We’re currently experiencing temporary disruption to the availability of some titles as we move all of our books to a new warehouse, which means it may take longer than normal for your order to reach you. Click here for more information.

Imperium: The Cicero Plays
Paperback, 288 pages ISBN: 9781848426986Publication Date:
16 Nov 2017
Size: 198mm x 129mm£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
Ebook, 288 pages ISBN: 9781780019925Publication Date:
16 Nov 2017
£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
First Staged:
Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, 2017

Imperium: The Cicero Plays

By Robert Harris Adapted by Mike Poulton

Paperback £10.99£8.79

Ebook £10.99£8.79

Cicero, the greatest orator of his age, devotes all his energy and cunning to preserve the rule of law, and defend Rome's Republic against the predatory attacks of political rivals, discontented aristocrats, and would-be military dictators.

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

Adapted by Mike Poulton from Robert Harris's bestselling The Cicero Trilogy, it was premiered by the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon in November 2017 in an epic event comprising six plays presented in two performances.

Press Quotes

'A riveting epic for our time – The West Wing in sandals'

The Times

'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 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'


'The West Wing in blood-soaked togas… this turbulent story of bitter rivalries and criminal conspiracy is both timely and entertaining… an instructive and entertaining vision of one of history’s great self-made heavyweights'

Evening Standard

'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 Stage
Paperback,288 pages ISBN: 9781848426986Publication Date:
16 Nov 2017
Size: 198mm x 129mm£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
Ebook,288 pages ISBN: 9781780019925Publication Date:
16 Nov 2017
£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)

Also by Mike Poulton:

Judgement Day
Don Carlos
A Tale of Two Cities
Wolf Hall (stage version)
The Father
The Canterbury Tales
Morte d'Arthur
Luise Miller
The York Mystery Plays
Wolf Hall & Bring Up the Bodies (stage version)
The Other Boleyn Girl
Bring Up the Bodies (stage version)

Go to author page...

Similar Titles
Schiller's great tragedy transformed by Mike Poulton into an intense and gripping historical thriller.
A compelling story of political intrigue, double dealing and the ruthless realities of taking a nation to war, set ag...
Mike Poulton's two-part adaptation of Hilary Mantel's acclaimed novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies...
Rona Munro's vividly imagined historical cycle brings to life three generations of Stewart kings who ruled Scotland i...
A play that challenges our understanding of mythology, and forces us to ask vital questions about military occupation...
A modern epic set in ancient Rome, about a polyglot, violent city at the heart of a divided nation.