Casting has been announced for Lucy Prebble’s new play A Very Expensive Poison, based on Luke Harding’s book about the assassination of Alexander Litvinenko, which opens at the Old Vic next month. Tom Brooke will play Litvinenko, the Russian spy who was poisoned in London after he defected to MI6. Litvinenko died in London in November 2006 after being poisoned with the radionuclide polonium-210. Lloyd Hutchinson and Michael Shaeffer will play Dimitri Kotvun and Andrei Luguvoi, the two former agents Litvinenko met with the day before he was admitted to hospital.
A Very Expensive Poison Tickets
Lucy Prebble's long-awaited drama based on the assassination of Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko gets its world premiere at the Old Vic theatre in 2019, directed by John Crowley. Tickets for A Very Expensive Poison are available now.
Litvinenko worked as a spy for the FSB specialising in organised crime before he was arrested on charges of 'exceeding the authority of his position', after he accused senior officials of ordering the assassination of Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky. He fled to England with his family in 2000 and was granted asylum, but in 2006, he was hospitalised and later died after being poisoned with radioactive polonium.
In 2016, Luke Harding's book A Very Expensive Poison - on which this play is based - delved into this shocking case to explore whether this could have been ordered by Russia's very highest in command.
A Very Expensive Poison is at the Old Vic from 20th August to 5th October 2019.
Lucy Prebble's previous plays include ENRON (Noel Coward), The Effect (National Theatre) and The Sugar Syndrome (Royal Court Theatre).
A Very Expensive Poison tickets are available now.