Addicting the Dragon


An old man lies near to death in a magnificent mansion. He is haunted by his past, and a life spent acquiring vast wealth at the expense of others. This is James Matheson, British trader extraordinaire, who – with his business partner William Jardine – deliberately addicted China to opium in order to syphon off its assets and become one of the wealthiest and most powerful men of the 19th century.

But now, at the very end of his life, he too has become addicted… to the powerful opiate, and Victorian doctors’ drug of choice – “laudanum”. As he lies, isolated by luxury, hooked on his powerful medicine, adrift in his memories, anything can happen … and soon does!

This highly creative, fact-based drama steers it’s course somewhere between Citizen Kane and Ebenezer Scrooge, as we share the vivid memories, heartfelt regrets, unexpected visitors and extraordinary adventures of this infamous, Victorian entrepreneur, who is still known throughout the world for… Addicting the Dragon.