The Royale


In 1905, Jay “The Sport” Jackson dreams of becoming the first African American boxer to fight for the heavyweight championship. Despite racking up a string of vicious knockouts, racial segregation and his white manager’s own reservations stand in the way. Inspired by the true story of Jack Johnson, The Royale breaks new ground by taking us inside the fighter’s mind where the disciplined brutality of boxing reveals itself in theatrically-unforgettable bouts. At stake is more than wins or losses, but equality and survival.

The Royale boldly takes on and reorients a familiar genre and a familiar tale… which has been given such original and graceful theatrical form.” - The New York Times 

A co-production with 1st Stage in Tyson’s Corner

Presented by Olney Theatre Center

Show Type
Running Time
120 minutes
(1 Intermission)
Appropriate For 16+ Price Ranges
$42 - $74

Discount Tickets Available Discounts available for seniors, children, students, and military

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Box Office Phone: 301-924-3400

Schedule Open/Close Dates: 09/25/2019 - 10/27/2019
Sunday 01:45pm--
Monday ---
Tuesday ---
Wednesday 07:45pm--
Thursday 07:45pm--
Friday 07:45pm--
Saturday 01:45pm07:45pm-
Important Dates

Special Performances

  • 10/02/2019 - 1:45pm

Dark Days

  • 09/28/2019 - 2:00pm

Sold Out Performances

  • 09/28/2019 - 7:45pm


  • 10/17/2019 - 7:45pm


  • 10/09/2019 - 7:45pm
Performer Role
Chris Genebach Max
Clayton Pelham, Jr Fish
Lolita Marie Nina
Jaysen Wright Jay
James Frisby Wynton
Production Personnel
Marco Ramirez
Paige Hernandez
Costume Designer
Debra Kim Sivigny
Set Designer
Debra Kim Sivigny
Sound Designer
Kenny Neal
Lighting Designer
Sarah Tundermann
Projections/Media Designer
Kelly Colburn
Fight Choreographer: Cliff Williams III
Wig and Hair Consultant: Ali Pohanka


Olney Theatre Center
2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, MD 20832
About the Venue:
Olney Theatre Center is a 80-year-old professional, award-winning, nonprofit Equity theater whose mission is to inspire and nurture artists, students, technicians, administrators, and its audience members through its diverse array of theatrical and musical productions year-round.


  • Free onsite parking


  • This venue is wheelchair accessible.
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