A Splinter Of Ice



14 October -
30 October 2021


“One feels for a moment the sharp touch of the icicle in the heart.”

Moscow, 1987. As the Cold War begins to thaw, one of the great novelists of the twentieth century, Graham Greene, meets his old MI6 boss and notorious Soviet spy, Kim Philby. The two men raise their vodka glasses and talk about old times. How much did Greene know about Philby’s ways? Did the Red Spy betray his old friend as much as he did his own country? And who is listening in the room next door…?

A Splinter Of Ice arrives after an acclaimed national tour. Ben Brown‘s (Three Days in May) political drama is directed by Alan Strachan with Alastair Whatley, and stars Olivier Award winner Oliver Ford Davies (Game of Thrones) as Graham Greene, Stephen Boxer (The Crown) as Kim Philby, with Karen Ascoe as his wife Rufa.

A Co-production with Original Theatre


Socially Distanced performances

We are running socially distanced performances on Mondays for audiences who prefer some additional space.
Mon 18; 25 Oct 7.30pm


Oliver Ford Davies
Graham Greene
Oliver has performed extensively with the RSC and has written books accounting his experiences with the company, including Playing Lear and Performing Shakespeare. He is well-known for his roles in Star Wars and HBO’s Game of Thrones.
Stephen Boxer
Kim Philby
Stephen has starred in detective dramas including BBC’s Luther and ITV’s Prime Suspect and may be best known for his role as Joe in BBC’s Doctors. He was most recently seen in Netflix’s The Crown.
Karen Ascoe
Rufa Philby
Karen’s theatre credits include Shakespearean roles, musicals, off Broadway plays and comedy productions. She recently appeared in a lockdown web series, Housebound.

Ben Brown
Alan Strachan
Alastair Whatley
Max Pappenheim
Sound Designer
Michael Pavelka
Set & Costume Designer
Jason Taylor
Lighting Designer


“Expertly calibrated performances…absorbing.”
The Times
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“A triumph.”
The Daily Mail
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“Faultless performances”
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“A spellbinding affair… enthralling”
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“Superb acting”
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