Imperium I: Conspirator Tickets
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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?
Age restrictionChildren under 3 will not be admitted.
Running time3hr 25min (inc. two intervals)
Performance dates14 June - 8 September 2018
ContentRecommended for ages 12 and above.
Don't miss the continuation of the Imperium saga with Imperium II: Dictator, playing 21 June - 8 September 2018. All persons aged under 16 must be accompanied and sat next to the accompanying adult. They may not sit on their own within the auditorium. If children do have separate seats, entry could be refused. All patrons, regardless of age, must present a valid ticket to gain entry to the theatre. Please ensure that any children or infants for whom you are responsible also have a valid ticket. Your child should be able to sit unaided within the purchased seat. We do not allow children to be seated on an adult’s lap or babes in arms.
Venue InformationGielgud TheatreShaftesbury Avenue, London, W1V 8AR
Imperium I: Conspirator
The question, upon seeing that Imperium is a two-part story, is whether you need to see both parts. I understand you have no money, no time and yes both parts are over 3 hours, however, I would argue both for and against seeing both parts. Part I and Part II feel quite contained as stories with Part I focusing on the conspiracy against Richard McCabe’s Cicero and Part II focusing on life after Julius Caesar but I would argue both parts need to be seen for the development of Cicero as a man, an orator and as someone who gives warmth to a cold period of history full of scandal, sex and backstabbing.
I’ve chosen to review them separately because whilst they are coherent productions there are some important developments in both stories which shape how the productions end up. This is a review of the first part of Imperium, be sure to check out my review of the final part here.
24 Jul, 2018 | By Shanine Salmon
Q&A Session with Imperium star Joseph Kloska
All roads lead to the Gielgud Theatre for Imperium, an unmissable, two-part epic that brings the world of ancient Rome to life. The tale chronicles the rise of Cicero (Richard McCabe) and the fall of the Roman Republic. Starring as Cicero's slave, Tiro, who also serves as the narrator of the two plays, is Joseph Kloska, a talented English star who is highly prolific in historical period pieces. Kloska has been universally praised for his performance, which has been called both 'magnificent' and 'lively' (WhatsOnStage). We sat down with the charming actor for a lovely Q&A session. Read what he had to say below:
18 Jul, 2018 | By Nicholas Ephram Ryan Daniels
Coming to the West End: RSC's Imperium
This two-part chronicle, adapted by Mike Poulton, will be transferring to the West End from Stratford come June and originally ran at the RSC Swan Theatre last December.
13 Mar, 2018 | By Nicholas Ephram Ryan Daniels