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Robert Harris books to be adapted for the stage by the RSC

The Royal Shakespeare Company's base in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Photo: Peter Cook The Royal Shakespeare Company's base in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Photo: Peter Cook
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Robert Harris’ Roman trilogy is to be adapted for the stage by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Imperium: The Cicero Plays has been written by Mike Poulton and will be directed at the RSC by artistic director Gregory Doran as part of its forthcoming winter season.

The trilogy of books will be adapted into two plays, running in repertory in the Swan Theatre from November.

The RSC’s winter programme also includes a London transfer for Helen Edmundson’s Queen Anne – which ran in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2015.

It will run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket for 13 weeks from June 30 and will star Romola Garai as the Duchess of Marlborough.

David Edgar is to pen a new adaptation of A Christmas Carol, which will be directed by Rachel Kavanaugh, while the season also sees the return of director Christopher Luscombe to the RSC for Twelfth Night.

Both run in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre from November to February 2018.

Elsewhere, Sope Dirisu takes on the title role in the previously announced Coriolanus, directed by Angus Jackson.

Deputy artistic director Erica Whyman will direct Tom Morton-Smith’s The Earthworks, one of two new plays running in the Other Place as part of Mischief Festival. The other, Myth, is written by Matt Hartley and Kirsty Housley and directed by Housley. Mischief Festival runs from May 24 to June 13.

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