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The Royale Hits the Ring at Lincoln Center

Montego Glover, Clarke Peters, and more star in Marco Ramirez's play, based on the life of heavyweight champion Jack Johnson.

Clarke Peters and Khris Davis in a scene from The Royale.
(© T. Charles Erickson)

Marco Ramirez's new play The Royale is now in performances at Lincoln Center's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, preparing for its official March 7 opening.

Directed by Rachel Chavkin, the cast includes Tony nominee Montego Glover (It Shoulda Been You) and Tony-nominated book writer Clarke Peters (Five Guys Named Moe) as well as McKinley Belcher III, Khris Davis, and John Lavelle.

McKinley Belcher III, John Lavelle, Clarke Peters, and Khris Davis share the stage.
(© T. Charles Erickson)

Loosely based on the real-life experiences of Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight world champion, The Royale tells the fictional story of Jay "The Sport" Johnson (Davis). In the play, it's 1905 and as Johnson faces his opponents – and confronts his demons – he exposes the troublesome events in his life that have propelled him into the ring.

Montego Glover joins Davis at the Mitzi Newhouse.
(© T. Charles Erickson)

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