Original Theatre Company, who have been ever-present in digital streaming during lockdown, announce their first live stage production since theatres closed in March 2020.
Starring Oliver Ford Davies (Peter Gynt and the National Theatre), Stephen Boxer (The Remains of the Day UK tour) and Sara Crowe (Acorn Antiques the Musical), Ben Brown’s new play A Splinter of Ice is set to be performed online from 15 April to 31 July before embarking on an early summer tour across the UK. A Splinter of Ice will be filmed at the Cheltenham Everyman Theatre and released via streaming platforms before a live 2021 tour.
Directed by Alan Strachan, alongside Alastair Whatley, the show is set in Moscow 1987 as 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 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?
Ben Brown is the writer and director of award-winning West End play Three Days in May, which later inspired the Oscar-winning film Darkest Hour.
The production features design by Michael Pavelka, original music and sound design by Max Pappenheim, lighting design by Jason Taylor and casting by Ellie Collyer-Bristow CDG.
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