The Emperors of Rome reviews
What the senators think...
This is one of the highlights of the long
Roman summer. The Miracle Players, a group of actors from all four corners
of the English-speaking world enact the history of ancient Rome ... by the
Mamertine Prison on the edge of the Forum. A truly funny, yet informative
journey through the city’s magnificent past in one of the few opportunities
in Rome for high-level theatre in English.
...a perfectly balanced mix of the
historical and the hilarious.
The annual summer treat for all
English-speaking theatre fans begins this week with the start of the Miracle
Players’ run of their new play “The Emperors of Rome” in the very
appropriate al fresco setting of the Roman Forum. In forty hilarious minute,
using the words of classical writers but with their own comic slant, the
Miracle Players re-enact the lives and follies of five of Rome’s most famous
Emperors as the sun goes down over the ruins of their hubris.
If you go down to the Roman Forum any
Tuesday or Friday evening throughout the summer months, chances are that
you’ll bump into the Miracle Players, Rome’s most imaginative comedy troupe.
Every year they write and perform a new theatre show that not only amuses
but also informs the public about Rome’s classical heritage.
|After the success of last year's 40-minute
rendition of 'The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire', the capital's
itinerant English theatre troupe, the Miracle Players, return to imperial
themes, with a characteristically irreverent look at the colourful lives of
five Roman emperors. Each Tuesday and Friday evening, friends, Romans and
countrymen alike can thrill to the deeds of Augustus and his brood (watch
out for a particularly mad Caligula) in the atmospheric environs of the
|The wacky group is back for the fourth
year running with a new comedy about the lives of Augustus, Tiberius,
Caligula, Claudius and Nero.|
Wanted in Rome
This is one of the longest and most
popular of Rome's summer events...
It's a miracle! Augustus, Tiberius,
Caligula, Caludius and Nero all brought to life this summer in the Roman
Forum. Do see "The Emperors of Rome".
Gli imperatori ora parlano in inglese
In scena gli imperatori
L’imperatore recita in inglese
Se passeggiando per i Fori romani vedrete
nella suggestiva luce del tramonto, uomini e donne nelle fogge in uso
nell’antica Roma, non è un miraggio dovuto al caldo sole, ma sono i Miracle
Players, un gruppo teatrale inglese, che mette in scena per strada episodi
della storia di Roma. L’appuntamento è ogni martedì e venerdì alle ore 19:30
(puntuali, sono inglesi!) nel piazzale antistante il Carcere Mamertino al
Foro Romano. I Miracle Players non sono nuovi all’iniziativa, infatti, si
tratta del quarto anno di repliche... Si recita in
inglese, ma la comunicazione espressiva dei volti fa in modo che is possa
seguire comunque la storia.
Come preludio dell’attesissima Estate
Romana... tornano a Roma i Miracle Players con la messa in scena de “The
Emperors of Rome”..., spettacolo comico in lingua inglese che ricrea, in
chiave ironica, la vera storia degli imperatori romani Augusto, Tiberio,
Caligola, Claudio e Nerone in una miscela di stravaganza, immaginazione e
divertimento. Tra parrucche e armi di plastica, lo scenario tra le rovine di
Roma aggiunge alla rappresentazione una suggestione inimitabile.
I Miracle players, il gruppo teatrale
inglese sorto nel maggio 1999 e divenuto celebre grazie ai numerosi
spettacoli in lingua sui palcoscenici capitolini, ricostruisce adesso, in
occasione dell’estate romana, la vita, la storia, gli aneddoti dei primi
cinque imperatori romani... Il testo, però, è in inglese. Saranno proprio i
contrasti linguistici, somatici ad acuire la sottile vena di ironia che
pervade tutta l’opera, dando vita ad uno spettacolo esilarante, dove le
parrucche e le armi di plastica sono ben poca casa rispetto all’insolito
Tra i ruderi dei Fori Romani il teatro
parla solo inglese
La storia degli
imperatori con ironia e in lingua inglese.
