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.

America’s Greatest
Unsolved Mystery…

“History comes to life”

The story and acting was heartfelt and that warmed us.The acting, costumes and sets were first class. It all made for a memorable evening.

Reviewed August 16, 2017 via TripAdvisor

“Amazing Show with VIP Backstage Tour”

The theatre, set, singers & performers were all fantastic & support staff very welcoming. A real gem of a place & must see when visiting the Outer Banks & Manteo.

Reviewed August 7, 2017 via TripAdvisor

“Amazing Dramatic History”

The play was very well done. We’ve been to several outdoor plays and this one ranks at the top. The costumes and sets were just as good as a Broadway play. You won’t go wrong going to this show.

Reviewed July 30, 2017 via TripAdvisor

Recent Blogs


Ghosts of the Lost Colony 2018

Join Trevor Janzen and his team of ghost hunters from Astral Plane Investigations on an interactive adventure, exploring paranormal hot spots in Waterside Theatre and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. Dare to enter the last documented location of Sir Walter Raleigh’s colony. During this tour, you’ll learn about early colonial exploration, the Native Americans that lived here and the 1587 [...]

2018 Local Auditions Announced

  Local Auditions set for the 2018 Season of The Lost Colony On Saturday, February 17, 2018, The Lost Colony will hold local auditions for its upcoming 2018 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 [...]

Dominion Energy Grant for Mystery of the Lost Colony

The Lost Colony is thrilled to announce that it will be taking its mini-production, Mystery of The Lost Colony, on tour Fall 2018.   The Dominion Energy Foundation is generously supporting this dynamic educational and interactive touring program, and granted $5,000 to the Roanoke Island Historical Association (RIHA) to bring the performance to elementary schools in eastern North Carolina. The program [...]

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