The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has revealed its casting for a production based on Robert Harris' Cicero Trilogy at the Swan Theatre in Stratford Upon Avon.
Richard McCabe and Siobhan Redmond will star as Cicero and his spirited wife Terentia in Mike Poulton's adaptation. The role of Cicero’s faithful servant Tiro, who narrates their adventures, will meanwhile be played by Joseph Kloska, whose recent work in TV and film includes "Jane Eyre", "Cinderella" and the Netflix series "The Crown".
In total the event - first announced in February - will be staged as six plays, presented in two performances,"Imperium Part I: Conspirator" and "Imperium Part II: Dictator". Each play will have two intervals and be directed by RSC artistic director Gregory Doran.
Part I, Conspirator, is set to run from 16th November and Part II, Dictator, from 23rd November 2017 until 10th February 2018.
Harris' Cicero Trilogy, comprising books Imperium, Lustrum and Dictator, has sold in excess of 500,000 copies overall, according to Nielsen Bookscan.