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Gielgud Theatre, London4.165 reviews
RSC presents Olivier Award winner Richard McCabe as Cicero.

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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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Additional Information

Age restriction

Children under 3 will not be admitted.

Running time

3hr 25min (inc. two intervals)

Performance dates

14 June - 8 September 2018


Recommended for ages 12 and above.

Special notes

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 Information

Gielgud TheatreShaftesbury Avenue, London, W1V 8AR

Customer Reviews

65 reviews4.1

Matthew M16th September

Well acted and engaging. The play is well structured and considerate to the audience where needed. Enjoyable on many levels.

Liz7th September

Fantastic production. My only issue was that the air conditioning in the Gielgud Theatre was so ferocious we had to move seats.

Kevin23rd August

An absolutely brilliant production: adaptation, staging, acting were all exemplary, and it was a day (seeing both parts in succession) of excitement, interest and pathos like none other in my memory.

Phyllis23rd August

Very good play. It really brought the books to life. Breaking the play into three acts made it more watchable. It is 3.5 hours with two 15 minute intervals so does require commitment to stay with it, but they kept the performance so alive. The direct engagement with the audience was a delight, as was the nod to current politics.

Mr ROBERT McFarland21st August

An overblown, tedious & noisy history lesson.

Susan Fletcher21st August

The admin re purchasing was straight forward and easy to collect tickets at box office. Cast was excellent - every word could be heard clearly. It was good to have two intervals due to length of performance. Interval drinks ordering was efficient. Even the audience was relatively well behaved - no gadget lights or loud munching round me. Just the odd crack of a plastic water bottle and a distant tune. I was appalled at the amount of rubbish left behind in the aisles, though, including a glass wine bottle. When did theatre goers become so lazy and disrespectful of their environment?

Sheila Smale16th August

Very good dramatization of excellent book.

Karen16th August

Read the books and as very disappointed in the decision to play this with so much comedy. Cicero was an outstanding orator - but we had slapstick instead.

Mrs. C. E. Lewis16th August

Imperium 1: Terrific even if history twiddled a bit

Jane Godden12th August

We enjoyed Imperium 1 greatly. The time flew by, helped by the breaking up of the play into three one hour acts. We will see Imperium 2 in a couple of weeks and are looking forward to it.

Linda Linda12th August

Terrific show, it reeled you into the story, so you just wanted more. The three hours shot by. I can't wait to see part 2.

Morven10th August

A very absorbing story of Cicero’s strategies whilst Consul of Rome. Robert Harris’ books are very serious in covering the subject but the play tends to the Frankie Howard approach to Roman history. It is amusing but I am uncertain as to whether this is appropriate for the subject material.