Directed by Madani Younis and written by award-winning American writer Marco Ramirez (Sons of Anarchy, Orange is the New Black), The Royale returns following the UK premiere and sell-out run in spring 2015 starring Nicholas Pinnock.
Through the sights and sounds of the early 20th century boxing circuit, The Royale examines society’s relationship with our present-day cultural heroes and the responsibilities that are thrust upon them when they find themselves outside of the ropes.
The Royale is loosely based on the real-life story of Jack Johnson, whose story is one of great talent and triumph, but also racism and injustice.
The Bush Theatre production of The Royale runs from 3 November 2016 until 26 November 2016 at The Tabernacle in Notting Hill.
Jay ‘The Sport’ Jackson dreams of being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. But it’s 1905 and, in the racially segregated world of boxing, his chances are as good as knocked out.
Told in six rounds and set in a boxing ring, The Royale is inspired by the often overlooked story of Jack Johnson, a boxer who – at the height of the Jim Crow era – became the most famous and the most notorious black man on Earth.
“Ain’t about bein’ no Heavyweight Champion of the White World. It’s about bein’ Champion, period.”
Nicholas Pinnock (ITV’s Marcella, Sky’s Fortitude) will lead the cast as Jay ‘The Sport’ Jackson alongside Jude Akuwudike (Othello, Hamlet, Moon on a Rainbow Shawl) who will play boxing trainer Wynton, Franc Ashman (Peep Show, Tennison, DCI Banks) will play Jackson’s sister Nina and Martins Imhangbe (Lionboy, Das Ding) will play Jackson’s sparring partner Fish.
Directed by Madani Younis, written by Marco Ramirez.