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A Very Expensive Poison

St Paul's Church (Circomedia) Bristol

Key Information
  • Dates Sat 17 Feb 2024 - Sat 24 Feb 2024
  • Location St Paul's Church (Circomedia) Bristol
  • Running Time

    To be confirmed

  • Accessibility

    BSL Interpreted performance on Fri 13 Feb at 7:30 pm. Signer: Sherrie Eugene-Hart


“If somebody says this person was murdered by the state, how are we supposed to believe it?”

Written by Luke Harding
Adapted by Lucy Prebble
Directed by Aaron Parsons
Designed by Jess Watson and Millie Richmond

His name was Alexander Litvinenko. A former Russian intelligence officer turned vocal Putin critic, granted asylum in Britain – but his outspoken opposition would prove fatal. Seen profoundly through the eyes of Litvinenko’s grieving wife Marina, award-winning playwright Lucy Prebble untangles the events of a shocking assassination on British soil, based on Luke Harding’s gripping novel. 

The students of Bristol Old Vic Theatre School are thrilled to return to the evocative setting of St Paul’s Church, hot off the heels of their galvanising 2023 production of ‘Emilia’. Join them next spring and be prepared to delve into a scandalous spy drama that will leave you questioning where fact ends and fiction begins. 

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I've worked with visiting professionals this year that I never would have even dreamed of working with. It's been an amazing experience. Thomas Donnan, BA Professional Acting Student