The Emperors of Rome...
diventera’ forse lo spettacolo piu’ frequentato dalla numerosa colonia
anglofona di Roma e, per il passaparola, dai turisti stranieri, da quelli
italiani e ..dai romani. Assiepati sui gradini della chiesa davanti alle
Carceri Mamertine (quindi poco sotto il Campidoglio e poco sopra i Fori)
abbiamo assistito a questo rapidissimo spettacolo (dura 40 minuti) insieme
ad una piccola folla, in parte arrivata casualmente per la gratuità
dell’ingresso. Nei nostri resoconti ci siamo spesso stupiti da come i
turisti stranieri (che a malapena spiccicano qualche parola d’italiano) si
sbellicano dalle risate sia per le battutacce in romanesco di Lando Fiorini
o Alfiero Alfieri sia per quelle in napoletano di “Vulisse a Maronna” o de
“I casi sono due”. Ebbene questa volta ci siamo stupiti in senso inverso. Lo
spettacolo e’ recitato in inglese (ne’ in cockney ne’ in slang ma in vero
inglese) le battute ne hanno il classico “humour”, eppure anche (e
soprattutto) i “romani de Roma” ridono a crepapelle. Non vi raccontiamo di
piu’ perche’ i cinque attori comici - tutti bilingue o quasi, tranne
un’attrice trilingue(?) – con armi e parrucche vistosamente in plastica
“trash” meritano di essere visti. Se poi volete un anteprima, cliccate qui
sotto per collegarvi col sito: avrete un motivo in più per venire quest’estate
Los emperadores de Roma
- Obra de teatro de la compañìa Miracle Players que culmina su exitosa
temporada con esta obra de historia clàsica convertida en comedia.
After fou4-4our-four years of putting on
plays, one would think that a group of unknowns, albeit coming from an
assortment of countries that could rival Heinz, would start to run out of
ideas. I mean, Lloyd and Weber can do it, but they just write ONE hit per
As always, the show is great, in fact, I
do think that this year is the best yet... Will be back again, and again,
for sure. All my best to you all,
You were all absolutely great. Tanti,
tanti complimenti for the script
and the staging.
We really enjoyed your miracle players
production. It was both funny and educational. Can't wait to return next
year for another production. Keep up the great work. Nero you are our
favorite. We miss you!!!!!
Many thanks for a fun evening! I am often
in Rome with groups who would be interested, so please keep me posted. alla
The kids are still acting out scenes from
your play. All 4 of them mentioned it as one of the highlights of their
Seen all your plays throughout the years,
and emperors of Rome just this night... Bravo! Keep up the good work, you're
a brilliant bunch of people.
Thank you very much for a entertaining
lesson in history and humour. Am definitely recommending your play to my
friends. The only thing that bothered me was that the sound sometimes was
not all that clear especially when the actors were on the side of the
Your presentation was a refreshing pause
in our week of sightseeing. We appreciated your combination of history and
humor. You were much better than the Time Elevator show. We will certainly
recommend you to anyone we know who is going to Rome. Thank you. Keep it up.
Well done for condensing so many dry but
important historical facts into a memorable and amusing format.
I so much enjoyed your performance in the
Forum last month. In addition to your fine acting and playwriting, your
choice of location is stunning (to say the least). I think this was some of
the best street theater I have ever witnessed. Bravi! Bravi!
We enjoyed your show at the Forum. It gave
life (with much humor) to the period of the Caesar's. We heard about it from
one of your postcards that we found not in our hotel, but in our friend's
hotel. We stayed at the hotel Victoria, perhaps you could stock it also as
it caters to Americans. Maybe you could add a line such as, bring a pillow
for sensitive hinies. Don't know when we'll be back to catch your next show.
I thoroughly enjoyed the show and would
highly recommend it to any English-speaking guest of this wonderful city.
It's funny, it's a great learning experience and, with the unrivalled
backdrop of the Roman Forum, an experience not to be missed!
Dear Players: my comment in short is: A
BRILLIANT IDEA WITH A BRILLIANT PERFORMANCE. After missing your "Everyman"
for lack of information I have been attending regularly for the last 3
years. I usually come more than once and recommend your shows to all my
English-speaking relations. The history of Rome will, hopefully, provide you
with material for many years to come. Cordially,
I loved your play and I'm actually
thinking about going to see it once again - I already did PR for you:
several of my friends went to see it - everyone liked it!
You guys are fantastic and I love you all.
Emporers of Rome was a wonderful balance
of education and humor. The show was bursting with wit, and your
presentation was energetic and incredibly versatile. The only thing I would
change is your lack of publicity-- keep acting!
Let me tell you again how much my friends
and I enjoyed your show.. We'll look forward to more, and Buon Lavoro...
e non solo,
Your show was great! I loved it and
laughed my heart out. :) Thanks for a great evening.
Great show! It was definitely one of the
more memorable events of our trip! The cast is extremely talented and the
show is very funny. We recommended it to other travellers at our hotel.
We saw your performance on Friday 5/7/02.
Wonderful show. Best wishes for the future.
