Cast Announcement for… The Royale at the Bush Theatre

The Bush Theatre’s hit production will return following a successful run in 2015 and will see Nicholas Pinnock reprise his role as Jay ‘The Sport’ Jackson. 

This revival of award-winning American writer Marco Ramirez’s play returns to the venue from the 3rd to the 26th November 2016.

The new run of the play, directed by Madani Younis, will see Nicholas Pinnock reprise his role as Jay Jackson; the first African-American heavyweight champion of the world, with further casting yet to be announced.

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.

The Royale is loosely based on the real life story of Jack Johnson, whose life and career was filled with talent but also racism and injustice. This play examines society’s relationships with present day heroes and the responsibilities that are thrust upon them when they find themselves outside of the ropes.

This production will be revived at the The Tabernacle as the Bush Theatre undergoes a major redevelopment of its building. It is a venue with many different purposes such as being a former church, community centre and more recently, a training centre for young boxers – which continues to host amateur boxing matches to this day.

Nicholas Pinnock is a British theatre, television and film actor who has recently appeared in programmes such as ITV’s Marcella and Sky’sFortitude. He has also appeared in Channel 4′s award-winning drama, Top Boy, he played Dr Evan Farleigh in ITV’s The Ice Cream Girls and starred in the sequel to Monsters, in Monsters: Dark Continent.

The Royale will appear at The Tabernacle as part of the Bush Theatre’s theatre programme from the 3rd to the 26th November. For more information and to book tickets visit:


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