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The Emperor's Babe

A sparkling mash-up of culture and history, set in Roman London.

Zuleika, a stunningly beautiful girl of Sudanese heritage, is neglected by her parents and left till now to run wild in the city's streets.

Bernardine Evaristo's strikingly original and evocative story of Zuleika's short but colourful life is dramatised by Jonathan Holloway. Starring Michelle Asante (fresh from lead role in 'Feast' at the Young Vic) as Zuleika and Olivier-nominated Paul Chahidi as her husband Felix.

In 2013, Zuleika would be scouted to model for Prada or Burberry. In AD 211, Zuleika's prospects are much more brutal.

Dramatised from Bernardine Evaristo's novel by Jonathan Holloway.

'London Calling' arranged and performed by Cousin Dim, featuring vocals by Holly Hockaday.

Director...Mary Ward-Lowery.

Release date:

45 minutes

Last on

Thu 23 May 2013 14:15


Role Contributor
ZuleikaMichelle Asante
FelixPaul Chahidi
AlbaAlex Tregear
ValeriaHannah Wood
TranioRick Warden
SeverusTerence Anderson
DirectorMary Ward-Lowery
AdaptorJonathan Holloway
WriterBernardine Evaristo