Tournament of Kings Las Vegas
King Arthur's Arena
Excalibur Las Vegas
3850 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
You don't have to be a Renaissance show type person to enjoy the Excalibur Tournament of Kings show, and it's one of the best things to do in Vegas if you're traveling with kids. Featuring a healthy dose of stately dialogue, medieval pageantry, jousting matches, dragon fighting and sexy maidens, the Tournament of Kings Las Vegas is one of the most fun shows on the Strip. For a reasonable price, whole families can get a seat in the giant circular theater and enjoy the dinner show, which begins with trumpets and fanfare that announces the presence of King Arthur and a collection of his Kings. The story has the great rulers of Europe gathering to celebrate the return of Arthur's son and challenge each other's wits and might in contests such as horse racing, jousting and gladiator-style battles. There's always a troublemaker, though, and in the Excalibur Tournament of Kings, it's the Dragon King (BOOO!!!). Nonetheless, the crowd is dutifully split into eighths, with each section of the stands instructed to cheer for one of the eight fighters. Amidst the revelry, one of the kings is murdered by the evil wizard Mordred, setting another series of battles into place, as the remaining kings attempt to avenge their fallen comrade in a climactic and pyrotechnic-intensive final battle.
The Excalibur Tournament of Kings not only has the rollicking entertainment, but features a meal made up of "Dragon's Blood" and Cornish Game Hen, served in the traditional medieval manner - sans silverware. The food is more than adequate, and the dinner theater is amongst one of the best values of any show in Vegas (which should come as no surprise, being staged in one of the cheaper hotels on the strip). For anyone who enjoys the spontaneity of shows based on audience participation, the Excalibur Tournament of Kings show is for you: no two shows are exactly alike, so you never know which of the Kings will prevail. And the crowd is usually the definition of vociferous, cheering their king and goading their enemies with the lustiness of crazed soccer hooligans.
One of the longest running shows in the city, the Tournament of Kings Las Vegas features costumes designed by Michel Fresnay, whose resume includes a nomination for a best-costume Emmy in 1989 for "Napoleon and Josephine." The show features a rotating cast, each quite skilled in horsemanship and swordplay. The Tournament of Kings Las Vegas dinner show runs Friday-Sunday at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., Monday and Wednesday at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m. There are no shows on Tuesday, so be patient.
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