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Tom Brooke as Alexander Litvinenko (centre flanked by his assassins) (Photo: Marc Brenner)

REVIEW: A Very Expensive Poison, Old Vic (2019)
Winner Critics’ Circle Best New Play 2019 from our archives

This action by Russian agents (the KGB or their successors, the FSB) is the suspected second prominent murder case on British soil, the first known about being the murder of Bulgarian dissident, Georgi Markov in 1978 with a ricin poisoned pellet shot from an umbrella. The latest in 2018 took place in the sleepy West Country cathedral city of Salisbury when Novichoc a nerve agent was smeared on the door handle of Sergei Skripal's house putting Mr Skripal, his daughter Yulia and a local policeman into hospital and killing another English woman whose partner found the perfume bottle containing the nerve agent.

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Lizzy Watts as Kelly and Peter Polycarpou as Ibrahim - Photo: Marc Brenner

REVIEW: Artefacts, Bush Theatre (2008)

Mike Bartlett is writing exciting plays about families. His debut play My Child which opened at the Royal Court showed his talent for accurately observing the terrible language of family breakup. Now he follows it up with a tale about a girl and the clash of cultures in her heritage. It starts with the girl's story and ends with that of another girl from a different world. The whole is a political allegory.

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