Press Day for Imperium Part I and II

Yesterday has been the Press Day for Imperium Part I and II at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon! A real tour-de-force for the team, but it was worth it, because the plays are getting 4 and 5* reviews!

Below, two production photos from Dictator with Oliver Johnstone as Octavian and reviews referring to him!

Evening Standard: “There’s crisp work from Oliver Johnstone and John Dougall ”

The Guardian StageOliver Johnstone brings out the watchful danger of the youthful Octavian.

The Stage “From the large supporting cast,Oliver Johnstone is unsettlingly collected as Caesar’s young heir Octavian, completely convinced of his own divinity.

I hope more good reviews will follow.

People are asking if the plays will ever go to London, no news from the RSC about it, let’s wait if they take this decision.


Imperium’s rehearsal photos are online!

The rehearsal photos of the two parts play Imperium are online:

Photos by Ikin Yum © RSC – Here two with Oliver Johnstone:

The RSC: “Here’s a selection of rehearsal photos for Imperium: The Cicero Plays.

Imperium Part I: Conspirator plays in the Swan Theatre from 16 November.

Imperium Part II: Dictator plays in the Swan Theatre from 23 November.

Based on the Cicero Trilogy by Robert Harris. Adapted by Mike Poulton.

I’m so curious about this new play! For now, I took the book at the library of my city, let’s see how it is…

King Lear is back, part of the RSC 2018 Summer season!

Tuesday 12 September 2017, the RSC announces the 2018 Summer season.

Gregory Doran’s 2016 production of King Lear will join the Royal Shakespeare Theatre repertoire for a limited season after an international tour.

RSC Artistic Director, Gregory Doran: “Following a short revival of my production of King Lear with Antony Sher in the title role, we conclude the Royal Shakespeare Theatre season with a change of tone. …”

King Lear by William Shakespeare

Directed by Gregory Doran
23 May – 9 June 2018

Antony Sher reprises his “unbearably moving” (Guardian) performance in the title role of this acclaimed production which was first seen in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and at the Barbican in 2016. It returns to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre after an international tour.

Full casting is not confirmed yet. I wonder if Oliver Johnstone could be in the cast as Edgar again, unless Imperium gets a London transfer, so he’d be busy playing Rufus/Octavian. Let’s wait for news!

Oliver Johnstone plays Rufus/Octavian in RSC’s Imperium!

I was just wondering when I could get some news about this young and dedicated actor. This morning it happened! Terry Paddock of “My Theatre Mates“, always such a precious source, tweeted me about a new casting.

I’m glad to announce that Oliver Johnstone is in the cast of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s “Imperium“, part of Robert Harris’ Roman trilogy, known as the “Cicero novels”.

He will play Rufus/Octavian. It’s a great role for Oliver, so he goes back to Rome for the RSC again, after Cymbeline!

His Oppenheimer’s colleague Michael Grady-Hall is in the cast, too.

The two plays will run in Stratford-Upon-Avon at the Swan Theatre:

Part I: Conspirator 16 November 2017 – 10 February 2018

Part II: Dictator 23 November 2017 – 10 February 2018

I’m so looking forward to see material about this production!

But, most of all, I hope to make it in Stratford!

On Chesil Beach release dates

On Chesil Beach – movie with Oliver Johnstone in the role of Ted, will have its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2017 (unknown date) and will be released in UK on 19 January 2018.

I couldn’t find production photos with Oliver, yet.

LINKS list of the movies