ON THE ROPES eligible for WhatsOnStage Awards 2024

November 21, 2023
Nomintations for the WhatsOnStage Awards 2024 close on Thursday. Vote now for ON THE ROPES, co-produced by The Production Exchange & Park Theatre.

The WhatsOnStage Awards are the only major theatre awards nominated and voted for by the public. Each year thousands of theatregoers up and down the country decide their favourite performers and shows across a range of categories.

Pulsating with the rhythmic energies of blues, reggae and boxing, On the Ropes is an uplifting musical drama telling the extraordinary story of Vernon Vanriel who arrived in the UK 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.  

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.

Developed by The Production Exchange, On the Ropes was directed by Anastasia Osei-Kuffour, and co-written by Dougie Blaxland - both TPE clients.

On The Ropes is eligible for Best New Play, Best Performer in a Play (Mensah Bediako), and Best Supporting Performer in a Play (Amber James & Ashley D Gayle).

To cast your vote, click here.