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?

“A Must Go!”

Lost Colony is now celebrating its 80th anniversary season and I can see why! Nothing beats live theatre outside, add on top of it, sitting in the actual place that the story took place! Bravo! Bravo!

Reviewed June 10, 2017 via TripAdvisor

“Beautiful spot to see a fascinating play”

The actors are enthusiastic, talented and the setting makes for a memorable evening. It’s connection to the actual event made it even more special. You won’t be disappointed.

Reviewed June 7, 2017 via TripAdvisor

“Theatre & History”

Backstage tour was great, really enjoyed learning more of the history of the area, the show, the Lost Colony, and the annual preparations for the show! It truly helps you appreciate so much more of the work that is done to bring the show to the stage every summer.

Reviewed June 7, 2017 via TripAdvisor

Recent Blogs


TLC Summer Children’s Show Begins-Jingle ARRGH the Way!

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PNC is the Presenting Sponsor for the 80th Anniversary Season

PNC Bank is the Presenting Sponsor for The Lost Colony’s 80th Anniversary Season The Roanoke Island Historical Association is pleased to announce PNC Bank as the Presenting Sponsor of its 80th Anniversary Season production of The Lost Colony. This is a pioneer role for The Lost Colony, as the production has never named a Presenting Sponsor since opening eight decades [...]

Ghosts of The Lost Colony

Ghosts of The Lost Colony 2017 The First English settlement in the New World completely vanished, without a trace, on Roanoke Island. Experience this historic event as The Lost Colony presents: Ghosts of The Lost Colony. Join a team of ghost hunters who have discovered hot spots believed to be associated with spirits of The Lost Colony of 1587 and [...]

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