New photos have been released of the cast of Ben Brown’s new political drama, A Splinter of Ice, in rehearsals. The play will be filmed on stage at the Cheltenham Everyman Theatre and released online from 15 April to 31 July 2021 via originaltheatreonline.com before touring UK theatres this summer.
Moscow 1987 and the cold war begins to thaw. After declining his offer for more than 30 years, novelist Graham Greene travels into the heart of the Soviet Union to meet with his old MI6 boss, Kim Philby. Under the watchful eye of Kim’s Russian wife, Rufa, the two men set about catching up on old times. With a new world order breaking out around them, how much did the writer of The Third Man know about Philby’s secret life as a spy and did Philby betray his friend as well as his country?
A Splinter of Ice stars Olivier Award-winning actor Oliver Ford Davies (David Hare’s Racing Demon, Peter Gynt, Christopher Robin, The Last Witness, Father Brown, Marple and Game of Thrones) as Graham Greene, Stephen Boxer (Denis Thatcher in The Crown, Small Axe, extensive work with the RSC and National Theatre) as Kim Philby and Olivier Award-winning actress Sara Crowe (Four Weddings & A Funeral, Calendar Girls and Calendar Girls the Musical, Acorn Antiques the Musical, Hay Fever for which she received an Olivier nomination for Best Comedy Performance, Private Lives for which she won the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress, Critics Circle Most Promising Newcomer Award and Variety Club Best Actress Award) as Rufa Philby.
A Splinter of Ice is directed by Alan Strachan with Alastair Whatley and produced by The Original Theatre Company.
Photo credit: James Findlay