Raleigh Little Theatre Rose Garden, Raleigh

#7 of 20 in Parks in Raleigh
Garden · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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-


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 »
  • 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 »
  • I have to admit, I had doubts given previous experiences at other small theaters. However, from the first moments of entering the theater it was evident that the house is well cared for and loved. The show was well presented (lights, audio, production, etc...) And the cast was passionate and the fun they were having performing bled through to the audience which made a fantastic show simply phenomenal. Thank you RLT for a fantastic showing
  • Always fun. Family friendly. Dog friendly for friendly dogs. They serve beer on movie nights until 9pm. Also have food trucks on movie nights. I've never had a bad experience here and love that this place is part of our community.

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