Imperium II: Dictator
Continue to learn about the riveting story of Cicero and the Roman Empire, as the triumphs of the first part have all but unravelled, and he is forced to face testing times. Join Cicero on his journey to re-establish Rome as a Republic, as you hear the story from the perspective of Tiro, the loyal servant and secretary of Cicero.
Why Watch Imperium II: Dictator
Adapted by Mike Poulton from the Cicero Trilogy written by the eminent Robert Harris, the show is split into two parts. Imperium II: Dictator is the follow up to Imperium I: Conspirator. Produced in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company, one of the foremost companies in the field of theatre, you are in for a riveting show. You can feel the palpable tension in each scene, and the setting and acting are second to none. Everything from the costumes to the set is perfectly designed, and you will feel as if you are sitting in the Roman Empire. Richard McCabe’s portrayal of Cicero has been touted a career-defining performance, and Peter de Jersey’s Caesar was met with universal acclaim. They undoubtedly are the stars of the show, and elevate the experience to a new level with their on-stage performance. Joseph Kloska, playing the role of Tiro will take you through the intricacies of Roman politics, giving you insight into the structure and hierarchy.
The story begins with Rome in absolute chaos. Cicero attempts to save Rome and bring it back to the days when it was a republic. Additionally, he must also prevent Caesar from taking over the throne and extending his reach across the Empire. Things, however, go against Cicero’s plan, and he is forced to retire from politics, and Julius Caesar gains control of the armies of Rome. A few years later, Cicero returns to Italy after Julius Caesar is victorious in 48 BC. Caesar assumes dictatorial powers and becomes the Emperor of Rome. Soon enough, Julius Caesar is also assassinated, and with no single person to assume the throne, a riot erupts. A candidate, Mark Antony, emerges soon enough and power seems to be slowly shifting into his hands. To ensure that this doesn't happen, Cicero allies with the heir and grand-nephew of Caesar, the young but ruthless Octavian. Cicero attempts to pit Mark Antony and Octavian against each other, believing that he can control the boy and defeat Antony. Will Cicero finally achieve his dream of reviving the Republic or has he doomed the future of the Roman Empire?
History buffs | Fans of political theatre | Historical fiction fans
“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
Know Before You Go
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.
Strict Cancellation Policy
This experience cannot be cancelled, amended or rescheduled.
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Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London