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


Dare Nights at The Lost Colony

  Dare Night Performances of The Lost Colony Scheduled The 2016 company of The Lost Colony is now performing their 79th season of the show that is the recipient of the Tony Honor For Excellence In Theatre In America. Under the direction of Ira David Wood, III the company will once again celebrate “Dare Nights” when all locals are invited [...]

2016’s Live at the Waterside Concert Series Line Up Announced

The Lost Colony is proud to announce The 2016 Live at the Waterside Concert Series presented by PNC Bank. This summer, experience live music at one the 10 Best Outdoor Concert Venues you shouldn’t miss (USA Today) on Roanoke Island’s The Waterside Theatre, home of The Lost Colony. The concerts bring the Outer Banks a memorable lineup on three Sunday’s this summer. [...]

Comedy Tonight Fundraiser on Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Lost Colony presents it's third Comedy Tonight fundraiser on Saturday, April 16, 2016, at the Sound Stage Theater on the grounds of The Lost Colony. Join the Roanoke Island Historical Association for an exciting night on the town with cocktails and live music, a silent auction, and a catered dinner, featuring critically acclaimed comedian Nate Bargatze in support of America's longest running outdoor drama, [...]

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