Gielgud Theatre


14 Jun 2018 - 08 Sep 2018

£10.00 - £100.00

Pro reviewers rating
6 reviews

4.2 out of 5.0
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0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

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. 

Poulton’s two-part stage adaptation of the Cicero trilogy of books by Robert Harris.

McCabe and Redmond will reprise their roles.

(Reviews are from Stratford in December 2017)


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“Cicero... beautifully acted by McCabe in a career-defining performance... takes a legendary figure and makes him fallibly human.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Verbal dexterity, clear storytelling... leavening wit... The story is vividly transparent and beautifully portrayed.”

What's on Stage (Other reviewers)

“Ambitious, intricate and compelling... Maintains a hold on its audience throughout.”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“Poulton excels again... A saga of furious rivalries and devious factionalism, presented with terrific energy and clarity.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“McCabe ensures that he’s engaging and complex, a potent and authoritative figure who’s nonetheless capable of appearing fragile.”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Epic adaptation... Gargantuan... The filleting down of Harris’s masterwork has yielded surprisingly few illuminating features.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

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