We purchased half-price vouchers from Living Social to attend Medieval Madness. I had read a good review of it in the Washington Post and those here on Trip Advisor, so I thought that it would be worth the $29 I paid for each voucher (as opposed to the regular $58 price).
The MM hall is located in Old Town Alexandria, so it's easy to find and we had no problem finding parking. (Parking in the area is free after 7pm and the show begins at 7:15, so you shouldn't have to put much, if anything, into the meters.)
There are two long tables in the hall, each of which seats 42 people. As soon as you are seated, a "wench" comes by to tell you about the bread and food on the table and to explain the drinks system. You get a goblet of water (which they refill regularly--no problem there) as well as a choice of 1 mug of meade (honey wine) or two tankards of ale. Additional drinks can be purchased at the bar.
The table is set with loaves of white and wheat bread as well as bowls of butter, raspberry jam, and cinnamon pear sauce (which can be used on the bread or as a sauce for the meat). The wheat bread was about the best bread I have ever tasted! I could almost have made a meal just of that.
The evening begins with a speech by the Duke who explains the concept of Medieval Madness. Its history is rather interesting (and can be read on their website if you are interested.) Then the evening begins with the original "play" which, as has been mentioned before, is not Shakespeare, but it is entertaining and some of the actors are actually pretty good.
Between "scenes", the "wenches" bring out the various "removes". The first remove was the bread and grapes on the table when you were seated. The second remove is sausage, roasted beef and cinnamon glazed carrots. The third remove is rosemary roasted chicken legs and yam puffs (like tater tots). The final remove, dessert, was pound cake. The food is served on platters with enough portions for 6 people. There was more than enough food on each platter for the 6 people surrounding us. I thought all of the food was absolutely delicious except for the pound cake which I am sure was store-bought and not homemade. It was so tasteless that there were a couple pieces left on the platter that nobody wanted.
The play (which is new every 4 months) is interspersed with bawdy songs (which I loved) and a sword fight. All of the actors spoke well and loud enough to be heard throughout the hall even when the audience was a bit lively. There are no bad seats in the house.
I'm a little surprised by those who have commented on how much their children enjoyed the evening. I can see where they would like the food and eating with their fingers, but much of the dialogue would go over their heads and some of the rest of it would be too "wordy". (I even would have appreciated less talking, more walking.)
All in all, we found this to be an enjoyable evening, especially with a group of friends. I would definitely recommend it if you are able to get a discounted ticket, but at full price, it's a rather pricey evening.
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