More than 400 years ago, 117 men, women and children sailed from Plymouth, England, in an attempt to settle on Roanoke Island. They vanished just two years later. The only clue left behind was the word “CROATOAN” carved in a tree. The Lost Colony is their story. This outdoor drama is the longest-standing Outer Banks attraction, celebrating its 80th season in 2017!
Written by Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Paul Green, The Lost Colony is performed summer nights by a company of more than 100 actors, dancers, singers and technicians in the historic outdoor Waterside Theater. Come see epic battles and Indian dances. Experience the sorrow and heartbreak of tragedy and loss. Witness the pageantry of the queen and her court, and celebrate the birth of Virginia Dare. There is music, laughter, romance and dance, and Outer Banks locals and visitors have loved it for 79 years. Seeing the play is a quintessential Outer Banks activity.
An Outer Banks tradition and cultural treasure, The Lost Colony educates, enriches and entertains — don’t leave the Outer Banks until you see it.
The 2017 season runs from May 26 through August 19, Monday through Saturday nights at 7:45 p.m. Ticket prices range from $20 to $35, depending on seating, and are half-price for children ages 12 and younger, free for kids 5 and younger, and senior, military and AAA discounts are available. Ask about the VIP package at $40 per person. Advance reservations are recommended. For tickets call (252) 473-6000 or purchase online anytime. Backstage tours begin at 6:30 p.m. and cost $10.
Tuesdays and Fridays means Family Fun Night at The Lost Colony. Character Dinners are offered prior to the performance on these evenings throughout the summer. Meet the cast before the show and have the kids’ photos taken with the actors. It’s a night of memories that will last a lifetime, and there’s no fighting traffic or rushing at the restaurant to get to the theater on time.
At 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, both kids and their parents will get a kick out of the show Jingle Arrgh The Way.
Throughout the year, other events are presented at Waterside Theatre. 2017 will mark the inaugural year of The Lost Colony Wine Festival, held backstage on September 30. Laugh your way through an evening at Comedy Tonight in April. Take a tour with Ghosts of the Lost Colony, introducing guests to a few spirits of Roanoke Island's past residents while exploring the mysteries of the historic park.
A trip to The Lost Colony also offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy a restaurant on Roanoke Island, which are less crowded than the beach restaurants on summer nights.