Ben Brown’s new play is set to open in Malvern in June and will continue to tour until the 31st July.

(c)James Findlay

Following on from a series of online productions, the Original Theatre Company has confirmed its production of A Splinter of Ice will be embarking on a UK tour from the 8th June.

The production, starring Oliver Ford Davies as Graham Greene and Stephen Boxer as Kim Philby, has also been filmed on stage at the Cheltenham Everyman Theatre and will be released online from the 15th April until the 31st July. Sara Crowe will be playing the role of Rufa Philby in the online version, but she is unavailable for the tour, so the casting for Rufa on tour is to be confirmed.

Moscow 1987 and 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.  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?

Written by Ben Brown, whose  award-winning West End play Three Days in May, inspired the Oscar-winning film Darkest Hour, this new drama explores an unlikely friendship. Talking about the production he said: “I’m thrilled to be working again with Alan Strachan and Oliver Ford Davies and to be joining forces with Stephen Boxer, Sara Crowe and Alastair Whatley for the premiere, at last, of my new play, online prior to a national tour.”

As well as being directed by Alan Strachan with Alastair Whatley, the creative team includes designs by Michael Pavelka, original music composed and sound designed by Max Pappenheim, lighting designed by Jason Taylor and casting by Ellie Collyer-Bristow CDG.

To find out more about the tour visit: https://www.originaltheatre.com/our-productions/a-splinter-of-ice/about-the-show