Paul Kemp: Imperium (Gielgud Theatre – West End)

Date - 14 June, 2018, All News Opening Nights Theatre
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Paul Kemp (pictured left) plays Quintus in the West End transfer of the Robert Harris’ best-selling Cicero Trilogy.

Following his stunning RSC adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies (2013/14), Mike Poulton turned his pen to the thrilling world of Ancient Rome with a brand-new version of Imperium: Parts 1 & 2.

Cicero, the greatest orator of his age, devoted 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 follows Cicero’s triumphs and disasters, through power struggles, civil wars, and personal highs and lows, told through the eyes of Tiro, his loyal secretary. A backstage view of Rome at its most bloody and brutal.

After a sell-out season in the Swan Theatre, Gregory Doran’s epic, acclaimed productions of Imperium: The Cicero Plays , based on the bestselling Cicero Trilogy by Robert Harris and adapted by Mike Poulton, play at the Gielgud Theatre, until 8 September 2018.


Paul Kemp is a versatile character actor. Recent theatre credits include Imperium for the RSC at the Gielgud Theatre, Richard III at the Arcola, Smee in Wendy And Peter Pan with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2015/16, Ghost Stories West End, The Lady In The Van No1 UK Tour for Hull Truck, Seven Year Twitch and How To Be Happy both for The Orange Tree, The Lady From The Sea at The Manchester Royal Exchange, The Crucible at Regent's Park Open Air Festival, My Wonderful Day and Woman in Mind for SJT, Vaudeville Theatre, West End and New York and How The Other Half Loves for The Sir Peter Hall Company.

Paul has also worked prolifically for Stephen Joseph Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Salisbury Playhouse, Liverpool Playhouse, Watermill Theatre, Birmingham Rep and Regent's Park Open Air Festival.

Screen credits include Maxwell, The Trial of Tony Blair, Life on Mars and When Saturday Comes.

Paul will be returning to the RSC this winter to play Quintus in Imperium.

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