“The play is the thing,” declares Prince Hamlet in Shakespeare’s famous play. Yes it is, William, yes it is. And the Outer Banks recognizes this as evidenced by their wide offerings of different performances throughout the year. Whether you are a seasoned thespian or just starting to gain a little appreciation for the theater, Outer Banks performances are available to entertain you. One of the oldest and perhaps most well-known performances on the Outer Banks is The LC [The Lost Colony], which tells the famous story of the mysterious disappearance surrounding the English settlement on Roanoke Island. This performance is presented in an open-air theater in Manteo, so you’ll feel like you’re right in the midst of colonists as they try to make their way in the New World. You can also check out the Theatre of Dare, which brings plays to the community organized and produced by locals or independent performances by actors from The LC. If you’d prefer a melody to a stage, be sure to check out the musicians at Manteo’s First Friday festivals, Roanoke Island Festival Park and Molasses Creek’s Deepwater Theater and Music Hall in Ocracoke. Browse through the below listing of Outer Banks performances and get ready to applaud.