A Very Expensive Poison

Presented by Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

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

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. 

Written by Luke Harding
Adapted by Lucy Prebble
Directed by Aaron Parsons

An illustration set on a dark background of a male presenting face in pink looking up at a female presenting face in yellow. They both look unhappy.

Dates & Times:
7:30pm from Sat 17 – Sat 24 Feb
2:30pm on Thu 22 & Sat 24 Feb
A BSL Interpreted performance with signer Sherrie Eugene-Hart will take place on Fri 23 Feb at 7:30pm

Tickets: Full Price £14, Concession £11 (including booking fees)
Group offer: Get £8* tickets when booking for a group of 10+ using code POISON
Location: St Paul’s Church, BS2 8SJ
Age guide: 14+. Contains strong language, mild sex references and themes of death and poisoning.

*This ticket offer only applies to ‘A Very Expensive Poison’ by Bristol Old Vic Theatre School at Circomedia Bristol in 2024. This offer cannot be applied retroactively. The offer can be used multiple times.

The seating configuration for our performances is flexible, but as standard, our main seating area is raked. The front rows are level and accessible, and aisle seats are available. Please get in touch to reserve seats in these rows are required.

Please note that seating in our Gallery is accessed via a flight of stairs and is not accessible for audience members who may find stairs difficult or impractical.

Wheelchair and step-free access can be found at our side entrance. We use What 3 Words to give you an exact location on a map. Follow the link below to find this entrance. If you require wheelchair access or step-free access for this event, please email us in advance at boxoffice@circomedia.com 

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Main Entrance: Stepped Access

For performances, our main double doors serve as the principle entrance. This entrance consists of three steps up to the Box Office foyer, and three further steps up to the main building. We use What 3 Words to give you an exact location on a map. Follow the link below to find this entrance.

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Free Tickets for Carers

If you are a dedicated carer accompanying a paying visitor who is disabled, you are eligible for a free ticket (limited to one carer per paying visitor). To book your ticket, please give us a call on 0117 9477288 or email boxoffice@circomedia.com.

Circomedia does not issue refunds unless the event is cancelled or postponed to a date on which you are unable to attend.