Monday, July 23, 2018
Imperium II: Dictator... I Claudius meets Yes Minster meets The West Wing meets House of Cards meets Carry on Cleo. Yes, that good. @DMTWestEnd #RSCImperium @TheRSC
This part was shorter than the first, but at just over three hours, still long. Very long. But we loved it - probably even more than part I.
There was thicker politicking, deeper philosophising, higher intrigue, looser morals, more fourth-wall breaking, albeit fewer decapitations, precious few heaving bosoms, and no six-packs.
In summary: with Caesar out of the way Cicero, rather like many an aging politician, tried to outwit the new order - the political upstarts. But in their own ways both the headstrong Mark Antony and wily, young Octavian out-foxed our hero with their own mixtures of flattery, guile and sheer brute force.
Again the whole cast were again excellent and we hung on their every word.