A Splinter of Ice

A Splinter of Ice

A Splinter of Ice

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


A new play by Ben Brown

Directed by Alan Strachan with Alastair Whatley

Starring Oliver Ford Davies, Stephen Boxer and Sara Crowe


Online from 15 April until 31 July 2021


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 Graeme Greene, Stephen Boxer (The Crown) as Kim Philby and Sara Crowe (Four Weddings and a Funeral).


Tickets (when booked by 28 Feb):

Standard Early Bird - £15

Supporter Package - £40 - Includes digital programme and supporter credit on the final films. Available worldwide.

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.

English subtitles available.

Age guidance: 12+

Running time: approx. 85 min

For group booking please contact us at [email protected]