The unmissable shows Imperium I & II, based on the bestselling Cicero Novels by Robert Harris, are now playing for a limited period in the West End. This series has been adapted for the stage by Tony nominee Mike Poulton and produced by one of the top theatre productions in the world, the Royal Shakespeare Company. The legendary Gielgud Theatre London, famous for having hosted many successful musicals since 1906, is home to the Imperium shows. Imperium is a series of two historical thrillers, which can be watched as independent shows or together. Here’s a handy guide to help you with all you want to know about Imperium and to find ways to get discounted Imperium London tickets.
About the Show
Imperium I: Conspirator and Imperium II: Dictator are a thrilling portrayal of bloody and brutal political view of ancient Rome. Directed by Gregory Doran, and featuring Olivier and Tony Award-winner Richard McCabe as Cicero and Joseph Kloska as Tiro, the plays are a must watch, especially for historical fiction fans. The shows follow Rome’s greatest orator, Cicero, along his journey of conquests and adversities in that entangled political era of Rome. Imperium I: Conspirator illustrates how despite the initial success of Cicero, the turn of events led to total brutal chaos and almost the end of the Roman Republic. Imperium II: Dictator portrays the struggle of restoring power from the lawless civic mob, their would-be Emperor Julius Caesar, and establishing peace.
A challenging story of power struggle, betrayal, civil wars, and uprising through personal highs and lows, the Imperium series keeps the audience at the edge of their seats.
Imperium I: Conspirator
This story revolves around the rise and fall of Cicero, one of the best known orators and Statesman of Rome. Cicero becomes the President of Roman Republic, defeating his arch aristocratic rival Catiline. Furious, Catiline vows to destroy Cicero. Catiline; Julius Caesar, a young, ruthless, power hungry senator; Clodius, a vicious playboy; and many others hatch many conspiracies and plots to kill Cicero and takeover Rome by force. What transpires as a result is a bloody civil war, complete breakdown of law and order, street gangs ruling Rome, and the Republic in Rome coming to a gruesome end.
Imperium II: Dictator
The story begins with the assassination of Julius Caesar by Decimus, Brutus, and Cassius. Riots and mayhem break up in the streets of Rome. However the assassins begin to dither, and Mark Antony, a powerful consul of Caesar emerges as a military dictator of Rome. As there are abetment and conspiracies doing the rounds once again, Cicero, who had retired from politics, looks at it as an opportunity to restore the Republic in Rome. He forms an alliance with Octavian, the adopted son of Julius Caesar to win the support of people. Little does Cicero realise that this young man will turn out to be a bigger danger than his late father.
““Imperium” builds Rome in a day... it plays like a grand history cycle: the errors of one era give rise to those of the next. It might be set in antiquity, but contemporary resonance is close at hand.”
“The pleasingly uncluttered approach allows us to focus on the plays’ high-octane rhetoric of power and masculinity.”
– The Standard
About the Show
Suitable for ages 12 and up. Kids under 3 are not allowed into the theatre.
The Gielgud Theatre has a seating capacity of 940. You can find the seating plan here.
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in West End.
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.
Gielgud Theatre - Imperium I & II Ticket Prices
Imperium I: Conspirator
Imperium II: Dictator
Gielgud Theatre Seating Plan will help you find the best seats for Imperium on West End.
Imperium London Lottery, TKTS, Day Seats
Apart from getting Imperium tickets online, there are other ways to obtain West End tickets for cheap, such as:
TKTS: The TKTS booth obtains its inventory directly from the theatre based on availability, and sells them for cheap.
TKTS booths offer discounted tickets for certain shows, and can only be collected in person. Unlike New York, there is only one TKTS booth in all of London. You can check the availability of tickets for the show of your choice at the official TKTS website.
The website displays availability of tickets for the current day, along with the following two days. Based on how popular the Imperium series is, TKTS tickets for the show are rarely available.
LOTTERY: The winner takes it all! You can try your luck to obtain tickets for a performance on the same day at discounted rates!
You have the chance to win up to two Imperium I: Conspirator tickets for £20. Download the TodayTix app, share a post on social media, and stand the chance to win two tickets for the show.
DAY TICKETS: These are tickets that are made available at the theatre on the day of the show.
Imperium Day Tickets
Day Seats are discounted tickets that are available for purchase, and to be used, on the same day at the theatre. Please note that the availability of tickets is based on the discretion of the Apollo Theatre Box Office, and may not be available for all shows.
A limited number of seats are available at Gielgud Theatre as soon as the Box Office opens at 10 AM. Imperium Day Seat Tickets are priced at £25/ticket, with each person only being allowed to buy a maximum of two tickets.
Q: Is there a way to purchase TKTS tickets online, instead of waiting in line at the TKTS booths?
A: Unfortunately, no. The only way to purchase tickets is in person at the TKTS booth in Leicester Square.
Q:What is the age limit for this show?
A: The show is recommended for ages 12 and up. Kids under 3 are not allowed into the theatre.
Q: What time should I arrive at Gielgud theatre?
A: Doors open 45 minutes before show time. We recommend arriving at least 30 minutes before curtain.
Q: Can I take photographs or videos of the show?
A: The use of cameras (still and video) and sound recorders is not allowed inside the theatre.
Q: Is there a possibility that I will get partial view seating if I purchase discount tickets for Imperium?
A: When booking with Headout, you will get to select your specific seats, thus, ensuring you do not get stuck with partial view. However, if you opt to try and win lottery tickets, or purchase day seats, your seats will be allocated at the discretion of the Box Office, which can potentially mean partial view seating or split seats.