About Imperium I - Conspirator

Gielgud Theatre, London
Booking to 8 September 2018
No longer booking

Welcome to the power and politics of Cicero’s ancient Rome – Whoever controls the mob, controls Rome.

Robert Harris’ best-selling ‘Cicero’ comes to the West End in a thrilling two-part stage adaptation from playwright Mike Poulton (Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies) and directed by RSC Artistic Director, Gregory Doran.

This historical thriller IMPERIUM – I: Conspirator and II: Dictator is presented as six one-act plays, over two performances, each with two intervals.

Book tickets to Imperium II – Dictator

Imperium I – Conspirator is booking from 14 June 2018 until 8 September 2018 at the Gielgud Theatre.


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.


Richard McCabe and Joseph Kloska will reprise their roles as Cicero and Tiro.

The cast also features 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, Hywel Morgan, David Nicolle, Siobhan Redmond, Patrick Romer, Christopher Saul, Eloise Secker and Simon Thorp


Adaptated from Robert Harris’ Cicero by Mike Poulton with direction by Gregory Doran


★★★★ “Trump-like Pompey makes Roman political drama especially relevant” Evening Standard
★★★★ “with the populism, the waffling, the bribery and the lies, it all feels alarmingly familiar to our own political dramas” The Times
★★★★ “those willing to immerse themselves in politics, scheming and rhetoric for seven hours will be rewarded.” Culture Whisper
★★★★ “Ambitious, intricate and compelling” The Stage
“snappy and amusing..it thrillingly depicts a civilised republic” TimeOut
“It’s “House of Cards” as a toga party.” Variety

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Performance dates
Booking to 8 September 2018

Venue Information

Gielgud Theatre, 35-37 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6AR
Nearest Tube or Train: Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: 14, 19, 38

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