Hi~ Just wanted to tell you all how much
we enjoyed the show!!! I went with my 4 year old son...whom I had just told
about all the emperors (he does a great "Hail Caesar!"). He found you all
very entertaining, as did I, and what a setting! It was a perfect Roman
evening! Keep up the great work!!! Will catch you when we are next in the
What a treat to watch your performance! We
were on our last leg of our Italian travels (16 days, two exhausted adults,
and two homesick children - ages 9, 13)and your show was a great way to
decompress, following a long day of tours. In addition, your performance
solidified what we had learned during our colosseum/forum tours, and put it
into perspective with your modernized point of views. We had a lovely
evening! Thanks so much,
So well played, so much sense of humour,
they do not play it seriously, just with their passionate sense of acting,
and of conveying their feeling. and it works!! so well!
Great play, fabulous location and
wonderful acting. Laughed till my sides ached and it was an incredible
surprise to sit in the Roman Forum while watching such innovative theatre!!!
The comedy was a gift.
Our family loved "The Emperors of Rome." A
first rate historical comedy - Monty Python meets Pax Romanus in a classic
setting. Wonderfully funny and educational. Kudos to the Miracle Players.
We enjoyed your show "The Emperors of
Rome" very much. So creative, so funny. We wish you very very much of
success, luck, money, health and so on. We hope, we are able to see you next
time when we will visiting Rome again.
The Emperors of Rome was the funniest
theatre I have seen in a long time. And it was free!!! Thank you very much
for a brilliant start to a great evening.
I really loved "The Emperors of
Rome". It was HILARIOUS! Everyone visiting Rome (or living there) should
really come by and check out the show. I know that the next time I visit
that I will be back to see you guys, so see you next year. Thanks for a
It was really nice to watch your historic theatre play
(how can I define it help me pls) ok..
I am glad about your doing! You are trying to
give life the history again! That is a very nice
Full of humor, a fantastic
combination between the ancient past and the present. Although the setting
was minimal, the natural background played its role very well. Loved every
minute of it!
I laughed until my bum was
numb, or was that because I was sitting on stone steps for 40 minutes?
Anyway I didn't notice because I was having a great time while keeping those
brain cells ticking over. More of the same please... and bravo to Frances.
Dear Miracle Players --
Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed your play, "The Emperors of
Rome." My husband had found out about it on the internet somewhere when we
were checking out things we wanted to do in Rome. I teach Latin at East
Peoria in Illinois and so this was my ninth trip to Rome. However, this was
the first time I had ever come without students or a group of adults I was
accompanying as a tour leader! My husband and I wanted to check out things
we hadn't seen and see what we would like to add new to our itinerary since
we are returning in 2003 with 24 students. Your play will be at the top of
the list! I know my students would truly appreciate it. You were really
funny, but also educational. Since they study ancient Roman history along
with Latin, they would know much of what you were talking about. A great way
to reinforce it!...Thanks for
keeping Rome's rich history alive! Valete, (Be well/good-bye in Latin)
- Your play has been really nice and fun to see. I really enjoyed very
much, you all are very good actors (I do the same job!)
and I found the ideas
and gags of the show really well-thought (is it right?!!). While I was
watching the Emperors, the way you acted reminded me the way I learned in my
acting school in Rome (Circo a vapore have you ever heard of it) so it was
very amusing for me to see you !!! And I was also proud of me because I
think I was one of the few not English watching and I understood almost
everything !!! I found very helpful for people like me the way you
underlined all you said with the body, so it was easiest for me to catch the
meaning even if I didn't know all the words. If I had to give a suggestion
to get your performance better, I would just say: if you could speak a little
bit slower, Italian and people not exactly from
England too may follow you
much more easily. For the rest KEEP DOING LIKE THIS !!! YOUR VERY NICE !!!
Very funny. Not ever being
too hot on history, particularly roman, I didn't guess what symbol went with
what Emperor, except the lyre, but I surprisingly guessed wrong. I thought
it was Berlusconi.
Was fantastic! Funny,
interesting & informative... keep up the good work! Was the highlight of our
I saw your show
gig. Thanks for educating my ignorance on that phase of Roman life.
got me "..................after 22 years of reign................." now even
the weather in Britain, as you intimate, is not that bad ! Just kidding.
Keep bobbing along,
We have been twice to
your show, last summer and last
27 2001. Good fun for all the
family, the adults enjoy it and the kids also.
Players, Thank you, thank you, thank you. In the summer I teach courses on
Roman literature at John Cabot University here in Rome. After seeing your
show last week I made sure to tell my students to go see it this Friday and
to tell their friends. Your writing is as good as your acting, and that
comment is intended as praise on both counts. "Don't Cry for Me, Agrippina"
remains my favorite line in the whole production.
