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?

“Wonderful Experience”

If you go I would definitely recommend doing the backstage tour. The show itself was truly entertaining and most informative. This is a must do attraction!

Reviewed July 15, 2017 via TripAdvisor

“History, a show and beautiful location”

I have been visiting the Outer Banks and seeing this show for 30 years. It’s wonderful every time! North Carolina has such interesting, rich history and I’m glad my boys got to experience this with me to learn more about the state they live in.

Reviewed July 14, 2017 via TripAdvisor

“Really mesmerizing!”

The singing and acting are marvelous but the story will captivate any one interested in the settlement of our country and what happened to those brave souls who decided to risk it all and put down roots here–if only briefly. We enjoyed it immensely

Reviewed July 14, 2017 via TripAdvisor

Recent Blogs


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 [...]

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. [...]

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