The Royale

by Marco Ramirez
Sold out
At The Tabernacle

The 2015 knock out hit returns!

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 in spring 2015.

The running time of The Royale is 90 minutes (no interval).


The Tabernacle is a grade-II listed former church in Notting Hill. It has lived through the many changing faces of west London, from slum empire to swinging sixties hang-out and the birth of Notting Hill Carnival. In 1973 the Tabernacle was opened as a community centre and soon became the focal point of the local black community. In the ‘90s, the North Kensington Sports Academy trained young boxers at the Tabernacle, and the building continues to host amateur boxing matches today.


Download a cross-curricular Education Pack for historical context, classroom activities and interviews with creatives.

For audiences joining us for the audio described performance on Sat 19 Nov, 2.30pm there are pre-show notes available to listen to here.

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"Madani Younis’s [2015] Bush production is stunningly choreographed and musically percussive with an outstanding cast and design team."
The Times
Nicholas Pinnock is "excellent – funny, moody, menacing, *stacked *."
Time Out
"Rousing and resonant theatre-making."
The Stage
"Ramirez offers a stirringly expressionist vision of the boxing world."
The Guardian

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Patrick Drury
Patrick plays Max. Patrick’s theatre credits include Widower's Houses (Orange Tree Theatre), Ghosts (Rose Theatre/Tour), Strange Interlude (National Theatre), 27 (National Theatre of Scotland), Democracy (Sheffield Crucible), Democracy (Old Vic Theatre), and Concerning Faith (66 Books, Bush Theatre). Television includes Ripper Street (Tiger Aspect) and The Crown (Left Bank Pictures/Netflix).
Jude Akuwudike
Jude Akuwudike plays Wynton. Jude’s recent theatre credits include The Crucible (Bristol Old Vic), Hamlet Asylum Seeker (Talawa/BandBazi), Othello (Actors From The London Stage/USA Tour/Cockpit Theatre, London), Ignorance (Hampstead Theatre), Moon On A Rainbow Shawl (National Theatre), The Faith Machine (Royal Court). TV and film credits include Friday Night Dinner (Channel 4), Lucky Man (Sky1), Cucumber (Channel 4), Holby City, Undercover, Moses Jones (all BBC), Beasts of No Nation (dir. Cary Fukunaga) and The Tempest (dir. Julie Taymor).
Franc Ashman
Franc Ashman returns to the Bush Theatre to play Nina in The Royale following her barn-storming performance in the same role in our 2015 production. She has also previously appeared at the Bush in Perseverance Drive. Franc boasts an impressive list of theatre credits having performed extensively for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Out of Joint under the direction of Max Stafford-Clark and the National Theatre. Recent screen credits include Wagstaffe, Tennison, DCI Banks and Apple Tree Yard. She played Molly in the latest series of Peep Show for Channel 4.
Martins Imhangbe
Martins Imhangbe plays David. He has previously appeared in the Bush Theatre production of The Royale. Previous theatre includes Absolute Hell (National Theatre), Barbershop Chronicles (National Theatre), Luce (Southwark Playhouse), Octagon (Arcola Theatre), The Skriker (The Royal Exchange Theatre)Lionboy (Complicite) , Das Ding (New Diorama)Romeo and Juliet (Orange Tree Theatre), Cinderella: A Fairytale (Unicorn Theatre),  A Human Being Died That Night (Hampstead Theatre)Sold at the Edinburgh Fringe, which won the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award, and What Does it Take. Martins trained at Central School of Speech and Drama.
Nicholas Pinnock
Nicholas Pinnock is a British theatre, television and film actor that has appeared in programmes such as the Channel 4′s award-winning drama, Top Boy. Most recently he was seen in the role of Dr Evan Farleigh in ITV’s The Ice Cream Girls. Later this month will see Nicholas star in one of the lead roles in Sky’s upcoming show Fortitude, alongside Stanley Tucci, Sofie Grabol, Christopher Eccleston and Michael Gambon and February will see Nicholas star in the sequel to Monsters, in Monsters: Dark Continent.

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