Whoever controls the mob controls Rome - welcome to the thrilling world of ancient power politics.
Following his spectacular RSC adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, playwright Mike Poulton turns his pen to Robert Harris’ best-selling ‘Cicero’ trilogy in Imperium (Part 2): Dictator.
Told through the eyes of Tiro, Cicero’s loyal secretary, this backstage view of Rome at its most bloody explores power struggles, civil wars, and the great orator’s personal highs and lows.
This production is transferring to London’s Gielgud Theatre for a strictly limited season from 14th June following its sold-out run at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Please note: Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Click here for tickets to Imperium (Part 1): Conspirator.
5 stars - “Robert Harris’s Roman triumph is an exhilarating political drama” (Guardian)
4 stars - “Strikingly relevant. A must-see drama” (The Times)
4 stars - “Hail Cicero! A hugely impressive accomplishment” (Daily Mail)
4 stars - “The West Wing in blood-soaked togas” (Evening Standard)
Richard McCabe and Joseph Kloska reprise their roles as Cicero and Tiro.
Cicero has retired from politics. Julius Caesar – dictator, and commander of Rome’s armies – is assassinated. Cicero sees his death as a chance to restore the Republic but the assassins, Brutus and Cassius, dither as power in Rome begins to fall into the hands of Mark Antony who agrees to work with them to achieve peace. There’s one condition – that Caesar is given a state funeral, during which his fortune is left to his ‘adopted son’, Octavian.
Determined to prevent Antony imposing a military dictatorship on Rome, Cicero forms an unlikely alliance with the young Octavian. Confident that he can control the boy and use him to destroy Mark Antony, Cicero sets out to save the Republic.
Antony and Octavian’s forces clash outside the walls of Mutina. Antony’s forces are crushed and he flees with a handful of his men. When Octavian marches his victorious army to Rome, demanding to be made Consul, Cicero realises that this young man is a greater danger to the rule of law than Caesar ever was.
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(3mins) Take Shaftesbury Avenue along the side where the famous illuminated signs are. The theatre will be on your left about 100 metres along.