Welcome to The Lost Colony

In July of 1587, 117 English men, women, and children came ashore on Roanoke Island with a commission from Elizabeth I to establish a permanent English settlement in the New World. Just three years later in 1590, when English ships returned to bring supplies to the settlement, they found the island deserted with no sign of the colonists except the single word, “CROATOAN,” carved into the surface of an abandoned structure and the letters, “CRO,” scratched into the bark of a tree. After nearly 450 years, the mystery of what happened to the colonists remains unsolved.

The Lost Colony, Paul Green’s Symphonic Outdoor Drama, has been performed each summer since 1937 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.

Gather clues from the colonists as you are 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 all around you. Experience a night surrounded by the mystery of The Lost Colony!


Can You Solve America’s
Oldest Mystery?

“Wonderful Production, Family Friendly Fun”

The Lost Colony is the story of the first English colonists who came to America in 1587 and eventually disappeared under mysterious circumstances (what happened to them is still subject to conjecture). Having heard about this outdoor play for more than 30 years, we finally got to go last week during our vacation at Nags Head. We were blessed with great weather that evening, and our family of 8 (ages 3-65) thoroughly enjoyed this very professional production in a well-designed amphitheatre, accessed by a short walk through the woods from the parking lot (it is handicapped-accessible). The actors were excellent and also very talented vocally; the sound system was perfect. The costumes were much more elaborate than I expected, and the sets were very well done, with creative ways of changing from one to another. For the younger audience, the action and battle scenes were quite realistic (might be a bit loud for very young children, but our 3-yr-old didn’t seem bothered, only fascinated by the Indians coming out of the trees!). Our 7-yr old was enthralled and paid rapt attention throughout (her favorite character was Eleanor Dare). There is a brief intermission between the two acts, for refreshments (NC wines are available!) or restrooms. This renowned historical drama is well worth the time and money, so go if you’re in the area, I highly recommend it. (Tip: if you’re bothered by insects, you might wear a bug band or spray, but it really was no problem for us.)

Reviewed July 26, 2016 via TripAdvisor


My whole family enjoyed the wonderful performance of The Lost Colony. The costumes were amazing and the story was true to history. I can’t wait to see it again on my next visit to the Outer Banks. We did the backstage tour before the performance. I highly recommend it!

Reviewed July 25, 2016 via TripAdvisor

“Children’s Show”

We saw a children’s show, Stellaluna, that is held in the sound studio of The Lost Colony. It’s a small production held indoors with air conditioning. It’s a great idea for a rainy day activity with the kids or even a reprieve from the beach. It’s also very reasonably priced at $10 a ticket. The cast is available for pictures and autographs after the show. In addition, they sell books from the author of Stellaluna. This is the second year we’ve seen a children’s show and we highly recommend them.

Reviewed July 25, 2016 via TripAdvisor

“Excellent performance”

Was not sure what to expect, but based on the reviews, I bought tickets for our anniversary date. The actors were amazing, the costumes and sets were so realistic, and the story kept us on the edge of our seats. The stadium seating is very comfortable, and the actors sometimes enter and exit right through the aisles, placing the audience right in the middle of the audience. We both agreed that we would love to go back again. This is a must do for any OBX vacationer! There were many children there, but I feel the parents that brought little ones didn’t get to really enjoy the show. Leave the children with the grandparents, back at the beach house, and go for a fantastic date.

Reviewed July 22, 2016 via TripAdvisor

“Great family time!”

I have not seen the Lost Colony since 1987. I don’t remember it being as good as it was last week! Loved it. They have definitely changed up the acting (empowered women outside of Queen Elizabeth I alone). The special effects were good and you cannot beat the seating. I highly recommend this play. Historical entertainment.

Reviewed July 22, 2016 via TripAdvisor

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