Raleigh Little Theatre Rose Garden, Raleigh

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Raleigh Little Theatre (RLT) is a nonprofit organization using theatre to enrich, educate, entertain, and engage volunteers, students, and audiences of all ages. RLT is one of the oldest continuously operating community theatres in the country, offering entertainment, education and community programs year-

round.

In 1936, a group of passionate local performers joined forces with technical workers from the Federal Theatre Project to begin a community theatre in Raleigh. This nation-wide movement of little theatres focused on intimate, non-commercial theatre that would employ artists, create relevant art, and provide entertainment for low-income families. The commitment to accessibility defined the organization early on and continues today, with a focus on keeping ticket prices affordable, choosing accessible while thought-provoking theatrical works and opportunities for anyone in the community to be involved by working onstage or behind the scenes.

While Raleigh has grown by leaps and bounds over the last 78 years, RLT has grown as well in size and stature. RLT produces eleven fully-staged shows yearly, reaching 40,000 people. In 2007, RLT was inducted in to the Raleigh Hall of Fame. In 2012, RLT received the Community Theatre Award from the North Carolina Theatre Conference. In 2014 RLT the N&O said RLT’s production of Hairspray was “the best musical production this reviewer has seen.“ In 2016, RLT won the Independent Weekly’s award for Best Live Theatre in the Triangle.

RLT’s six-acre site is an urban jewel that includes two indoor theatres, an outdoor amphitheatre and the exquisite Raleigh Rose Garden. Parking is free in our private lot. All of our shows are performed at RLT, located near NC State University and just off Hillsborough Street, next to Cameron Village. RLT is easy to find whether you’re coming from downtown, the Beltline or I-40.
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  • Be certain to visit the Rose Garden in peak rose blossom season in the summer. The beautiful blossums and their scents are magnificent!  more »
  • The Rose Garden is a gem tucked away in Raleigh's Dixie Trail neighborhood. Only one of three accredited rose gardens in the State, the Rose Garden boasts over sixty rose beds. There are varieties of ...  more »
  • Definitely a 5 star place if you go during the blooming times. Adjacent to the theater area, it can be part of a fun day and evening on a Raleigh excursion.  more »
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  • Been here twice and liked both performances. The venue is warm and inviting, perfect to bring kids to. Both performances had meet and greet times with the actors after the performances, which was really cool. Friendly and inviting, great place.
  • My wife and I see a couple of shows a year at Raleigh Little Theater. The productions are well done and very affordable. Seating is comfortable for a two hour show. Parking is usually a challenge, but not insurmountable.
  • Sat mid way back in the balcony for my first visit to the Little Theater. I would first declare that there are no terrible seats, as the stage is so close for the entire audience. This is the place to experience the full theatrical experience. The production of Cinderella rises to the best theater can offer. Enjoyed walking the amphitheater adjacent before the performance. The audience was seated effortlessly as showtime approached. Took some pictures of the cast after the performance. It was a lovely evening.
  • Watched 3 little birds here. The play was amazing. The theatre is intimate. It has bleacher seating.
  • The sound was a little lower than I would have expected at times, but the crew did a great job with what they had to work with. Awesome theatre company and actors!
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