Main House

A Splinter of Ice

  • 28 June - 3 July
A Splinter of Ice

Event Information

Evenings 7.30pm
Matinees Wednesday & Saturday 2.30pm

Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Mon 28 Jun — Sat 3 Jul

A new play by Ben Brown

Directed by Alan Strachan with Alastair Whatley

Starring Oliver Ford Davies and Stephen Boxer with Karen Ascoe 

““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, Russian memoir writer and Kim’s last 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?

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

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.

Oliver Ford Davies stars as Graham Greene with Stephen Boxer as Kim Philby. Oliver Ford Davies won the Olivier Award for Best Actor for Racing Demon at the National Theatre and was nominated for Hamlet and Absolutely! (Perhaps). He played the title role in Goodnight Mister Tom in the West End. In addition to his extensive theatre work, he is well known for playing Sio Bibble in Star Wars and as Maester Cressen in Game of Thrones. Stephen Boxer’s varied credits range from The Taming of the Shrew for the RSC and Macbeth at the National Theatre to daytime soap Doctors. He recently played Denis Thatcher in the acclaimed series The CrownKaren Ascoe plays the role of Rufa.

A Splinter of Ice comes from the award- winning producers of hit online productions of Birdsong and Apollo 13: The Dark Side of the Moon and stage productions including the five- star revival of Alan Bennett’s The Habit of Art.

Monday 28 June – Saturday 3 July 2021

Evenings 7.30pm

Matinees Wednesday & Saturday 2.30pm

Tickets from £25

A booking fee of £1.75 per ticket applies

Original Theatre Company presents


A new play by Ben Brown

Directed by Alan Strachan with Alastair Whatley

Starring Oliver Ford Davies (Game of Thrones, Star Wars) as Graeme Greene, Stephen Boxer (The Crown) as Kim Philby

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A booking fee of £1.75 per ticket applies to all bookings.

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