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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  • This garden was delightful. A great selection of different and beautiful roses. Lots of blooming ones in late August. The garden is surrounded by tall, old trees. Very peaceful. Well maintained.....  more
    This garden was delightful. A great selection of different and beautiful roses. Lots of blooming ones in late August. The garden is surrounded by tall, old trees. Very peaceful. Well maintained.....  more »
  • We visited this little quiet garden on one weekend, it is very nice and enjoyable experience. Roses are very beautiful and smell great. We could eat our lunch here and meditate as well. 
    We visited this little quiet garden on one weekend, it is very nice and enjoyable experience. Roses are very beautiful and smell great. We could eat our lunch here and meditate as well.  more »
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  • This was my first time attending a show here. We went to see In The Heights and the most important thing you need to know is that the performance was FANTASTIC! Amazing cast. Great, simple sets. The theater is small and makes for a much more intimate performance. The chairs are a little low to the ground and uncomfortable, but the performance will make you forget yourself for 2.5 hours. The grounds are also beautiful with the outdoor amphitheater and the Raleigh rose garden right there. I’m looking forward to attending another show here.
  • Attended In the Heights and it was phenomenal! Carla was my favorite cast member!!!

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