‘She is not beholden to anyone’: Meet the 1st queen of Medieval Times

Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament has cast a woman in the lead role for the first time in its 35-year-history.

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Queen Dona Maria Isabella, played by Allyssa O’Donnell, is the first female lead at the Medieval Times dinner theatre. (Submitted by Medieval Times)

Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament has cast a woman in the lead role for the first time in its 35-year-history.

Behold Queen Maria Isabella, the queen of the realm and host of the knightly tournaments performed for excited crowds at the themed dinner theatre chain’s nine faux castles in the U.S. and Canada.

“It means we finally at Medieval Times have a queen in charge of the kingdom,” Allyssa O’Donnell, one of four actors who plays the queen at the Medieval Times in the Schaumburg suburb of Chicago, told As It Happens host Carol Off.

“She is the sole ruler of the realm. She is not beholden to anyone and she rules the way she sees fit. She tries to rule with fairness and honestly and justice, but she is in charge, which is very exciting.”

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