Ben Brown’s new play A Splinter of Ice embarks on a UK tour from 8 June in Malvern, starring Oliver Ford Davies and Stephen Boxer. An online version will also be made available from 15 April to 31 July.
After a highly successful season of online productions, Original Theatre Company announces its first live stage production since March 2020 and is directed by Alan Strachan with Alastair Whatley.
It has been filmed on stage at the Cheltenham Everyman Theatre and will be released online via Original Theatre.
Sara Crowe is also set to play Rufa Philby in the online version, with casting for the UK tour for this role yet to be announced.
A Splinter of Ice takes place 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 Russian memoirist and Philby’s last wife, Rufa, the two men set about catching up on old times…
Ben Brown’s new political drama explores an unlikely friendship and is penned by the writer behind Three Days in May, which later inspired the Oscar Award-winning film Darkest Hour.
Oliver Ford Davies is an Olivier Award-winning actor whose theatre credits include Peter Gynt at the National Theatre, plus Royal Shakespeare Company, Chichester Festival Theatre and RSC, Barbican credits.
Stephen Boxer’s credits include UK tours of The Remains of the Day, plus RSC and National Theatre credits.
The show includes design by Michael Pavelka, with original music compositions and sound design by Max Pappenheim, lighting design by Jason Taylor and casting by Ellie Collyer-Bristow CDG.
Tour dates include 8 to 12 June at Malvern Festival Theatre, 15 to 19 June at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, 21 to 26 June at Theatr Clwyd, 28 June to 3 July at the Theatre Royal Bath, 13 to 17 July at King’s Theatre Edinburgh and 26 to 31 July at Southampton’s Mayflower Studios.
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