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Imperium - The Cicero Plays

Large Mixed Cast

Mike Poulton from Robert Harris Price: $19.95

Following his stunning RSC adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall & Bring Up the Bodies Mike Poulton turns his pen to the thrilling world of Ancient Rome with a six play epic adaptation of Robert Harris’s bestselling The Cicero Trilogy

Cicero was the greatest orator of his age

He devoted all his energy and cunning to preserve the Rule of Law

And to defending Rome’s Republic against the predatory attacks of political rivals, discontented aristocrats, and would-be military dictators

This backstage view of Ancient Rome at its most bloody and brutal is told through the eyes of Tiro, Cicero’s loyal secretary

Imperium was premiered by the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon in November 2017 in an epic event directed by Gregory Doran comprising six plays presented in two performances

All six plays are included in this 288 page Volume


★★★★★ "'One of the finest achievements of the Royal Shakespeare Company in recent years… an exhilarating and timely political drama… provides both an intriguing character study and a demonstration of politics in action" ~ The Guardian

★★★★★ "The sheer scale of the enterprise inspires awe… Poulton distils the original trilogy with his customary combination of verbal dexterity, clear storytelling and hefty doses of leavening wit, [which] only serves to accentuate the brilliance of the undertaking … puts these dense historical epics onto the stage with all the panache and pace of a Netflix box set" ~ Wahtsonstage

★★★★★ "Ambitious, intricate and compelling… an epic undertaking… Poulton’s adaptation expertly condenses and makes clear all the complex machinations and power plays, the conspiracies, shifting loyalties and betrayals. In his hands the intricate, multi-stranded narrative moves fluidly and is never less than engaging" ~ The Satge

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