VenueSwan Theatre
From16th November 2017
To10th February 2018
When19:00. Jan 24,31, Feb 3,7,10 Mats 13:00
What is currently on at Swan Theatre (V136)
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Imperium: The Cicero Plays, Part I Conspirator

Cicero, the greatest orator of his age, devoted all his energy and cunning to preserve the rule of law, and defend Rome's Republic against the predatory attacks of political rivals, discontented aristocrats, and would-be military dictators. Imperium follows Cicero's triumphs and disasters, through power struggles, civil wars, and personal highs and lows, told through the eyes of Tiro, his loyal secretary. A backstage view of Rome at its most bloody and brutal. Part I: Conspirator - Cicero is elected consul by a unanimous vote of the Roman people. Catiline, his aristocratic rival, is furious in defeat and refuses to accept the results of the election. He swears a blood oath to destroy Cicero, murder the government, and take Rome by force. Behind the conspiracy, Cicero suspects, lurks Julius Caesar - young, ruthless, popular with the Roman mob and greedy for absolute power. As law and order begins to break down, who controls the mob controls Rome: Cicero, Catiline, Caesar or the charming but vicious playboy, Publius Clodius?
Author Robert Harris
Adapted by Mike Poulton

Archive :: production:T1124967353, play:S38108568, venue:V136

Production details

Following his stunning RSC adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies (2013/14), Mike Poulton turns his pen to the thrilling world of Ancient Rome with a brand new version of Robert Harris' best-selling Cicero novels. This epic event will be staged as six plays, presented in two performances, each with two intervals, and will be directed by RSC Artistic Director, Gregory Doran.


Company Royal Shakespeare Company
Director Gregory Doran
Design Anthony Ward
Lighting Mark Henderson
Music Paul Englishby
Sound Claire Windsor
Performer Nicholas Boulton (Celer/Cassius)
Performer Guy Burgess (Sura/Lepidus)
Performer Daniel Burke (Sosithius/Marcus)
Performer Jade Croot (Tullia)
Performer Peter de Jersey (Caesar/Calenus)
Performer Joe Dixon (Cataline/Antony)
Performer John Dougall (Lucullus/Brutus)
Performer Michael Grady-Hall (Caato/Hiritius)
Performer Oliver Johnstone (Rufus/Octavian)
Performer Paul Kemp (Quintus)
Performer Joseph Kloska (Tiro)
Performer Patrick Knowles (Cethegus/Dolabella)
Performer Richard McCabe (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Performer Hywel Morgan (Hybrida/Popilius)
Performer Lily Nichol (Pompeia/Flavia)
Performer David Nicolle (Crassus/Pansa)
Performer Pierro Niel-Mee)
Performer Siobhan Redmond (Terentia/Calpumia/Servilia)
Performer Patrick Romer (Isauricus/Piso)
Performer Jay Saighal (Numitorius/Decimus)
Performer Christopher Saul (Pompey/Murena/Trebonius/Isauricus Jnr)
Performer Eloise Secker (Clodia/Fulvia)
Performer Simon Thorp (Catulus/Casca)

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