Tournament of Kings
At a Glance
What is it?
A dinner-theater style show featuring horses, knights, fair maidens, jousting, and a decent dinner.
Where is it?
In an arena style theater at Excalibur on the South Strip.
Is it worth the cost?
If you are a fan of this type of show, then yes. Everyone else will probably be bored and/or giggling.
Why should I see this show?
Because the idea of fake jousting is exciting to you.
What else do I need to know?
The dinner served is not exactly gourmet quality but it isn’t bad.
What’s the bottom line?
This is one of the few show options in town that is good for families with kids.
If a medieval dinner theater, complete with costumed serving wenches, a joust, and food eaten with your hands sounds like a fun night out, you can’t do any better than Tournament of Kings at Excalibur. The production values, performances, and food are all better than what you’d find at that national chain that does pretty much the same thing.
Elevated tables ring a small-stadium sized performance area where kings, knights on horseback, ladies fair, court jesters, and wizards all wage a battle between good an evil. You’re assigned a side to root for and audience participation is strongly, almost tirelessly, encouraged. It’s all heavily scripted and the outcome is not left to chance, but the enthusiasm of both the actors and the crowd (if they’re so inclined) can be infectious.
This is a great show for kids, although teenagers will probably be too cynical for the festivities. Adult fans of the genre should have a great time.
But be warned: if the thought of this type of entertainment makes you roll your eyes, this production isn’t going to change your mind, no matter how well they do it.