The best-selling Cicero trilogy Imperium transfers to the West End

The best-selling Cicero trilogy Imperium transfers to the West End

Updated On: May 1, 2018
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    The Royal Shakespeare Company and Playful Productions have announced the West End transfer for their acclaimed, historical two-part thriller Imperium I: Conspirator and Imperium II: Dictator for a limited engagement at London’s Gielgud Theatre.

    Robert Harris’ best-selling Cicero trilogy is adapted for the stage by Mike Poulton as six one-act plays, presented in two performances, each with two intervals. Directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran, Imperium transfers to London following its recent sold-out run at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

    The cast will include Nicholas Boulton, Guy Burgess, Daniel Burke, Jade Croot, Peter De Jersey, Joe Dixon, John Dougall, Michael Grady-Hall, Oliver Johnstone, Paul Kemp, Joseph Kloska, Patrick Knowles, Richard McCabe, Hywel Morgan, David Nicolle, Siobhan Redmond, Patrick Romer, Christopher Saul, Eloise Secker and Simon Thorp. Further casting is still to be confirmed.

    Told through the watchful eyes of Cicero’s loyal secretary, Imperium - I: 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 - II: Dictator, Cicero must use all his brilliance to restore the power of the Senate from the civic mob and their would-be Emperor: one Gaius Julius Caesar.

    International best-selling novelist Robert Harris is known for historical fiction. In addition to his Cicero trilogy, his best-known books include Fatherland, Archangel, Enigma, Pompeii and The Ghost, which have received major screen adaptations. His latest thriller Munich based on the 1938 Munich agreement, was published in September 2017. Harris is a former BBC correspondent and columnist for The Sunday Times and Daily Telegraph.

    RSC Associate Artist Mike Poulton is a playwright, and adapter of classical plays including works by Chekhov, Ibsen, Schiller, Euripides, and Strindberg. For the RSC, his previous adaptations have included St Erkenwald, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Malory's Morte d'Arthur, and Hilary Mantel's best-selling novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies.

    At the Gielgud Theatre from 14 June to 8 September 2018, book your tickets for Imperium I: Conspirator and Imperium II: Dictator today!