Imperium I: Conspirator Tickets
Imperium I: Conspirator tickets are now available. Get a front-row seat to watch history unfold!
Part One of Mike Poulton’s two part Imperium adaptation is told through the eyes of Cicero’s loyal secretary Tiro, Imperium follows Cicero through highs and lows, wars, disasters and successes. This historical thriller from Royal Shakespeare Company comes after a critically acclaimed sell-out season in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Mike Poulton, previously known for his incredible RSC adaptations of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, has rewritten the histories of Ancient Rome with his adaptation of Robert Harris’ best-selling novels dubbed the Cicero Trilogy. Directed by Gregory Doran, these acclaimed RSC productions of Imperium enjoyed a sold-out season in the Swan Theatre and are now preparing to transfer to the West End’s Gielgud Theatre. Imperium I: Conspirator will play for a strictly limited season from 14 June-8 September. Reprising their roles from the original run will be Tony Award-winner Richard McCabe (The Audience) as Cicero and Joseph Kloska (The Crown, RSC's Written on the Heart) as Tiro.
Cicero has bested his rival Catiline and been unanimously voted President of the Roman state. Furious Catiline vows revenge, an oath to destroy Cicero and the government and take Rome by force, if necessary. And how does young Caesar fit into it all? Popular, ruthless and hungry for power, Cicero is certain that Caesar is behind the conspiracy. It is said he who controls the mob controls Rome. With so many players in the game, it is nearly impossible to say who will come out on top.
Part I: Conspirator is told through the perspective of Cicero's faithful secretary and follows how the great orator's early triumphs spell a bloody and brutal disaster for the Republic.
The unmissable Imperium saga based on the Cicero novels continues with Imperium II: Dictator.
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Age restrictionChildren under 3 will not be admitted.
Running time3hr 25min (inc. two intervals)
Performance dates14 June - 8 September 2018
ContentRecommended for ages 12 and above.
Don't miss the continuation of the Imperium saga with Imperium II: Dictator, playing 21 June - 8 September 2018. All persons aged under 16 must be accompanied and sat next to the accompanying adult. They may not sit on their own within the auditorium. If children do have separate seats, entry could be refused. All patrons, regardless of age, must present a valid ticket to gain entry to the theatre. Please ensure that any children or infants for whom you are responsible also have a valid ticket. Your child should be able to sit unaided within the purchased seat. We do not allow children to be seated on an adult’s lap or babes in arms.
Venue InformationGielgud TheatreShaftesbury Avenue, London, W1V 8AR
Imperium I: Conspirator
The question, upon seeing that Imperium is a two-part story, is whether you need to see both parts. I understand you have no money, no time and yes both parts are over 3 hours, however, I would argue both for and against seeing both parts. Part I and Part II feel quite contained as stories with Part I focusing on the conspiracy against Richard McCabe’s Cicero and Part II focusing on life after Julius Caesar but I would argue both parts need to be seen for the development of Cicero as a man, an orator and as someone who gives warmth to a cold period of history full of scandal, sex and backstabbing.
I’ve chosen to review them separately because whilst they are coherent productions there are some important developments in both stories which shape how the productions end up. This is a review of the first part of Imperium, be sure to check out my review of the final part here.
24 Jul, 2018 | By Shanine Salmon
Q&A Session with Imperium star Joseph Kloska
All roads lead to the Gielgud Theatre for Imperium, an unmissable, two-part epic that brings the world of ancient Rome to life. The tale chronicles the rise of Cicero (Richard McCabe) and the fall of the Roman Republic. Starring as Cicero's slave, Tiro, who also serves as the narrator of the two plays, is Joseph Kloska, a talented English star who is highly prolific in historical period pieces. Kloska has been universally praised for his performance, which has been called both 'magnificent' and 'lively' (WhatsOnStage). We sat down with the charming actor for a lovely Q&A session. Read what he had to say below:
18 Jul, 2018 | By Nicholas Ephram Ryan Daniels
Coming to the West End: RSC's Imperium
This two-part chronicle, adapted by Mike Poulton, will be transferring to the West End from Stratford come June and originally ran at the RSC Swan Theatre last December.
13 Mar, 2018 | By Nicholas Ephram Ryan Daniels