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Full casting announced for A Very Expensive Poison at The Old Vic

Casting news

FULL casting has been announced for the world premiere of A Very Expensive Poison. Written by Lucy Prebble and directed by John Crowley, it runs at The Old Vic from August 20 to October 5, 2019.

The line up includes Tom Brooke as Alexander Litvinenko, MyAnna Buring as Marina Litvinenko, Reece Shearsmith as The President and Gavin Spokes as DI Hyatt.

They are joined by Thomas Arnold (Emmerson/Tim/Sergei/Mario), Amanda Hadingue (Professor Dombey/Lluba/Photographer/Dr Bhatt), Lloyd Hutchinson (Dimitri Kotvun), Peter Polycarpou (Boris Bereszovsky), Sarah Seggari (Cabin Crew/Nurse Rezan/Australian Cleaner/Nurse), Michael Shaeffer (Andrei Luguvoi) and Bea Svistunenko (Anatoly Litvinenko/Nurse Michena/Waitress).

Completing the cast are Callum Coates (onstage swing/Dr Virchis/FSB Officer 2), Marc Graham (onstage swing/Nurse David/Youth/FSB Officer), Yasmine Holness-Dove (onstage swing/Natalia/FSB Officer 3/Youth 2/Waitress 2/Dr Dudhniwala) and Robyn Moore (onstage swing/Galina/Receptionist).

Tom Brooke’s theatre includes: Berberian Sound Studio (Donmar Warehouse); King Lear, The Kitchen (National Theatre); The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas, Jerusalem, Wild East (Royal Court); I Am The Wind, Some Voices (Young Vic); The Caretaker (Liverpool Everyman); Dying for It (Almeida Theatre); After The End (Bush Theatre); Osama The Hero (Hampstead Theatre); and The Long and The Short and The TallTMA Award (Sheffield Lyceum).

Brooke’s screen work includes: Bodyguard, Electric Dreams, Dark Heart, Preacher, The Dresser, Sherlock, Mr Understood, Game of Thrones, Pulling, Room at the Top and The Hollow Crown: Henry V (TV); Ilkley, The Death of Stalin, How to Talk to Girls at Parties, Iona, The Boat That Rocked, Venus and Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason (film).

A Very Expensive Poison is Lucy Prebble’s reimagining of Luke Harding’s jaw-dropping exposé of the events behind the notorious death of Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.

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 takes audiences through the shadowy world of international espionage from Moscow to Mayfair.

A Very Expensive Poison is recommended for ages 12+.

Tickets: £12, £20, £30, £40, £55, £65. To book, call the box office on 0844 871 7628 or visit

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm; Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm.

Audio Described Performance: September 30 at 7:30pm (touch tour at 6pm).

Captioned Performance: September 27 at 7:30pm.