Booking to 29 October 2023
★★★★ “A knockout” – The Times
Extraordinary immersive experience, re-imaging the iconic flight between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali for the Heavyweight Championship of the World
Part theatre show, part festival, Rumble in the Jungle Rematch re-imagines history’s greatest sporting moments as incredible immersive events.
Travel back in time to Zaire’74, and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, scent, spectacle and sweet, sweet soul music of a forgotten Festival and an unforgettable Fight.
Rumble in the Jungle Rematch is an experience in six incredible chapters:
Chapter 1: Time Travel
Step inside the Rematch time portal and into 1974 Zaire where border security have been told to expect your arrival in Kinshasa.
Chapter 2: Kinshasa, Zaire and the Fight
Explore Kinshasa, Zaire 1974; gather for the fighters’ press conference, visit the boxers’ training camps and immerse yourself in the build up to this historical moment. Or take it easy at the bar, grab a bite of Congolese street food and drink in your new surroundings with a local beverage.
Chapter 3: The Festival
The authentic rhythms of Afrobeat, Soul, Salsa and beyond! To keep the fight hype high a festival was staged celebrating the best from American, African and Latin music – a live band awaits you to celebrate this forgotten festival.
Chapter 4: The Interval
A break from the fever inside the Stade du 20 Mai; have a drink and grab yourself some of the Congolese street food from the market or some American classics from the Intercontinental Hotel.
Chapter 5: The Fight
Chapter 5: The big, bad, indestructible George Foreman v the once-great, now-underdog and always mercurial Muhammad Ali for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. A combination of precision choreography, physical theatre, video projections and original music will immerse the audience in this iconic, dramatic and timeless bout.
Chapter 6: Back to 2023
The party’s far from over! Songs from the biggest global acts in black music, including the Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown, will finish up your stay in Africa and accompany you on your return journey to 2023.
The show will be Rematch’s first post-pandemic production, following on from their award-winning ‘Wimbledon Rematch 1980’ event in 2019. That event celebrated another of sport’s ace moments, by re-imagining Björn Borg’s epic clash with John McEnroe, and was recognised by the Campaign Experience Awards 2020, serving up Gold for Creative Event of the Year.
Rumble in the Jungle Rematch is running at Dock X London from 14 September to 29 October 2023.
Who is in the cast of Rumble in the Jungle Rematch?
Sharing the role of Muhammad Ali are Akil Young (Standing at the Sky’s Edge) and Kimane Juneau; Alexander Ajuwon (Drug Lord) and Joshua C. Jackson (Black Mirror, Avenue 5); Don King is played by Elliot Rodriguez; Guy Kelton-Jones as James Brown; Anelisa Lamola as Miriam Makeba; Juanita Euka as Celia Cruz.
The full cast including actors and musicians includes: Akil Young as Muhammad Ali/Duane Charles; Kimane Juneau as Muhammad Ali/Duane Charles; Alexander Ajuwon as George Foreman/Joe Frazier; Joshua C Jackson as George Foreman/Joe Frazier; Safi-Veliora Omar as Promesse Kabamba; Nathan Bartman as Evangelos Mboyo; Oluwatosin Omotosho as Malaika Tshibola; Jacie Kibuka as Constance Nzuzi; Elliot Rodriguez as Don King; Max Krupski as Stewart Levine/Angelo Dundee; Anelisa Lamola as Miriam Makeba; Juanita Euka as Celia Cruz; Guy Kelton-Jones as James Brown; Michael Bunga as Alain ‘Alo’ Kabamba/President Mobutu; Randall Alleyne as Bundini Brown; McCallam Connell as Dick Sadler; Kossim Osseni as Sese; Terence Nzaji-Egnie as Mumba/Zac Clayton; Tim O’Hara as David Frost; Vivien-Chrys Samba as Pierre Ngalamulume; Eden Dominique as Josslyn Carter; Rick Leon James as Musician, Percussion (MD); Ezekiel Adje as Musician, Bass; Laura Impallomeni as Musician, Trombone; and Chuks Chiejine as Musician, Guitar.
Who are the creative team of Rumble in the Jungle Rematch?
Creative Director Miguel H Torres (Secret Cinema), Writer Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu (For Black Boys…), Music Director Femi Temowo
Malu Ansaldo (Creative Producer); Takis (Set Designer); Alex Payne (Fight Director); Joseph Toonga (Movement Director & Choreographer); Ian William Galloway (Video Design); Salvador Bettencourt Ávila (Video Design); Xana (Sound Designer); Matt Daw (Light Designer); Jessica Cabassa (Costume Designer); Selma Nicholls (Casting Director); and Kate Waters (Development Fight Director).
Reviews of Rumble in the Jungle Rematch★★★★ "This Ali and Foreman show is a knockout" - Times
★★★★ "This thoroughly fun production... a startling recreation" - Telegraph
Matinees: Saturday, Sunday
Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
Venue InformationDock X, Surrey Quays Road, London, SE16 2XU
Nearest Tube or Train: Canada Water
Nearest Buses: 1, 47, 188, 199, 225, 381, P12
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