‘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’.
Casting has today been announced for the world premiere of Lucy Prebble’s new play, ‘A Very Expensive Poison’, at the Old Vic.
Based on the Guardian/Faber book by Luke Harding, ‘A Very Expensive Poison’ is a jaw-dropping exposé of the events behind the notorious death of ex-FSB Officer Alexander Litvinenko.
This re-imagining by John Crowley sends us careering through the shadowy world of international espionage from Moscow to Mayfair.
Casting will include Thomas Arnold (Emmerson/Tim/Sergei/Mario), Tom Brooke (Alexander Litvinenko), MyAnna Buring (Marina Litvinenko), Callum Coates (onstage swing/Dr Virchis/FSB Officer 2), Marc Graham (onstage swing/Nurse David/Youth/FSB Officer), Amanda Hadingue (Professor Dombey/Lluba/Photographer/Dr Bhatt), Yasmine Holness-Dove (onstage swing/Natalia/FSB Officer 3/Youth 2/Waitress 2/Dr Dudhniwala), Lloyd Hutchinson (Dimitri Kotvun), Robyn Moore (onstage swing/Galina/Receptionist), Peter Polycarpou (Boris Bereszovsky), Sarah Seggari (Cabin Crew/Nurse Rezan/Australian Cleaner/Nurse), Michael Shaeffer (Andrei Luguvoi), Reece Shearsmith (The President), Gavin Spokes (DI Hyatt) and Bea Svistunenko (Anatoly Litvinenko/Nurse Michena/Waitress).
The production features set and costume design by Tom Scutt, lighting by Mimi Jordan Sherin, sound by Paul Arditti, choreography from Aletta Collins, composition from Paddy Cuneed, video by Ewan Jones Morris, voice by Charles Hughes D’aeth, dialect by Penny Dyer and casting by Jessica Ronane.
Lucy Prebble said: ‘Barely a week after the President of Russia declared liberalism dead in the Financial Times, it seems right to announce this explosive new play challenging that version of events. It follows the investigation Sasha Litvinenko undertook into his own murder, in the days before he died, and the fight for justice that Marina Litvinenko pursued for years after her husband’s death. It is a wild ride from Moscow in the 90s, into the heart of London’s institutions, from Scotland Yard to mid-range sushi eateries, to the seedier establishments of Soho. But above all, like anything meaningful, it’s a love story.’
Director John Crowley said: ‘I am very excited to be working with such a wonderful company of actors on Lucy’s astonishing play. And I look forward to audiences discovering afresh the shock of this story and how it speaks to the moment we currently find ourselves in globally.’
‘A Very Expensive Poison‘ will run at the Old Vic from 5th September, with previews from 20th August.