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?

“Excellent Anniversary Gift”

The Lost Colony Play on Wednesday June 15th was better than ever! I saw this play as a little girl with my family. I was 8 and the Indian sitting right behind scared me to death in the act of the attack of the colony. I was blessed to see it again in 1980 as a freshman in college in Elizabeth City N.C.
This year the cast was at the quality of a Broadway Show in New York. Their intensity, personal reflection and comedy was better than ever.
You will truly miss an exceptional night of talent and history if you go to the Outer Banks but do not attend “The Lost Colony!!!”

Reviewed June 22, 2016 via TripAdvisor

“Great Educational Play”

The play was very well done and educational. I was entertained throughout. My 7 year old daughter asked if she could see the play again.

Reviewed June 22, 2016 via TripAdvisor

“Great Outdoor Production”

The show is a must see. Plan your trip to see it around the weather. I think all seats are good ones , but sit either in the center or on the left, as you face the stage. The seats on the right start out being in the sun. They have stadium seating so everyone can see. The seats are comfortable and are like plastic theater seats. Dress comfortably and bring bug spray. The costumes are very well done and the actors are great. I would recommend the show for older children, probably 10 and up. The show is kind of long, but does have a 15 minute intermission. I would arrive about 15 minutes before they start seating to give your party time to walk to the theater. There is plenty of parking and it doesn’t take long to get off the island after the show, thanks to the Manteo Police helping with traffic. Enjoy the show!!!
The theater is a marvel for an open stage. There are two covered concession areas that are covered for purchases and refreshments during intermission. As well as a meet the actors after the performance.

Reviewed June 24, 2016 via TripAdvisor

“An Exceptionally Marvelous Experience”

This is likely the best live theater value on the east coast. The cost to attend is a fraction of what a Broadway or even off-Broadway ticket costs. I “splurged” on the $40 VIP package for my wife, daughter, and I. The backstage tour was entertaining and educational. Our tour guides were two of the actors from the production. It was fun to meet them in person and then later see them on stage. The story line, the set, the costumes, and the majority of actors were Broadway quality. It’s no wonder the production previously won a Tony. I also enjoy the fact that the production takes place in the area where the Lost Colony was actually located. We had seats in the center of the front row. The benefits were that nothing blocked my daughter’s view and we had a flat surface in front of us on which to place our beverages and snacks. The downside to sitting in the front row is that some of production’s scenes take place on the left and right sides of the seating area meaning we occasionally needed to crane our necks to see the actors. However, we really enjoyed the front row seats. Regardless of whatever seats are available, I highly recommend attending The Lost Colony while visiting the Outer Banks.

Reviewed June 26, 2016 via TripAdvisor

“Never Fails to Impress Me”

I’ve seen this drama many times over the years & it’s always 1st class from the costumes to the actors. It’s fascinating to see the stage change with the scenery props. There’s never a problem hearing or viewing. Never a bad seat. I didn’t know they have 3 different endings & you never know which one is chosen. It’s a must see!!

Reviewed June 27, 2016 via TripAdvisor

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