Imperium the Cicero Plays is a phase adjustment of the Cicero set of three of books by Robert Harris (Imperium, Lustrum and Dictator). It was debuted by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Swan Theater in Stratford-upon-Avon from 16 November 2017 to 10 February 2018, coordinated by Gregory Doran and with Richard McCabe as Cicero. It played at the Gielgud Theater in London from 14 June to 8 September 2018.
The second gathering adjusts the rest of Dictator into three plays entitled Caesar, Mark Anthony and Octavian. The main opens as Cicero comes back to Italy in the wake of Caesar’s triumph at Pharsalus in 48 BC, trailed by a summing-up of the ongoing Civil War and Caesar’s suspicion of authoritarian forces. The remainder of the three plays then pursues Cicero’s response to the Ides of March and his fizzled endeavors to spare the Roman Republic by playing Mark Anthony and Octavian off against one another, coming full circle in Cicero’s execution in 43 BC. The last play closes with an epilog by Tiro, covering the later destinies of Brutus, Cassius, Octavian and Mark Anthony and envisioning Cicero’s existence in the wake of death in words from his own Dream of Scipio.