Award-winning playwright and writer of the wildly popular series Secret Diary of a Call Girl Lucy Prebble tells of the assassination of Alexander Litvinenko. Based on Guardian journalist Luke Harding’s book of the same name, A Very Expensive Poison brings a world of whistleblowing, defection, espionage, revenge and politics to the stage.
Alexander Litvinenko was a former officer of the Russian FSB and KGB who defected and became a naturalised British citizen. He worked as a writer, journalist and consultant for British Intelligence Services and was outspoken in his opposition to Vladimir Putin and his government, openly accusing them of staging bombings and other acts of terrorism to bring about Putin’s rise to power and orchestrating the murder of Russian journalists.
In November of 2006, Litvinenko fell seriously ill and was hospitalized. He would never leave the confines of the hospital again. He died less than a month later, the first confirmed victim of polonium 210-induced acute radiation syndrome. Follow the twists and turns that prove that fact is often stranger than fiction.
The upcoming bone-chiller play is directed by John Crowley and features set and costume design by Tom Scutt, sound design by Paul Arditti, and lighting design by Mimi Jordan Sherin. The cast for the world premiere of A Very Expensive Poison will be announced in due course.
Access description: There is a ramp from street level into the foyer and the box office is on your right. Handrails are available on either side of the entrance. From the foyer there are seven steps into the Stalls (without handrails). There are 20+ steps to the Dress Circle and a further 20 steps to the Baylis Circle (with handrails). The theatre is open 1 hour before the performance.
Sound Amplification: Sennheiser infra-red system. A unit is required to be collected from the cloakroom for a £5 deposit (which will be refunded on return of the unit). 30+ units available, including in-ear types and loop units to be used with the T-setting/switch on hearing aids. Some seats are unsuitable for use with the units, please inform the box office at the time of booking if one is likely to be needed. Induction loop is available at the walk-up box office.
Guide Dogs: Guide dogs are allowed into the auditorium. Alternatively, staff can dog-sit. Pleae inform Box Office at time of booking.
Disabled Access: There is a ramp from street level into the foyer. One wheelchair position in Stalls seat N5, a companion can sit in N6. In the case of a transfer, the wheelchair will be stored in the adapted toilet which is next to the access door and close to the wheelchair position. Please discuss any access needs with the box office at the time of booking.
Toilets: There are men’s and women’s off the Pit bar, and 21 steps up from the Lilian Baylis bar.
Disabled Toilets: Adapted WC on the left inside the side entrance