Based on the Guardian/Faber book by Luke Harding, Lucy Prebble’s stage adaptation of A Very Expensive Poison will receive its world premiere at the Old Vic from August 2019. Inspired by recent events concerning Russian spies and poisonous attacks, the play offers a detailed outlook in the shadowy world of international espionage from Moscow to Mayfair.
Tom Brooke will play Alexander Litvinenko. Previous credits include Jerusalem at the Royal Court, transferring to the Apollo Theatre with the production. MyAnna Buring will make her Old Vic debut as Marina Litvinenko, Alexander's wife.
Reece Shearsmith will play 'The President'. Best known for starring in The League of Gentlemen, previous theatre credits include Hangman and The Dresser. Peter Polycarpou will play Russian tycoon Boris Bereszovsky, recently starring in Man of La Mancha. His previous credits include Oslo and City of Angels.
Lloyd Hutchinson and Michael Shaeffer will play Dimitri Kotvun and Andrei Luguvoi respectively, Alexander Litvinenko's two former agents.
The cast is completed by Thomas Arnold, Callum Coates, Marc Graham, Amanda Hadingue, Yasmine Holness-Dove, Robyn Moore, Sarah Seggari, Gavin Spokes and Bea Svistunenko.
At a time of global crises and a looming Cold War, A Very Expensive Poison re-imagines and dramatises the events behind the notorious death of Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko. When a shocking assassination happens in the middle of London, what happens when a man has to play with his life? Global politics and radioactive relationships come to the fore in this striking play, directed by John Crowley and written by Lucy Prebble.
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