On The Ropes


Uplifting new musical drama ON THE ROPES is coming to Park Theatre for a limited run this winter!

I see a boy with a glittering future in the game, ‘cos you’ve got class, real class

Pulsating with the rhythmic energies of blues, reggae and boxing, ON THE ROPES tells the extraordinary story of Vernon Vanriel who arrived in Britain aged 6 with his family as part of the Windrush Generation, and rose to prominence as one of the most charismatic and influential Black British boxers of the 70s and 80s.

ON THE ROPES richly fuses live music, poetry and the duck and weave of the boxing ring into a contemporary drama, that is ultimately a celebration of how courage, dignity and a fighting spirit can triumph over prejudice and injustice.

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What is On The Ropes about?

In 2005, having lived in North London for 43 years, Vernon found himself trapped in Jamaica; homeless, penniless and denied access to medical care for a heart condition. What followed was a bare-knuckle fight for his right to citizenship with the British Home Office.

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Running Time

2 hours 20 minutes, including interval.

Cast & Creatives


Age Guidance: 12+

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Park Theatre

Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, London N4 3JP

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