The Litvinenko Project is a show devised by 2Magpies Theatre which explores the poisoning of Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006. 

Litvinenko was poisoned with radioactive polonium, slipped into his tea on November 1st 2006, and despite numerous theories, nobody has been charged.

2Magpies wondered why this was, and began The Litvinenko Project in November 2013 to mark the 7th anniversary of his death. 

Since the beginning of the project, an inquiry into Litvinenko's death has been announced and has been ongoing , with the show evolving over time.

The Litvinenko Project is a theatrical tea party which walks through November 1st 2006, and every cup of tea which Alexander Litvinenko drank that day.

The show is performed in cafe spaces and aims to keep the memory of Alexander Litvinenko alive through conversation and interrogation. 

Tom Barnes and Matt Wilks graduated from the University of Nottingham with MA International Security and Terrorism in 2013

“a stunning, engaging, and unusual piece”
StageTalk Magazine

“charming and insightful”
Broadway Baby

“artistically stunning”
 British Theatre Guide

“Barnes and Wilks are fantastic story tellers”
Nottingham Tab

As seen on BBC Russia
(February 2015)


Lee Rosys, Nottingham (23 November 2013)
Galleries of Justice, Nottingham (24 May 2014)
Nottingham Playhouse (25 & 28 May 2014)
Lee Rosys, Nottingham (26 May 2014)
Nottingham Lakeside Arts (27 May 2014) 
Edin's Cafe, Nottingham (29 May 2014)
Derby Museums, with Derby Theatre (20 July 2014)
Oxford Hub, with Oxford Playhouse (5 & 6 February 2015)
Camden People's Theatre, London (5, 6, 13 March 2015)
Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester (19 March 2015)
Nottingham Lakeside Arts (19 May 2015)
Barking Abbey Green, with ArtReach (19 July 2015)
Summerhall, Edinburgh (14-30 August 2015)
The Gulbenkian, Canterbury (1 October 2015)
Upstairs at the Western, Leicester (4 November 2015)
The Outside Tart, Chiswick, with The Tabard Theatre (5-8 & 23 November 2015)
Lancaster Arts, Lancaster (24 November 2015)
Congleton Electric Picture House (10 March 2016)
Neston Town Hall (11 March 2016)
Victoria Hotel, Settle, with Settle Stories (3 April 2016)
The Catstrand, New Galloway, with Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival (29 May 2016)
Moor Theatre Deli, Sheffield (22 & 23 November 2016)