Lost Colony Outdoor Drama celebrates the 117 English men, women, and children who came ashore on Roanoke Island in 1587, to establish a permanent English settlement in the New World. Three years later English ships returned to bring supplies and found the island deserted with no sign of the colonists. After nearly 450 years, the mystery of what happened remains.
Each summer, over 100 actors, technicians, designers and volunteers rehearse to bring the Lost Colony of Roanoke story to life. The production is enormous. The stage itself is over three times larger than most Broadway stages in New York. You will be seated in the center of the stage area with action happening on three sides of you and even sometimes right next to you in the aisle. Come see epic battles and Indian dances. Experience the sorrow and heartbreak of tragedy and loss. Witness the pageantry of the Queen and her court and celebrate the birth of Virginia Dare. There is music, laughter, romance and dance.
First staged in 1937, The Lost Colony is the nation’s longest-running symphonic drama. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paul Green, The Lost Colony’s 82nd season plays late May through August at Manteo’s Waterside Theatre, on Roanoke Island.
Thursday evenings at 6:15PM before the show for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Enjoy tea and sweets with the Queen’s Master of Ceremony and Sir Walter Raleigh, while waiting to be presented to Queen Elizabeth I. Have your picture taken with Her Royal Highness!
Tthe backstage tours are highly praised by patrons. This tour is one of very few in the industry that allow audience members backstage during final show preparations. See our historic Irene Smart Raines costume shop, visit our authentic weapons armory, and see our characters make last minute preparations for the show.