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This show closed on October 5, 2019

About A Very Expensive Poison

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.

Run Time

3hrs 5min (inc. interval)

Start Date

End Date


Recommend age: 12+

Stunningly political and superbly theatrical
The Stage
Funny and frequently exhilarating piece of theatre
Time Out
Truly theatrical. Swivels brilliantly between tragedy and farce
The Observer

Old Vic

The Cut, London, SE1 8NB

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