PREVIEW: Imperium, Gielgud Theatre

It has been announced that the  production, based on Robert Harris’ best-selling Cicero trilogy will transfer to the Gielgud Theatre from the 14th June until the 8th September. 

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The production, directed by RSC Artistic Director, Gregory Doran, will transfer to the West End following a successful run in Stratford.

Robert Harris’ best-selling Cicero trilogy has been adapted for the stage by Mike Poulton and will presented as six one act plays divided into two performances – each with two intervals.

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 Julius Caesar.

The cast is set to 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.

Imperium is set to feature designs by  Anthony Ward, with lighting by Mark Henderson. Music is composed by Paul Englishby, with sound by Claire Windsor. The production is co-produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and Playful Productions, follows their last collaboration on Mike Poulton’s stage adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies which enjoyed success at the Aldwych Theatre after its Stratford run and transferred to Broadway in 2015.

Imperium will play at the Gielgud Theatre from the 14th June until the 8th September. For more information visit:

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