Imperium II: Dictator Tickets
Imperium II: Dictator tickets are now available for this strictly limited run at the Gielgud Theatre.
The second part of this two part saga opens with Rome under total chaos. Cicero must harness his quick wits to outsmart the civic mob, prevent Julius Ceasar from overtaking the throne and restore power to the Senate. 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 II: Dictator will play for a strictly limited season from 21 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 retired from politics and Julius Caesar has become dictator and commander of Rome’s armies following the civil war. When Julius Caesar is assassinated it seems that the Republic will be restored but as the streets run riot power slowly begins to fall to Mark Antony. In an attempt to keep Antony from imposing a military dictatorship on Rome Cicero forms an alliance with the great-nephew and heir of Julius Caesar, the 19-year-old Octavian. Cicero is assured of his ability to control the boy and use him to destroy Antony. In Cicero’s attempt to save the Republic, has he actually doomed it?
Don't forget to catch the beginning of this unmissable theatrical event full of political intrigue. Imperium I: Conspirator sets the stage.
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Age restrictionChildren under 3 will not be admitted.
Running time3hr 15min (inc. two intervals)
Performance dates21 June - 8 September 2018
ContentRecommended ages 12 and above.
Do not miss the first part of the Imperium tale, Imperium I: Conspirator playing 14 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 II: Dictator
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 could 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. Here is my review of part two, be sure to read my review of part one here.
24 Jul, 2018 | By Shanine Salmon