The other new production I have my eye on is Original Theatre’s A Splinter of Ice. It’s a political drama, set as the thaw to the Cold War sets in in the late 1980s. On paper, its pedigree looks excellent. Starring Oliver Ford Davies, it’s penned by Ben Brown, whose award winning West End play Three Days in May inspired the Oscar-winning film, Darkest Hour. Unlike many of OT’s other productions, this one will be filmed onstage at Cheltenham Everyman, with the idea of transforming it into a live touring production later in the year.
This is how the website describes it: 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, Kim’s Russian 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?
15 April – 31 July
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