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


Prepare to Hunt for the Snark

  Join the Roanoke Island Historical Association (RIHA) and ACE Outer Banks as we prepare to hunt for the snark! ACE Outer Banks is the proud sponsor of The Lost Colony’s summer children’s theatre performance “The Hunting of the Snark.”  What’s a snark? Come find out! Performances begin on Wednesday, June 20th, and will be held weekly on Wednesdays and [...]

Great Ghosts of 2018

Ghosts of the Lost Colony closed on a high note Friday night, April 6 with two sold-out shows. Over the two week performance run, over 700 people explored the grounds of Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Waterside Theatre for paranormal activity with our guides from Astral Planes Investigations. The two-week run included 11 performances, 7 of which were completely [...]

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 [...]

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