Byzantium by Robin Brooks: the true story of the Empress Zoe and her desperate struggle to stay on the throne of the Byzantine Empire, in a vortex of sexual and political intrigue.
By Robin Brooks
Poison, intrigue, rebellion, torture, eunuch armies, black magic, political and sexual intrigue: this fast-moving historical epic tells the story of the Empress Zoe. Soft-hearted and politically naive, she nevertheless has the strongest claim to the throne of Constantinople, and lives for several eventful decades at the centre of vicious power struggles for control of the Byzantine Empire. It is a true story, based on contemporary histories of the 11th Century.
Empress Zoe ..... Catherine Shepherd
Psellus ..... Adrian Scarborough
Constans/Nicholas ..... Julian Wadham
Romanus ..... Raad Rawi
John, the Orphan Master ..... Jasper Britton
Michael ..... Alex Waldmann
Justin ..... Noof McEwan
Abbess/Witch ..... Gilian Cally
Alexios, the Patriarch ..... Sagar Arya
Theodora/Wife ..... Rose Reade
Other parts played by members of the company.
Producer/Director, Fiona McAlpine
Sound Design, Lucinda Mason Brown
An Allegra Production for BBC Radio 3.
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