Nicholas is currently treading the boards and taking punches in the ring for The Royale, currently on at the Bush Theatre in Shepherd’s Bush. The play is written by Marco Ramirez and directed by Madani Younis, the theatre’s artistic director. The play is on until 18th April and previews started on Friday 13 March. Some reviews are already in…
“Madani Younis’s production – the best he has done at the Bush – faithfully follows Ramirez’s stage directions, and evokes the world of the slugfest with a bare boxing-ring stage, rhythmic pounding and quasi-balletic movement.”
“Nicholas Pinnock captures perfectly Jackson’s mix of physical self-assurance and consciousness of the heavy burden he carries as an African-American hero…”
“Bam! ‘The Royale’ is a real knockout, a relentlessly gripping boxing drama that sees Bush Theatre boss Madani Younis really flex his directorial muscles.”
“With the excellent – funny, moody, menacing, stacked – Pinnock at the centre of it, ‘The Royale’ unfolds like a dreamy dance.”
“Nicholas Pinnock as Jackson moves around the stage with a balletic grace and physical confidence that never makes you doubt that you’re in the presence of a champion, and he spits Ramirez’s short, sharp dialogue with a curtness that is emotionally piercing.”
“Ramirez’s play is an elegant evocation of its time, but it’s also a piece of writing with long arms, it touches so much – what it means to be visible, what it continues to mean – and Younis’ production is a thing of strength, atmospheric and very well-choreographed, finding a workable visual language for the boxing scenes. Nicholas Pinnock is impressive in his physicality as Jackson…”
Get your tickets from the Bush Theatre by calling 020 8743 5050 or visiting www.bushtheatre.co.uk.