Ben Brown is the writer of A Splinter of Ice, a play that portrays the meeting in Moscow in 1987 of one of the greatest novelists of the 20th century, Graham Greene and his old MI6 boss, Kim Philby, one of Britain’s most notorious spies… and a traitor.
Graham Greene never divulged any details of the meeting and Ben’s play imagines what might have been. We discuss the play, as well as how Philby and Greene’s lives intertwined.
It’s a story of two men catching up on old times, but 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 Philby betray his friend as well as his country? …
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