Welcome to The Lost Colony


In 1587, 117 English men, women, and children came ashore on Roanoke Island to establish a permanent English settlement in the New World. Just three years later in 1590, when English ships returned to bring supplies, they found the island deserted with no sign of the colonists.  After nearly 450 years, the mystery of what happened to the colonists remains unsolved.

The Lost Colony, is performed each summer on the same site where these actual events occurred. Under the direction of Ira David Wood, III, a company of over 100 actors, dancers, singers, and technicians create a magical evening for your whole family.

Become immersed in epic battles, haunting Native American dances, elegant costuming, and beautiful music in this enormous stage production. The Lost Colony brings our nation’s oldest mystery to life.

Can You Solve America’s
Oldest Mystery?

“History comes to life”

The story and acting was heartfelt and that warmed us.The acting, costumes and sets were first class. It all made for a memorable evening.

Reviewed August 16, 2017 via TripAdvisor

“Amazing Show with VIP Backstage Tour”

The theatre, set, singers & performers were all fantastic & support staff very welcoming. A real gem of a place & must see when visiting the Outer Banks & Manteo.

Reviewed August 7, 2017 via TripAdvisor

“Amazing Dramatic History”

The play was very well done. We’ve been to several outdoor plays and this one ranks at the top. The costumes and sets were just as good as a Broadway play. You won’t go wrong going to this show.

Reviewed July 30, 2017 via TripAdvisor

Recent Blogs


The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival Committee Members Working Hard!

The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival’s Grand Tasting is quickly approaching on Saturday, September 30th. The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival Committee members have been working hard for over a year to plan a fun filled event! The Grand Tasting will feature over 120 wines, a Beer Garden, Wine Seminars, and Live Entertainment! The Festival overlooks the Roanoke [...]

The Lost Colony 2017 Company Awards

Megan Glover accepting the Cora Mae Basnight Award from Associate Producer, Lance Culpepper (left) and CEO, Bill Coleman (right). Picture taken by Busy B Photography ( The Lost Colony 2017 Company Awards On Friday, August 18, The Lost Colony celebrated the 430th birthday of the first English child born in the new world, Virginia Dare. The Lost Colony commemorated the [...]

Thanks for a Great 2017 Season!

The 80th Anniversary Season of America’s longest-running symphonic drama closed on Saturday, August 19th and the cast and crew extends a generous thank you to the Outer Banks community for their continued support and hospitality. There was 15% increase in revenue and an attendance increase of 11% over last season. The Lost Colony maintained the TripAdvisor #1 Attraction on Roanoke [...]

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