019

    Really interesting play. We need more plays that are controversial but in the same time highlight an issue and make people think. Really good!

  • Review Avatar Aug 31, 2019

    Superb evening’s entertainment. Poignant, passionate and some great moments of humour.

  • Review Avatar Aug 31, 2019

    Amazing play, set design exceptional, acting exemplary and extraordinary content handled with compassion, humour and intelligence.

  • Review Avatar Sep 1, 2019

    I very much enjoyed the play. The occasional humor did not detract from the seriousness of the subject, but rather added to it.

  • Review Avatar Sep 1, 2019

    Excellent production

  • Review Avatar Sep 1, 2019

    A fantastic drama which took the audience through the full gamut of emotions. We felt the atmosphere was broken at the end with members of the audience reading (badly) the judge's ruling. The actors were all believable and we did feel that we were part of some 'in jokes'. Would recommend and would like to see it again, it just lost something with the final audience participation. It made us question our complicity in the sale of our democracy and the craven nature of 'Perfidious Albion' and the long reach of corruption and how powerless we are truly.

  • Review Avatar Sep 1, 2019

    Imaginatively presented with an excellent cast. Brilliantly written and interpreted. Must go.

  • Review Avatar Sep 1, 2019

    Brilliantly scripted, acted and produced. My mates told me it would be a desert of humour. How wrong were they.

  • Review Avatar Sep 1, 2019

    Scary stuff

  • Review Avatar Sep 1, 2019

    I saw Enron and thought it excellent. But I’m afraid that Lucy Prebble didn’t pull it off this time. It is quite a challenge to turn a cold blooded particularly nasty murder into a comedy and though there were some funny lines it too often became farcical. The assassins became complete buffoons. Accents kept changing too and it was too long....sorry

  • Review Avatar Sep 1, 2019

    Excellent acting by Alexander and Marina Litvinenko. Found the Putin character irritating

  • Review Avatar Sep 2, 2019

    Brilliant and funny performance

  • Review Avatar Sep 2, 2019

    Fantastic evening - very informative and funny - held us captivated throughout