Imperium Part I: Conspirator

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The Royal Shakespeare Company's two-part thriller play Imperium comes to conquer the West End, through Parts I: Conspirator and Part II: Dictator. Please note that this page is for tickets to Part I: Imperium. For tickets to Part II: Dictator, please click here. Read More >

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s two-part thriller Imperium comes to conquer the West End, through Parts I: Conspirator and Part II: DictatorPlease note that this page is for tickets to Part I: Imperium. For tickets to Part II: Dictator, please click here.

Adapting Robert Harris’ best-selling Cicero trilogy for the stage, playwright Mike Poulton presents the historical epic as six one-act plays presented in two performances, each with two intervals, chronicling life in a capital city with monumental empirical ambitions – and impact.

Cicero devoted all his energy and cunning to preserve the rule of law, and defend Rome’s Republic against the predatory attacks of political rivals, discontented aristocrats, and would-be military dictators.

In Part I: Imperium, events are recanted through the watchful eyes of Cicero’s loyal secretary, centring on the influential orator’s early successes – and how they unwittingly paved the way for a brutal and bloody end to the Roman Republic.

Chaos pervades in Rome at the start of Imperium II: Dictator. It falls upon Cicero to muster all of his brilliance and political prowess to fend off the civic mob, restore the power of the Senate, and fend off their would-be Emperor: a certain Julius Caesar.

Epic, exhilarating and timely, Imperium transfers to London following its recent sold-out run at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon. The production reunites the RSC with Playful Productions, following their last collaboration on Poulton’s stage adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies. Both enjoyed huge success at the Aldwych Theatre, and went on to transfer across the Atlantic to Broadway in 2015.

Featuring Olivier and Tony Award-winner Richard McCabe (The Audience) as Cicero and Joseph Kloska (The Crown, RSC’s Written On The Heart) as Tiro, audiences can choose to enjoy the plays, from RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran and adaptor Poulton, as one riveting theatrical event or two unmissable historical thrillers.

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Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 14/06/2018

Opening Night: 30/06/2018

Closing Night: 08/09/2018

Running time: 3h40, inc. 2 intervals

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Cast & Creative

Cast

Cicero - Richard McCabe

Tiro - Joseph Kloska

Cast - Nicholas Boulton, Guy Burgess, Daniel Burke, Jade Croot, Peter De Jersey, Joe Dixon, John Dougall, Michael Grady-Hall, Oliver Johnstone, Paul Kemp, Joseph Kloska, Patrick Knowles, Richard McCabe, Hywel Morgan, David Nicolle, Siobhan Redmond, Patrick Romer, Christopher Saul, Eloise Secker, Simon Thorp

 

Creative

Director - Gregory Doran

Producer - Royal Shakespeare Company and Playful Productions

Designer - Anthony Ward

Lighting Designer - Mark Henderson

Sound - Claire Windsor

Author - Robert Harris

Music By - Paul Englishby

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