The Royale is loosely based on the true story of the first black heavyweight champion Jack Johnson, with Nicholas Pinnock assuming the lead role
Also joining the cast will be Frances Ashman and Clint Dyer. The Royale has been written by Marco Ramirez (Orange Is The New Black) and is directed by Madani Younis (Bush Theatre).
The Royale explores the transcendence of sporting heroes as cultural icons. The production is set in 1905 during the racially segregated world of boxing, where Jay ‘The Sport’ Jackson dreams of becoming the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
Madani Younis commented: “I am delighted to bring The Royale to UK audiences, an ambitious play from a new and (as yet) unheard American voice. I am fascinated by the tale of a sporting hero who transcends his industry and becomes a major symbol in wider culture.
“I think the play will really speak to a British audience where we think of today’s cultural heroes and the responsibilities that are thrust upon them by society.” For more information visit www.bushtheatre.co.uk or call 020 8743 5050.