2/3/2009

LAS VEGAS – In the era of castles and gallant knights, kings would gather the nobility for fanciful feasts and tournaments of valor in celebration of important events. Those days still exist inside Excalibur during the award-winning, “Tournament of Kings” jousting dinner show.
One of Las Vegas’ last dinner shows, “Tournament of Kings” transports the audience to King Arthur’s court to help celebrate the return of his son, Christopher. The traditional showroom is transformed into King Arthur’s Arena, a 900-seat circular theater with an earthen floor.
As the story unfolds, the joyous Arthur gathers the rulers of Europe for a fantastic banquet and competition. The kings challenge their knightly skills while riding their faithful steeds. King Arthur’s hospitality is met with hostility when the evil fire-wizard Mordred invades the festivities. The kings of Europe must unite if the fire-wizard is to be defeated.
The production show has a sizable cast of 44 actors and musicians, 38 horses and an audience of 900. “Audience participation is an integral part of the show,” says director Phil Shelburne. “They will be singing, cheering and up on their feet.”
The late Peter Jackson along with his son Patrick Jackson created the original concept of the show. The show is now produced by Patrick Jackson. Emmy-nominated French designer Michel Fresnay created the stunning, authentic costumes that harken back to the days of Camelot.
The original score, composed by Scot Rammer, pulls the audience further into the show. Stunning visual effects, such as the pyrotechnics of the fire-wizard, heighten the audience experience.
The “Tournament of Kings” dinner show runs Wednesday – Monday at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; dark Tuesday. Tickets are $54.95 plus tax and fees. Tickets can be purchased up to 30 days in advance by calling (702) 597–7600 or booking online at www.excalibur.com.