The Royale

The Royale Tickets

The Tabernacle
West End

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.”

Written by award-winning American writer Marco Ramirez (Sons of Anarchy, Orange is the New Black), The Royale returns following a sell-out run at the Bush in spring 2015.


Book your The Royale tickets, playing at The Tabernacle Theatre today.

The Royale Synopsis: 

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. Despite Johnson being one of the greatest fighters who had ever lived, one newspaper wrote at the time of his first title fight: "If the black man wins, thousands and thousands of his ignorant brothers will misinterpret his victory as justifying claims to much more than mere physical equality with their white neighbors."

Age Restrictions: 
Suitable 14+
Marco Ramirez
Bush Theatre
Madani Younis
Jaimie Todd
Cast list: 
Nicholas Pinnock (Jay Jackson), Jude Akuwidike, Franc Ashman and Martins Imhangb, Patrick Drury
The Royale Schedule
Previews from: 
Thursday, 3 November, 2016
Opening date: 
Saturday, 8 October, 2016
Booking to: 
Saturday, 26 November, 2016
Saturday, 26 November, 2016
35 Powis Square, London, W11 2AY
Nearest tube:
Ladbroke Grove

Latest The Royale News & Features

The Royale
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Full cast announced for The Royale at the Bush Theatre

Full casting has now been announced for the Bush Theatre's upcoming production of The Royale at the Tabernacle, Notting Hill which runs from 3 - 26 November 2016 with an official opening on 8 November 2016.

Patrick Drury joins the previously announced cast as Max. He will join Jude Akuwudike, Franc Ashman, Martins Imhangbe and Nicholas Pinnock, who plays Jay ‘The Sport’ Jackson – the first black heavyweight boxing champion of the world.

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