All week at York Theatre Royal, A Splinter of Ice, takes over the main house with an intense, politically charged production that will appeal to the masses.
Ben Brown’s new political drama A Splinter of Ice – at York Theatre Royal from 6-10 July – explores an unlikely friendship – a friendship interwoven with deceit and loyalty between writer Graham Greene and spy Kim Philby.
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?
Writer Ben Brown’s previous work includes the award-winning West End play Three Days in May, which inspired the Oscar-winning film Darkest Hour.
Oliver Ford Davies plays Greene. He was last seen in York in Goodnjght Mister Tom. Stephen Boxer, who plays Philby, appeared in The Remains of the Day at York Theatre Royal. Karen Ascoe, who appears as Philby’s last wife Rufa, appeared in Sense and Sensibility at the Theatre Royal.
Alastair Whatley, Artistic Director of Original Theatre Company, said: “I am thrilled that we are producing Ben’s fantastic new play with such a wonderful cast and creative team.”
A Splinter of Ice is directed by Alan Strachan and designed by Michael Pavelka, with original music composed and sound designed by Max Pappenheim, lighting designed by Jason Taylor and casting by Ellie Collyer-Bristow CDG.