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


Local Auditions for The Lost Colony 2017

Local Auditions for the 2017 Season of The Lost Colony! On Saturday, February 18, 2017 The Lost Colony will hold local auditions for its upcoming 80th anniversary season! Local residents have long been a part of the production of America’s oldest Outdoor Symphonic Drama, and it is the hope of the production’s artistic staff that this summer will carry on [...]

Thank you for a great season!

Thanks for a Great 2016 Season! The 79th Season of America’s longest-running symphonic drama closed on Saturday, August 20th with final show attendance of more than 800 spectators. The cast and crew extend a generous thank you to the Outer Banks community for their continued support and hospitality. Changes in the production generated interest throughout the Outer Banks this summer. [...]

2016’s Virginia Dare Faire scheduled for Thursday, August 18th

The Lost Colony and National Park Service cordially invite you to the 2016 Virginia Dare Faire, sponsored by Yadkin Bank. Celebrate the 429th birthday of Virginia Dare, Thursday, August 18th, with events all day at Fort Raleigh National Park! Virginia Dare Faire will be held at outside of The Lost Colony Administration Building from 10am-1pm. Activities for Virginia Dare Faire [...]

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