After first tackling the demise of Texan energy company Enron, Prebble went on to explore the external factors and emotional depths of mental illness, as well as the industries that are built up around it in 2012's The Effect.
Now she turns her talents to the nitty-gritty of modern espionage and revenge tragedy in new play A Very Expensive Poison, which will premiere at The Old Vic in 2019 (exact dates to be confirmed).
Based on Luke Harding's book of the same name, the play revolves around the extraordinary assassination of Alexander Litvinenko in 2006. What started with the audacious administration of a lethal dose of polonium in a central London cafe, spiralled into a shocking story of international subterfuge spanning Russian mobsters and dissidents, the KGB, M16 spies and the British police force.
As rich in drama as it is steeped in complexity, A Very Expensive Poison stems from a decade of reporting and interviews from all different perspectives. And it's all too relevant to contemporary issues, as unraveling international relations threaten a new Cold War.
We look forward to seeing how Lucy Prebble translates the high-stakes politics for the stage.
Dates and booking details for A Very Expensive Poison at The Old Vic are to be confirmed. Watch this space for updates.
|What||A Very Expensive Poison, Old Vic Theatre|
|Where||The Old Vic, The Cut, London, SE1 8NB | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Waterloo (underground)|
|Price||£12 - £65|
|Website||Click here for more information and tickets|