A Splinter of Ice

A Splinter of Ice

A Splinter of Ice

A new play by Ben Brown starring Oliver Ford Davies and Stephen Boxer


A new play by Ben Brown

Directed by Alan Strachan with Alastair Whatley

Starring Oliver Ford Davies and Stephen Boxer 

Online until 31 July 2021

Touring Summer 2021

★★★★ Daily Mail  ★★★★ The Times ★★★★ The Arts Desk ★★★★ Morning Star ★★★★ A Younger Theatre ★★★★ The Reviews Hub ★★★★ Reviews Gate ★★★★ North West End

“Expertly calibrated performances… Absorbing” ★★★★ The Times

“A triumph” ★★★★ Daily Mail

“Superb... a theatrical, live tension in a play which is much more than a piece of history”  ★★★★ Morning Star

“Faultless performances” ★★★★ The Reviews Hub

“A spellbinding affair… enthralling” ★★★★ Reviews Gate

“Excellent performances” ★★★★ A Younger Theatre

"Watching these two consummate old pros at work is the most satisfying pleasure of this satisfyingly accomplished piece of filmed drama." ★★★★ The Arts Desk


Original Theatre are thrilled to announce their first stage show since March 2020 which will be filmed on stage at the Cheltenham Everyman Theatre and released online, before touring UK theatres this Summer.

“If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country.” E.M. Forster

Moscow 1987, as the cold war begins to thaw and Britain’s greatest living novelist Graham Greene meets with his old MI6 boss, Kim Philby, Britain’s greatest spy… and traitor.

Under the watchful eye of Rufa, Kim’s Russian wife, the two men set about catching up on old times. With a new world order breaking around them how much did the writer of The Third Man know about Philby’s secret life as a spy? Did the Red Spy Philby betray his friend as well as his country?

…and who is listening-in in the next-door room?

From the writer and director of the award-winning West End hit play Three Days in May which inspired the Oscar Winning film Darkest Hour. Ben Brown’s coruscating new political drama explores an unlikely friendship. Yet a friendship woven of deceit as well as loyalty.

“One feels for a moment the sharp touch of the icicle in the heart.”



Starring Oliver Ford Davies (Game of Thrones, Star Wars) as Graham Greene, Stephen Boxer (The Crown) as Kim Philby and Sara Crowe (Four Weddings and a Funeral) as Rufa Philby.


Standard - £20

Supporter Package - £22.50 - Includes digital programme 

Premium Package - £100 - Includes signed script by a creative team member of your choice, digital programme and supporter credit on the final films.

Watch anytime, as many times as you like until 31 July 2021. Available worldwide.


TOUR 2021

Starring Oliver Ford Davies (Game of Thrones, Star Wars) as Graham Greene, Stephen Boxer (The Crown) as Kim Philby and Karen Ascoe as Rufa Philby.

8 - 12 June - MALVERN Festival Theatre - www.malvern-theatres.co.uk 

15 - 19 June - GUILDFORD Yvonne Arnaud Theatre - www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk 

21 - 26 June - MOLD Theatr Clwyd - www.theatrclwyd.com 

28 June - 3 July - BATH Theatre Royal - www.theatreroyal.org.uk 

6 - 10 July - YORK, Theatre Royal York - www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk 

13 - 17 July - EDINBURGH King’s Theatre - www.capitaltheatres.com 

19 - 24 July - CAMBRIDGE, Cambridge Arts - www.cambridgeartstheatre.com 


Available worldwide.

English subtitles available.

Age guidance: 12+

Running time: approx. 85 min

For group booking please contact us at [email protected]


Written by Ben Brown
Direction by Alastair Whatley with Alan Strachan
Design by Michael Pavelka
Lighting Design by Jason Taylor
Sound Design and Compositin by Max Pappenheim
Casting Director – Ellie Collyer-Bristow CDG
Production Manager – Tammy Rose
Costume Supervisor – Siobhan Boyd
Props Supervisor – Robyn Hardy