Based on the Cicero Trilogy by Robert Harris
Adapted by Mike Poulton
Following his stunning RSC adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies (2013/14) Mike Poulton turns his pen to the thrilling world of Ancient Rome with a brand new version of Robert Harris' best-selling Cicero novels. This epic event will be staged as six plays, presented as two performances, each with two intervals, and will be directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran.
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?
Wed 10 Jan 2018, 1:00pm