Last weekend to catch Soulpepper's The Royale

Amazing cast, compelling tale a powerful one-two punch


Published:

Dion Johnstone (l) and Alexander Thomas star in The Royale

The Royale, on now at Soulpepper until Nov. 11, is a story told in a boxing ring over six rounds. And it is stunning. 

You may know little about the historic tale of world heavyweight champion Jack Johnson, upon whom the story is based, and won’t know all that much more after seeing it. But the issues are so real and relevant and the characters so engaging and powerful that it hardly matters.

The play, written by Marco Ramirez of Orange Is the New Black acclaim, tells of the costs of making history. 

Here, a black boxing champion rises up to yet unknown heights of fame to challenge the white champion in the Jim Crow era. But what is the fight really about and what are the true costs of victory?

The play is wonderful. Each and every actor just fully embraces the character to provide incredible performances.

The star of the show, Dion Johnstone, is triumphant as Johnson, with both raw power and emotional depth. Alongside him is Alexander Thomas who offers up a moving portrayal of Johnson’s trainer Wynton. 

That’s why we go to the theatre, now isn’t it? For moments such as these. 

Catch this production before it closes.

Edit Module

Join the conversation and have your say by commenting below. Our comment system uses a Facebook plugin. Please note that you'll have to turn off some ad-blockers in order to see the comments.

Edit Module

Follow us on Twitter @PostCity for more on what to eat, where to shop and what to do in Toronto.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

You may also like...

Achieve holiday harmony with or without family

Achieve holiday harmony with or without family

Local residents share tips for a stressless season, from skipping gifts to getting away
Posted 3 hours ago
Should Canada leave 173 billion barrels of oil in the ground?

Should Canada leave 173 billion barrels of oil in the ground?

It’s time our governments started representing the interests of citizens over those of the fossil fuel industry
Posted 3 hours ago
T.O.'s Most Inspirational Women: Jessica Mulroney

T.O.'s Most Inspirational Women: Jessica Mulroney

A look at 12 incredible Torontonians who conquered 2018 by making a difference through their work and inspiring people all across our city and country
Posted 4 days ago
City supports Rosedale home demo

City supports Rosedale home demo

The future of a controversial development application to demolish a heritage property in order to build a modern condo building at the site of 5, 7 and 9 Dale Ave., in the South Rosedale Heritage Conservation District, is closer to being decided.
Posted 5 days ago
Edit Module
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleEdit Module