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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…

“Loved it!”

This was my first time seeing any type of outdoor play. All the actors, props, and everything make you feel like you’re really there in that time period. I’m delighted that we came to see such a wonderful, well written (and portrayed) play about the Lost Colony. I hope to be in the area in the future so I can see the play again. This was truly an experience I’ll remember for the rest of my life.

Reviewed June 4, 2018 via TripAdvisor

“The Lost Colony of Roanoke”

Excellent show! It’s a must see if you’re in town. It’s kid friendly and has a great concession area.

Reviewed May 30, 2018 via TripAdvisor

“Fun Addition to Any Vacation to the Outer Banks”

If you like history, plays, or theatre you will love The Lost Colony. I first saw this performance 35 to 40 years ago in my early teens and wanted to get back and see it again. Fun for family members of all ages.

Reviewed May 27, 2018 via TripAdvisor

Recent Blogs


A Special Invitation to the Queen’s Court

The Roanoke Island Historical Association, producers of The Lost Colony, is pleased to announce a new event for the 2018 Season, Royal Tea. Join us Thursday evenings before the show for a once-in-a-lifetime experience with Queen Elizabeth I. Enjoy tea and sweets with members of the Queen’s Court, then meet Her Royal Highness! Royal Tea is perfect for celebrating a [...]

Dare Night + Outer Banks Relief Foundation

Dare Night + Outer Banks Relief Foundation The first 2018 “Dare Night” at The Lost Colony was very successful for Lifeline Outreach OBX. This Friday’s June 8th “Dare Night” performance benefits Roanoke Island Food Pantry, which helps provide people in need of emergency help while waiting for Food Assistance cards. Also joining us this week, the Outer Banks Relief Foundation [...]

2018 Dare Nights

Dare Night Performances of The Lost Colony The Roanoke Island Historical Association, producers of The Lost Colony, is pleased to announce 2018 “Dare Nights.” Locals can receive a free ticket to the show on the first 3 Fridays in June – the 1st, 8th and 15th -- with a donation of non-perishable food items to our local food pantries. This [...]

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