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Welcome to The Lost Colony Play

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 play, 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?

“Fun, Family and Historic adventure”

It is almost time for this show to begin for the 2015 season, with wonderful costumes, accomplished actors/actresses, music and dialogue to be heard with a much improved sound system. The back stage tour is delightful and informative giving you a chance to interact with some of the ‘historic figures’ of the play. The fight scenes are well done and exciting. There is food to be had, merchandise to take home and the memories of a special historic evening. We so enjoyed the Lost Colony last year and are looking forward to seeing it again.

Reviewed April 22, 2015 via TripAdvisor

“This Tony Award winning outdoor drama brings history to life!”

Paul Green’s “symphonic drama” is performed during Summer months about the first English child born in America in 1587 on the actual site where the first colonists settled in North Carolina. Colorful scenes with the Queen and Elizabethan festivities, the settling of the colony in the New World, Indians and a touching story of survival make this a wonderful experience for adults and children. You can tour the area / Fort Raleigh during the day and there is a state-sponsored museum also worth seeing.

Reviewed January 6, 2015 via TripAdvisor

“Do the behind the scenes tour”

My husband and I arrived an hour before to do the behind the scenes tour which we had reserved months before. Characters from the play gave each of us a VIP necklace and color program guide/ souvenir booklet. Very informative tour. You get to met the characters and see the rooms that they use.

Reviewed October 12, 2014 via TripAdvisor

“An truly wonderful annual visit”

This is one of our routine stops on our annual family holiday in the OBX. A truly wonderful production and well worth the price (which is quite reasonable). Plenty of parking and just an all around good experience. Take the time and spend the afternoon or early evening in Manteo.

Reviewed February 19, 2015 via TripAdvisor

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The Beatles Are Back! at Waterside Theatre June 21st 8PM

“1964” …The Tribute takes their audiences on a musical journey to an era in rock history that will live in all of our hearts forever. They are hailed by critics and fans alike as the most authentic and endearing Beatles tribute in the world. Choosing songs from the pre-Sgt. Pepper era, “1964” astonishingly recreates an early 60’s live Beatles concert, with period instruments, clothing, hairstyles, and onstage banter. Over 25 years of researching and performing have made “1964” masters of their craft. Come see why “1964”…The Tribute is the definitive Beatle show!

General Tata Book Signing at The Waterside Theatre June 5th

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The Lost Colony 2015 Opening Night!

Actors, directors, designers, technicians, dancers and singers are in the final hours of rehearsal for Paul Green’s The Lost Colony opening for its 78th season on May 29. Each year, the symphonic drama is reinvented by new actors and technicians who join returning company members to perform The Lost Colony. The 2015 company is comprised of mostly new actors, with roughly one third of the cast returning to the production.