This is the first completely new show since 2007. This live performance has been two years in the making and features even more action-packed entertainment and a re-imagined 4-course feast fit for a king! While the new show has undergone a complete overhaul, some traditions remain. The live show still features two- and four-legged performers with a true medieval utensil-free meal, all in a recently updated, castle-inspired arena. However, the new live production presents even more of audience favorites such as live jousting, swordplay, horsemanship and falconry. Guests become part of the action, filling arena seats and cheering for one of six "Knights of the Realm," named after historic regions of medieval Spain.
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After the opening, guests will witness intricate battles that are in reality precisely planned sequences which have been practiced daily. Director of stunt choreography Tim Baker began developing the fight sequences shortly after Cordner started writing the new script.
With authentic weaponry and enhanced armor, the new production presents non-stop action tied to the tempo of the music. And while there's still a general theme of "good versus evil" throughout the show, guests will see much more of what they've requested-- fights scenes that maintain the highest quality and safety standards.
While almost all of the royal subjects at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament stand on their own two feet, the most celebrated members of the Kingdom are best known for their trot, gallop and canter. "Audiences will witness authentic jousting and equine presentations that would not be possible without four special breeds of horses," said Victor de Lara, a veteran horse trainer at Medieval Times.
Spanish Andalusian stallions, Quarter Horses, Friesians and Menorcan-- from the Mediterranean island for which it is named-- complete the mix of horses at the Chicago Castle and at each of the eight other North American Castles. For the new production, de Lara and Baker worked with all of the horses and Knights to incorporate authentic dressage elements.
"Each horse is unique," said de Lara. "Like any of the actors and actresses in our show, each horse has its own personality, so with our new production, we started the training process several months in advance to develop new routines that are friendly for the horses, their riders and especially the audience."
When audiences experience the new show debuting on Wednesday, March 21 at Medieval Times, they may sense a familiar note behind every clash of swords. For the third time, award-winning IMAX and feature film score composer Daniel May provides all of the dramatic musical elements that complete the Castle experience.
"Creating music to build the best possible 11th Century experience provides many challenges, but the reward comes in knowing that millions of people will hear my creation over the next few years," said May.
For the new Medieval Times show, May began arranging compositions for scenes as early as fall 2010. Armed with information such as show concepts, early drafts of scripts and videos, May set out to create a strong and commanding musical score that would once again garner favorable responses from guests.
Highly acclaimed musicians in Kiev, Ukraine recorded the new score in one day. According to May, "The vibe of the city is classic medieval with a strong artistic soul. It was the ideal location and group of musicians to ensure the score was a perfect match for Leigh's script."
Guests will even enjoy an upgraded menu for the utensil free meal during the new show. The menu includes:
- Tomato Bisque
- Focaccia Bread with Olive Oil and Seasoning
- Oven Roasted Chicken
- Larger BBQ Spare Rib
- Herb-Basted Potato Split into Two Quarters
- Braided Apple Strudel
- Larger Beverage Servings that include ice tea, soda and coffee
Note: a new vegetarian meal is also available upon request