It's simply great and
what a way to promote the culture of antiquity! I have been following you
since the History of Rome, brought my many visiting friends and children
along. The result has been invariably an incitement to discussions and
further reading, which is the best indicator showing that the goal of your
NGO is achieved. Beside that, your ability to create a refreshing and
pleasant atmosphere, combined with your professionalism, completes the
picture of the kind of show we would like to enjoy more often. So,
congratulations and keep on going strong! Cordially,
I like it very much and
could look at it thousand times !! You were great and I am happy I just was
in Rome, so I could see it ! Bye and good luck with "The Emperors of Rome" !
Thank you. Greetings from Heyken [V.] and family, from Belgium.
Highlight of our visit
Do you ever do
performances for schools in the States? Just curious -- you guys do a great
We really enjoyed the
performance. The actors were very good and very funny. The play was
educational and fun. It was nice to hear English spoken after two weeks of
just hearing Italian. It was so neat to see the history of Rome done right
in front of the ruins. Everyone in our group enjoyed it, and we would
recommend it to everyone going to Rome.
We were led to the
Emperors of Rome by the Rome Lonely Planet Guidebook (I was the one who held
up the book in the audience last week). Thanks for a humorous, educational
show against a spectacular sunlit, historical setting. In additional to your
acting talents, we were impressed by your ability to put this play on twice
a week without electronic amplification. How do you retain your vocal chords?
The Emperors of Rome
was fantastic! I spent 2.5 weeks in Europe on this trip & it was by far, my
favorite part of the entire trip!
I thought it was pretty good
actually, very informative and funny as well - which is always a good
balance to have. Thanks for an enjoyable evening!
Thank you for your e-mail. I enjoyed
the show last Friday very much indeed, it was most amusing. Unfortunately,
my visitors from the UK did not seem to enjoy it so much - but they had
just arrived in Rome after a week's work so they were probably tired! Of
course, you have to be very versatile covering so many different parts and
I found that you all succeeded extremely well. All the best for the
continuation of your show and thank you for your efforts.
|Great fun and very educative.|
Not only was the show very amusing,
but also historically accurate; I was inspired to look up the emperors in
the encyclopedia as soon as I got home & find out more about them. I look
forward to next year's production.
Hi guys, Back to work
today after two week vacation (one week in Rome). I was on hols with my
two kids 12 and 16, we all enjoyed you show very much - extremely funny,
brilliantly performed and also educational. The show, set with the
backdrop of the Roman Forum, was one of the highlights of our visit to
Rome. The Rome experience was altogether 'something else', very noisy and
very hot. The people were mostly okay if a little weary of tourists.
Anyway - nice to know that I am a member (not sure what that means) and I
look forward to catching another show sometime. If any of you are ever in
Cambridge, let me know and I will buy you a pint on the Cam. Thanks again.
We loved your show
and will send you a photo we took of the final one. Keep on enjoying this
great place and contributing to its cultural whatever.
What a fantastic
combination!- the forum, the ancient rulers and clever comedy. They should
teach history this way in our school system! The miracle players were
awesome- versatile, strong and sensitive to the audience. Hope we can
visit your production again sometime. Would love to see this feature more
widely publicized about Rome. We were fortunate that our tourguide told us
It was the first
evening of my holiday and it greatly helped the Forum to make sense! Apart
from which, it was fun! - not easy when dealing with such complex and
screwed up characters! Well done!
Thank you for your
message awaiting our return from Europe. I used to work in [...] before
moving to Thailand some years ago. My wife and I (Thai) thoroughly
enjoyed your presentation and certainly learnt more about Roman history. My
own view is that you might consider using videos of your presentations to
support teachers of history in schools - certainly students would take
more interest than usual in that aspect of their education! Good luck for
your future plays -I hope that my wife and I are fortunate enough to time
our next visit to Rome to coincide with your next presentation! Best
Loved the show! I've
attached some photo's I took and hope you can find use for them. If you're
ever in Brighton, give me a bell and we'll have a drink! Kindest,
I loved your show,
please keep me in touch with what you guys are up to. Come to Cambridge (UK).
I saw your show last
July and only now I have time to send you my impressions about it. I don't
speak English so well and I didn't understand the very everything, BUT I
really had fun and had a very nice early night with you! I hope we will
meet next year maybe talking about the Flavian Family (that my name comes
from!!) Thank you Guys!!
Our family was
fortunate to have a local host who took us to your show in July. Jennifer
and Scott (12 and 14) told us it was one of the highlights of our three
weeks in Italy. (That is pretty
significant since they like the beach and video games more than life
itself). And we spent two weeks on the beach with video games.
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