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August 16 - October 5, 2019

On reading Luke's book I got that tingling, exciting and irritatingly certain feeling that I was absolutely going to have to make a piece of theatre about this story

Lucy Prebble

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World Premiere

From the writer of Enron and The Effect comes a brand new play about the murder of Alexander Litvinenko and the search for his killers - begun by the man himself as he lay dying from a mysterious poison. Adapted from Luke Harding's 2016 book, the extraordinary events of 2006 are to be laid bare by Prebble in a heartfelt dramatisation that explores the ongoing impact of this very strange assassination.

The Death of Alexander Litvinenko

A gripping story with elements right out of a James Bond film by way of a drawing room farce, Litvinenko's death shocked the world as it displayed the sheer brazen-faced hubris of Russia and their perceived threats. After dosing a cup of tea at a swanky hotel with deadly radioactive poison Polonium -210, the two murderers Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun left their victim in a lead-lined coffin whilst all but escaping justice. Outrageous and indicative of the power of fear and political opposition, Prebble has chosen a subject ripe for the stage, and one that could not be more timely.

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Dates

Opening night: 16 August 2019

Audience

12+

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Cast

Tom Brooke as Alexander Litvinenko
MyAnna Buring as Marina Litvinenko
Reece Shearsmith as The President
Gavin Spokes as DI Hyatt
Thomas Arnold as Emmerson/Tim/Sergei/Mario
Amanda Hadingue as Professor Dombey/Lluba/Photographer/Dr Bhatt
Lloyd Hutchinson as Dimitri Kotvun
Peter Polycarpou as Boris Bereszovsky
Sarah Seggari as Cabin Crew/Nurse Rezan/Australian Cleaner/ Nurse
Michael Shaeffer as Andrei Luguvoi
Bea Svistunenko as Anatoly Litvinenko/Nurse Michena/Waitress
Callum Coates as onstage swing/Dr Virchis/FSB Officer 2
Marc Graham as onstage swing/Nurse David/Youth/FSB Officer
Yasmine Holness-Dove as onstage swing/Natalia/FSB Officer 3/Youth 2/Waitress 2/Dr Dudhniwala
Robyn Moore as onstage swing/Galina/Receptionist

Creative

Written by Lucy Prebble
Based on the book by Luke Harding
Directed by John Crowley

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