For years, Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament has been an entertainment staple in cities like Buena Park, Orlando, Chicago...the list goes on and on. If you've ever wondered what it would be like to eat a meal while transported back to...yes, you guessed it...medieval times, then this is the place for you. Another staple of the event is the fact that for the last 35 years, the head of the dinner theatre show has always been a king. All that's changing, because it's 2018 and really this should've happened a long time ago.
Last month, Medieval Times in Schaumburg revealed the head of the show as Queen Dona Maria Isabella.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Leigh Cordner (the director of the show), spent over a year on the new script of the show. The update will be rolled out at all of the locations across the US and Canada.
And it's about dang time!
Cordner has performed in all of the male roles (including playing the king for 20 years), and wanted to steer away from the storylines of women having to marry for power. He wanted to show that women can be powerful on their own, and not need validation through the male parts in the show.
Cordner explained that the audience has been asking for women in the main role for years.
Because…duh! Women can do it all, and it’s shocking that it’s taken this long for the queen to be the head of the show.
But hey…better late than never.
The show is no joke.
The actors in the roles trained intensely. The performers playing the queens had to spend two months learning how to ride Andalusian horses.
When the queen entered the arena for the first time, the crowd went wild.
“I like the queen better,” said 12-year-old Jayden Enas, who saw the show. “A queen can do the same thing a king can do.”
So what happens in the show?