The room darkens as the arena fills with fog. From the fog, a magnificent white Andalusian stallion emerges riderless. Without human guidance this Liberty Horse does a beautiful, yet complex routine; the beginning of a memorable and exciting evening at Medieval Times.
A Bygone Era
During feasts and festivals, knights displayed their martial prowess and horsemanship during exciting tournaments. It is the horse that made the knight what he was. An armored knight mounted on his mighty steed was an inspiring sight.
A knight was a merging of man and beast that formed a great trust; a trust allowed a knight to gain the horses confidence. These expert horsemen, trained in the arts of war, thundered across the battlefields to defend the kingdom from invaders.
Medieval Times brings back this bygone era of great kingdoms and mighty warriors. It returns us to the age of chivalry.
Creating the Show
With roots in Majorca, Spain, Medieval Times came to North America in 1983. The attraction brings back the glory of the tournament and revelry of a feast day. So go back in time to 11th century Spain, a time of epic adventure and drama.
The shows storyline, which was a 2-year endeavor, has expanded on many original concepts from past shows. So expect spectacular elements including lighting, choreography, battle scenes, and costumes for horses and characters. This is heightened by a new musical score composed by Daniel May, known for his IMAX and other musical film scores, was recorded in Kiev, Ukraine.
According to May, “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.”
As Medieval Times creative director, Leigh Cordner recalls, “When we started to put pen to paper, we knew from the start we wanted to grab guests’ attention from the moment they take their seats. This led us to the creation of the opening moment, when Liberty Horse enters the arena.”
The show begins with great spectacle as the Knights of Realm enter on horseback, introduced by Lord Chancellor. They assemble in the arena arrayed in splendid costumes awaiting the arrival of King Carlos and Princess Catalina.
Once the King and Princess step onto the balcony, they announce the start of the feast and festivities. You will meet Lady Anne, the Master Falconer and the Master Horseman and his talented team, who will perform horse demonstrations.
[Of course, the show would be meaningless without lots of action. This show does not disappoint with jousting, swordplay, and other knightly games – mostly done on horseback.
A Feast with Grand Drama
Throughout the show, the story continues adding The Herald of the North to the plot. He serves King Ulrik, Ruler of the North. He has a seemingly innocent gift for King Carlos with sinister twist. An innocent festival now becomes a battle between good and evil. Who will win?
During the show, you will be served a delicious meal and eat it medieval style (without utensils). Although in reality, medieval diners usually brought their own knives.
The menu has been upgraded, and now includes Tomato Bisque; oven roasted chicken, a larger spare rib, and an herb basted potato, and braided apple strudel. They even have gluten-free and vegetarian choices.
In My Opinion
I attended the current show at the Medieval Times Maryland Castle previously which was an astounding spectacle great for Baltimore families all ages. It was a romanticized version of the Middle Ages that is expected from an entertainment venue. (It has to be fun, right!)
The skilled trainers and horseman did a fantastic job with the horse routines. The costumes, pageantry, and music were an inspiring mix of sight and sound. All the actors and actresses were convincing characters, creating the ambience of a medieval festival.
The action was non-stop as guests cheered on their favorite knight (who is assigned). I cheered for the blue knight. The battle scenes kept you on the edge of your seat.
On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, March 22 through March 24 check out Medieval Times’ Maryland Castle for a special evening. Arrive at the show prior to 5 p.m. so your kids can get free Knights Training and a free activity book. Remember, space is limited and on a first come, first serve basis.
Prices will be $36.95 for adults and $29.95 for children 12 and under when guests use the code MARWEB. To purchase tickets and find show times go to www.medievaltimes.com. Or you could just call 1-888-935-6878. Remember to come early enough to avoid busy lines.
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
7000 Arundel Mills Circle
Hanover, MD 21076