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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

“Unforgettable outdoor drama – better than ever”

Unforgettable outdoor drama- better than ever. The weather was perfect for our visit with a slight breeze, so the insects were held back. The actors were amazing, fight scenes were realistic, costumes were fabulous. Audio was perfect highly understandable, not too loud or soft. The narrator came in & out of scenes to explain the story better so even young kids could properly understand the real history of America’s oldest outdoor drama. Afterwards a brief time to take pics with a few actors. Seats were comfortable with no poor location. I can’t think of one thing that could be done to make this any better.
Please don’t miss this opportunity. Stop by the visitor center & learn some behind the scenes historical facts. Kids – check out the Jr Ranger program.

Reviewed June 12, 2018 via TripAdvisor

“Well worth the ticket price”

As a theatre lover, I always try to see a performance whenever I can. Since this is the first time that my wife and I are visiting the Outer Banks and staying in Manteo, I thought that we should see “The Lost Colony”. I opted for the higher priced seats and we were in row H almost in the center and had an excellent view of the entire performance. The historical aspects of the play were very interesting, acting and scenery excellent and some of the singers had beautiful voices.

Reviewed July 2, 2018 via TripAdvisor

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