Award-winning playwright Lucy Prebble tells how Guardian writer Luke Harding’s account of the 2006 murder inspired her new drama

When Lucy Prebble tackled financial fraud and the collapse of Enron in her eponymous award-winning 2009 play, she created a modern classic by dramatising an incident that had heralded the worldwide crash to come. Now the playwright is taking on an arguably still more treacherous story, with wider global implications: the killing of Alexander Litvinenko.

This week the Old Vic in London will announce the world premiere of Prebble’s stage version of an acclaimed book about the extraordinary assassination in 2006.

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