‘Medieval Times’ Is Replacing Their Kings With Queens in the Name of Gender Equality

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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.

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.

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.

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 actors in the roles trained intensely. The performers playing the queens had to spend two months learning how to ride Andalusian horses.

“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?

During the performance, the queen is challenged by the knights but she doesn’t back down. In fact, she reminds them who is in charge and stands up for herself.

“It’s always important to give little girls a positive role model,” O’Donnell told the Chicago Tribune. “It is so important to give them a strong woman to look up to.”

“I applied to be a knight around 15 years ago and was actually laughed at,” she wrote on Twitter. “Next up- ladies with swords!”

The idea of a woman playing the queen and lead role in the show might’ve seemed impossible ten or fifteen years ago, but things are changing. And it’s inspiring and encouraging to see the change actually happen, instead of just talked about.

It shows them that they can. It’s a step in the right direction, and after the year we’ve all had, it’s a good and tangible thing we can all hold onto. Now who wants to take a trip to Medieval Times?!