Don’t miss the Lost Colony play in Manteo, North Carolina this summer! The Lost Colony is the second-longest running historical outdoor drama as it has been performed since 1937. The play runs May through August at Waterside Theater at 1409 National Park Drive in Manteo.

This amazing production involves more than 200 actors, designers, technicians and volunteers and spans over three stages. The Lost Colony is a historical drama that was written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paul Green. The musical play is about Sir Walter Raleigh’s attempt to establish a permanent settlement on Roanoke Colony in the 1580’s.

One of the first English settlements in North America, Sir Walter Raleigh established a colony on Roanoke Island, however, life on the island was much harder than anticipated. Facing low supplies and attacks from Native Americans, Governor John White went back to England for more supplies in 1587. When he returned back in 1590, the settlement was gone with just one clue as to where the settlers went. It is one of the longest mysteries in America.

The Lost Colony is based on this mystery and features several top performers and has been a long-time tradition on Manteo. North Carolina’s own Andy Griffith performed at Waterside Theater from 1947-1953. The play has everything from music, laughter, dancing and sorrow.

When attending the play, make sure to arrive 30 minutes ahead of the start. This will give you plenty of time to park, pick up tickets and find your seats. Parking is close to the box office, but there is a long walk from the box office to the theater.

The theater opens for seating at 7:00 p.m. and the curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. sharp. Make sure to arrive with plenty of time as late arrivers may be held from going to their seats. There are two one-hour acts with a 15-minute intermission. Restrooms, concessions and a gift shop are available for patrons.

If there is inclement weather that will prevent the play from occurring, an announcement will be made. Tickets will be counted as rain checks for canceled performances. If rain insurance is purchased, the full price of the ticket will be refunded. Children are more than welcome at Waterside Theater, however, know that there are some loud noises, so use your best judgment.

Casual wear is acceptable but it is an outdoor theater, so it might be wise to pack a light jacket. When purchasing tickets, take a look at the seating map. House Right seats offer the best view of the Queen’s stage. House Left seats offer the best view of the Indian stage.

The VIP Package: $40 ($20 kids 12 and under)
Adults: $30
Seniors 62 and over: $28
Kids aged 5 and under are FREE every night, all the time
Kids aged six to twelve: $10
Teens aged 13-18: $25
Groups of 10 Adults or more: $25
Character Dinners: $50 per adult, $25 per child

All prices include a $2.50 per ticket processing fee. All tickets are subject to NC Admissions Tax which will be added on at the end of the sale time.

Make sure not to miss the Lost Colony, a long-time Outer Banks tradition. If you’re looking for a place to stay while in the Outer Banks, let Shoreline OBX help you find a great rental! You can also download our free vacation guide and check out other things to do while you’re in the area!

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