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Imperium: Dictator

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

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s two-part thriller Imperium comes to conquer the West End, through two plays: Conspirator and Dictator. Please note that this page is for tickets to Dictator. For tickets to Conspirator, 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.

Told through the watchful eyes of Cicero’s loyal secretary, Imperium: Conspirator chronicles how the great orator’s early success unwittingly paves the way for a brutal and bloody end to the Republic.

With Rome in chaos at the beginning of Imperium: Dictator, Cicero must use all his brilliance to restore the power of the Senate from the civic mob and their would-be Emperor: one 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: 3h15, inc. 2 intervals

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Cast & Creative


Cicero - Richard McCabe

Tiro - Joseph Kloska

Cast - Nicholas Armfield, Nicholas Boulton, Tom Brownlee, Guy Burgess, Daniel Burke, Jade Croot, Peter De Jersey, Joe Dixon, John Dougall, Michael Grady-Hall, Oliver Johnstone, Paul Kemp, Patrick Knowles, Andrew Langtree, Hywel Morgan, David Nicolle, Siobhan Redmond, Patrick Romer, Christopher Saul, Eloise Secker, Simon Thorp, Scott Westwood, Alisha Williams


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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