Litvinenko at Grange Park Opera

The Life & Death of Alexander Litvinenko


16, 18 July 2020


A world première by composer Anthony Bolton, to a libretto by Kit Hesketh-Harvey

Exiled and living in London, former FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko learns that his former colleagues are using his face for target practice. Litvinenko had publicly accused his superiors of ordering the assassination of Putin opponent, Boris Berezovsky. A law is passed that allows Russian traitors to be killed anywhere in the world; a few months later – in November 2006 – Litvinenko is poisoned with radioactive polonium-210 and dies.

This real-life story is told through a series of flashbacks and flash-forwards covering events in Russia that lead Litvinenko to seek exile and his family’s life in Muswell Hill. Extensive use is made of historic film footage.

With the Orchestra of English National Opera

English National Opera

Sung in English with some choruses in Russian.


Alexander Litvinenko: Adrian Dwyer
Marina Litvinenko: Rebecca Bottone
Boris Berezovsky: Andrew Slater
Head of KGB: Andrew Watts
Anna Polivitskaya: Olivia Ray
Andrei Lugovoy: Edmund Danon


Conductor: Stephen Barlow
Director: Stephen Medcalf
Lighting: Simon Corder
Projection: Will Duke
Movement: Lynne Hockney



Thursday 16 July 2020
Saturday 18 July 2020