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Imperium I: Conspirator

Follow the triumphs and defeats of one of Rome’s greatest orators, Cicero, as he tried to maintain law and order in the Empire. Experience the power struggles and civil wars that plagued Rome during this era, through the eyes of Cicero’s loyal secretary and confidant, Tiro.

Why Watch Imperium I: Conspirator

Based on the massively popular Cicero Trilogy written by Robert Harris, the play has been adapted for the stage by Tony nominee Mike Poulton. Produced by one of the top theatre productions in the world, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Imperium I: Conspirator guarantees to be a magnificent view into ancient Rome. Garnering critical acclaim from across the globe, Imperium is a thriller that exposes the downfall of the Roman Empire, albeit from a different perspective. Cicero is portrayed by the Tony and Olivier Award-winning Richard McCabe. The show consists of 6 one-act plays, split into two parts. The play is perhaps the most comprehensive stage adaptation of the Roman Empire in recent times and is a must-see for history buffs and fans of political thrillers.

The Story

Cicero was one of the most celebrated orators of his age and was a genius in the tasks of law and politics. He made it his lifelong goal to protect the Roman Republic from attacks by rivals, discontented aristocrats, and others. A unanimous vote of the Roman people sees Cicero elected consul. His opponent, Catiline, is livid at the outcome and refuses to accept the electoral results. He then decides to usurp Cicero, murder the entire government, and take Rome for himself. Catiline forms a group of conspirators and lays out an elaborate plan that when set in motion, will guarantee the Roman throne for himself. On the other side, the young but influential and ruthless Julius Caesar is also working behind the scenes to take control of the Roman Empire.

Soon enough law and order begin to break down with the numerous conflicts and civil wars plaguing the Empire. The one who is able to control the mob will ultimately maintain the power of Rome. Caesar, Cicero, Catiline, and the charming Publius Clodius are all stuck in this power struggle. Who will emerge victorious?

Good for

History buffs | Fans of political theatre | Historical fiction fans

Critics Reviews

“Poulton’s adaptation expertly condenses and makes clear all the complex machinations and power plays, the conspiracies, shifting loyalties and betrayals.”
- The Stage

“Mike Poulton’s two-part adaptation of Harris’s trilogy is an exhilarating and timely political drama about a democracy descending into tyranny.”
- The Guardian

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Know Before You Go

Show Details

Show Timings

Mondays and Thursdays 7:00 PM
Wednesdays and Saturdays 1:30 PM

2 hours and 55 minutes, with two 15-minute intervals

Leading Roles
Richard McCabe as Cicero
Joseph Kloska as Tiro
Joe Dixon as Catiline
Peter de Jersey as Caesar

Written and adapted by
Mike Poulton

Directed by
Gregory Doran

Additional Information

Suitable for ages 12 and up. Kids under 3 are not allowed into the theatre.

Available Facilities
Wheelchair accessible
In-house bar
Coat check

The Gielgud Theatre has a seating capacity of 940. You can find the seating plan here.

Outside Food
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.

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

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Strict Cancellation Policy

All West End show tickets are non-refundable.

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