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A Very Expensive Poison

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4.9/5 - based on 9 reviews
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About A Very Expensive Poison

Performance Times
Mon - 19:30
Tue - 19:30
Wed 14:30 19:30
Thu - 19:30
Fri - 19:30
Sat 14:30 19:30
Sun - -

A Very Expensive Poison description

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.

At this time of global crises and a looming new Cold War, A Very Expensive Poison sends us careering through the shadowy world of international espionage from Moscow to Mayfair.

John Crowley (Brooklyn, The Goldfinch) directs Lucy Prebble’s (The Effect, ENRON) reimagining of Luke Harding’s jaw-dropping exposé of the events behind the notorious death of Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.

★★★★★ ‘Truly theatrical. Swivels brilliantly between tragedy and farce.’ The Observer

★★★★★ ‘Stunningly political and superbly theatrical.’ The Stage

★★★★ ‘A surprising, theatrical, watchable night ends with a whack of seriousness.’ The Sunday Times

★★★★ ‘Funny and frequently exhilarating piece of theatre.’ Time Out

★★★★ ‘As tender as it is clever, as incensed as it is inventive. It’s a wonderful one-off.’ The Times

★★★★ ‘A uniquely theatrical spectacle.’ The Guardian

★★★★ ‘A brilliantly bold and ferociously intelligent drama about our slippery times.’ Financial Times

★★★★ ‘A rare breed of play, one of the highlights of the year so far.’ City AM

A Very Expensive Poison reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 9 reviews

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Recommended for:

Anyone (56%)
Families (56%)
Teenagers (67%)
Couples (67%)
Theatregoers (89%)
Latest customer reviews

A well acted play about a serious subject.

Reviewed on 05 October 2019 by , Turnford, United Kingdom


A brilliant show - funny, chilling, sad and ultimately life-affirming

Reviewed on 28 September 2019 by , Hastings, United Kingdom

tragic, clever, funny

A stunning performance from all of a fabulous piece

Reviewed on 16 September 2019 by , St Martin’s, Guernsey

An excellent production of a compelling story.

Reviewed on 15 September 2019 by , Narrabundah, Australia

Outstanding Acting and Writing Spoilt by Unnecessary Sexual Innuendo

If you have to leave signs in the bathroom about triggers, perhaps that is a sign that you are crossing a line. In an era of ME 2, when are writers and directors going to get the message? In one scene a Russian masturbates with an airline hostess who was checking him in. This spoilt what was a great play. The use of the F word so many times was unnecessary. Again great play and great writing. Some areas where more care is needed to make this a 10. Second half went on longer than necessary. Cut out the second disco scene.

Reviewed on 07 September 2019 by , San Diego, United States Of America

Must see

Reviewed on 31 August 2019 by , Esher, United Kingdom


Really enjoyed this show - sad, poignant, whimsical, funny. Serious points made about the behavior of Russia and of Britain in the wake of the poisoning of Litvinenko. Thoroughly recommended!

Reviewed on 26 August 2019 by , London, United Kingdom