The Royale

Previews Wednesday and Jan. 11, opens Jan. 12 and runs through Feb. 11; showtimes are 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 5 and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays; Discounted previews Wednesday and Jan. 11, for $18 and $15 for youths, Hippodrome Theatre, 25 SE Second Place. Tickets: $37, $25 for adults under 30 and seniors, and $15 for youths. (375-4477, This play penned by Marco Ramirez, showrunner for Marvel’s “Daredevil,” is set in 1905 amid the Jim Crow-era and tells the a story based on the life of Jack Johnson, the first African-American World Heavyweight champion.

The Hippodrome Theatre 

proudly presents


by Marco Ramirez

On stage now through February 11 with 8 shows a week!

The Hippodrome Theatre proudly presents “The Royale” by Marco Ramirez, a New York Times Critics’ Pick inspired by the real-life story of Jack Johnson, the first African-American World Heavyweight Champion.

Determined. Brave. Fierce. Loyal. Jay “The Sport” Jackson embodies every characteristic that defines a hero. He trail-blazed across the nation, rising from poverty in the Jim Crow South to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

“The Royale” brings breathtaking focus to a pivotal moment in sports history – but it is Jackson’s sheer force of will and unrelenting belief in himself that will leave you breathless.