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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


Cast Highlight | Chief Manteo

Joey is ecstatic to be returning to the role of Chief Manteo for his third season at The Lost Colony. Since last summer Joey performed in Midnight Syndicate Live at Cedar Point and was an extra on CBS’s show Instinct. Other credits include Hal in Picnic and Shaman in Serpentine Pink. While Joey enjoyed the fast-paced lifestyle of New York [...]

PNC Bank Returns as Presenting Sponsor

PNC Bank Returns as The Lost Colony’s Presenting Sponsor The Roanoke Island Historical Association today announced that PNC Bank will again be the presenting sponsor of The Lost Colony production this season. Last year, for the 80th anniversary season, PNC became the production’s first presenting sponsor since opening in 1937. “We could not be more honored to have PNC Bank [...]

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 [...]

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