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A Very Expensive Poison - Tickets


Witness a fascinating play that brings politics, espionage, whistleblowing and revenge to the West End stage. Follow the twists and turns of the story of a former Russian spy who defected from Russia and joined the British Intelligence Services.

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Written by Luke Harding, the novel outlines the events that led to the death of Alexander Litvinenko, a Russian spy. A former officer of the Russian KGB and FSB, Litvinenko had defected from Russia and become a British citizen. He was a consultant for the British Intelligence Services, and was very vocal about the Putin government, and accused them of murdering numerous Russian journalists and several other acts of terror.

The Story

A man dies in a London hospital on the 23rd of November, 2006. He has just been ill for 3 weeks and his health had deteriorated rapidly. This man was a former officer of the secret police of Russia. His death was not natural, since it becomes clear that he had been poisoned by a radioactive substance. It was highly likely that the murder had been ordered or approved by the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin.

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Show Timings

Monday - Saturday 7:30 PM
Wednesday & Saturday 2:30 PM


Leading Roles

Directed by
John Crowley

Design & Costume
Tom Scutt

Lighting by
Mimi Jordan Sherin

Sound by
Paul Arditti

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Suitable for ages 12+

Available Facilities
Wheelchair accessible
In-house bar
Infrared Hearing Loops

The Old Vic Theatre has a seating capacity of 1,067.

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in West End.

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theatre is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

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