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The Royale celebrates Black History Month with an inspiring, true-life story

Black History Month is a chance for everyone to learn more: this offering from The Citadel depicts the real-life story of Jay Jackson, who became the first Black heavyweight champion boxer in the early 1900s.

 Inspired by the real-life story of a Black boxer who became the Heavyweight Champion of the world, The Royale opens this week at The Citadel Theatre.

The Royale follows Jay “The Sport” Jackson in the fight of his life. It is 1905, where U.S segregation laws create a divide among the people. Jay Jackson wants the heavyweight champion title but there is more at stake. Family conflict and the repercussions if he wins are all on the line as Jackson struggles to come to terms with the true impact of his fight and the violence it might incite. 

The Royale cast features Austin Eckert as Jay, Mohamed Ahmed as Fish, Jameela McNeil as Nina, Troy O'Donnell as Max and Alexander Thomas as Wynton.

The Royale is a thrilling and thought-provoking reflection on the history of racism in the United States and one man’s struggle for recognition--the perfect show to take in during Black History Month, whether you're a sports fan, history buff or just want to enjoy an entertaining show.

The Royale is written by Marco Ramirez, a t.v. writer and producer who has been nominated for the Writers Guild of America and Emmy Awards for Sons of Anarchy, Orange Is the New Black, Fear the Walking Dead, The Defenders, and Daredevil. 

The Royale is directed by award-winner André Sills, whose work includes Best Actor nods for Master Harold...and The Boys (The Shaw Festival).

The Royale plays in the Maclab Theatre through Feb. 19, 2023. Tickets are available through the Box Office at 780.425.1820 or


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