May 31 to Aug. 23

Waterside Theatre at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, 1409 National Park Drive, Roanoke Island.

Adult tickets start at $20 | Kids ages 5 and under are FREE every night

Monday Night Kids 6-12 are FREE

Doors open at 715 p.m. play begins at 7:45 p.m.

T he story of the first English settlement in the New World comes to life each summer at the Waterside Theatre at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. As the nation’s longest-running symphonic outdoor drama, The Lost Colony celebrates its 82nd year and has become an annual tradition for visitors and residents alike.

More than 100 actors, technicians, designers and volunteers collaborate to put on a show that has stood the test of time. Each summer, the audience watches as the cast performs unforgettable battles, authentic Indian dances and plays out the pageantry of Queen Elizabeth and her court. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paul Greene.




At the Waterside Theatre the backstage tours are highly praised by our patrons. The tour is one of very few in the theatre industry that allows audience members backstage during final show preparations. You will hear historical and fun facts, see the historic Irene Smart Raines Costume Shop, visit our authentic weapons armory, and see our characters make last minute preparations for the show.



Join us Thursday evenings at 6:15PM for a once-in-a-lifetime experience-Royal Tea. 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! Is it your birthday or anniversary, Royal Tea is perfect for celebrating a special occasion. You may attend Royal Tea with or without purchasing tickets to experience The Lost Colony.

Seating is limited. Tickets:
Children Under 2: $0
Children 3-5: $5
All other tickets: $12.

Upcoming dates

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  • Starting Saturday, August 10th, 2019, repeats every week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday until Friday, August 23, 2019 @ 7:45 pm
  • Starting Friday, May 31st, 2019, repeats every week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday until Wednesday, July 31, 2019 @ 7:45 pm


The Lost Colony

1409 National Park Dr.
Manteo, NC 27954

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