Imperium I: Conspirator

Imperium I: Conspirator

4.7 (6) · Contemporary

Mike Poulton turns his pen to the thrilling world of power politics in the ancient Rome of Robert Harris’ best-selling Cicero trilogy.


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?

Critic reviews

The themes discussed are serious – the way men (and it is virtually all men) wield power and seek it. But the delivery is energetic. Richard McCabe's enthralling Cicero literally bounces around the stage, dancing on his toes, thrilled with his own cleverness, challenging all comers


Trump-like Pompey makes Roman political drama especially relevant

Evening Standard

This Herculean marathon remains chillingly pertinent

The Telegraph

What with the populism, the waffling, the bribery and the lies, it all feels alarmingly familiar to our own political dramas

The Times

‘Imperium’ is an impressive accomplishment, not least for the sheer stamina of the cast, who barely get a moment off on a two-show-day. You will undeniably learn a lot, and laugh a fair bit

Time Out

The RSC’s staging of Robert Harris’s novels rolls out with the pace and grip of a political box-set

Financial Times

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Thu 14 Jun - Sat 8 Sep, 1.30pm & 7pm


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