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Announcing the RLT 2016-2017 Season!

This is a Season of Discovery at Raleigh Little Theatre!

Nine of the eleven shows, including all of the adult plays, will be produced for the first time in our 80 year history. We invite you to share in these stories that include characters ranging from a pioneering radio DJ, to a young girl who will do anything to fly, to a puppet looking for his place in the world. This season is full of opportunities to discover more about who we are.
-- Patrick Torres, Artistic Director

In chronological order:

July:Bat Boy: The Musical
September:Mothers and Sons
November:A Charlie Brown Christmas /
Jingle Bell Jukebox
January:The Whipping Man
February:One Man, Two Guvnors
March:When She Had Wings
April:James and the Giant Peach
May:A Piece of My Heart
June:Avenue Q

Download a 1-page calendar of the entire season.

Sutton Series
For general audiences

City Series
For mature audiences

Family Series
For all ages

Special shows

Existing Members

If you are an existing member then you can renew online via our Patron Portal facility. Patron Portal also shows ticket and donation history, and enables you to update your own contact information.

If you haven’t logged in before, or otherwise don’t recall your password, simply enter your email in the Username box and click on “Forgot your password?”  If you need help contact the box office at boxoffice@raleighlittletheatre.org or call (919) 821-3111.


New Member Membership Packages are now on sale!

Becoming a member is a great way to see shows at RLT! Benefits of being a member include:

  • Buy your tickets at a lower price than buying them individually
  • Buy your tickets in advance so that you won't miss out on the popular show dates
  • Get the best seats available 
  • Changing your tickets for a different day is an easy call to the box office and is no charge to you (starting August)
  • $6 off tickets to Cinderella
  • Support RLT!

New members can subscribe by calling (919) 821-3111 or online using the links below:

You can also order a membership by downloading our membership order form (PDF) and sending it in, either by fax or by scanning it in then emailing it to boxoffice@raleighlittletheatre.org.


Flex Passes

Flex Memberships are a great way to see shows at RLT. For $65 (including tax) you get three passes. You can use them one at a time or all at once. Suitable for any shows in the 2016-17 season except Cinderella. They're a great gift idea too! Call the box office on 919-821-3111 to purchase or buy them online.


Sutton Series

For General Audiences. Performed with reserved seating in the Cantey V. Sutton Theatre and Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre. Thursday - Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 3pm

Memphis (musical)

By David Bryan and Joe DiPietro.

August 19 – September 4, 2016
Cantey V. Sutton Theatre (Reserved Seating)

Explosive dancing, irresistible songs, and a thrilling tale of fame and love. Inspired by actual events, about a white, radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves.

For more information and tickets, see the Memphis show page.

One Man, Two Guvnors (comedy)

By Richard Bean

February 10 – 26, 2017
Cantey V. Sutton Theatre (Reserved Seating)

Brighton, England, 1963. Francis Henshall finds himself employed by small-time gangster Roscoe Crabbe. Roscoe is in town to collect a fee from his fiancée’s gangster father. However, Roscoe is really Rachel, posing as her own dead brother, and she is in love with Stanley Stubbers (her brother’s killer). Stanley, in turn, becomes our hero’s other “guvnor.” How long can Francis keep “Roscoe” and Stanley apart, and will he ever have time to eat dinner?

For more information and tickets, see the One Man, Two Guvnors show page.

A Piece of My Heart (historical drama)

By Shirley Lauro

May 5 – 21, 2017
Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre (Reserved Seating)

A powerful, true drama of six women who went to Vietnam: five nurses and a country-western singer. The latter is booked to entertain the troops by an unscrupulous agent. Follow each young woman’s story before, during, and after her tour in the war-torn nation. It was named “The most enduring play on Vietnam in the nation,” by The Vietnam Vets Association.

For more information and tickets, see the A Piece of My Heart show page.

City Series

Contempory theatre for mature audiences. Performed in the Cantey V. Sutton Theatre with reserved seating and the Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre with general admission. Thursday - Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 3pm

Mothers and Sons (contemporary drama)

By Terrence McNally

September 23 – October 9, 2016
Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre (General Admission)

A powerful story. A woman pays an unexpected visit to the New York apartment of her late son’s partner. He is now married to another man and has a young son. This mother is challenged to face how society has changed around her. Generations collide as she revisits the past and begins to see the life her son might have led.

For more information and tickets, see the Mothers and Sons show page.

The Whipping Man (historical drama)

By Matthew Lopez

January 13 – 29, 2017
Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre (General Admission)

The Civil War is over. Throughout the South, slaves are being freed and soldiers are returning home. In one home, the annual celebration of Passover is celebrated by a young Confederate officer, who has been severely wounded, and two former slaves. However, the pain of enslavement will not be soothed by this tradition. Deeply buried secrets from the past refuse to be hidden forever, as the play comes to its thrilling conclusion.

For more information and tickets, see the Whipping Man show page.

Avenue Q (musical)

Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx.
Book by Jeff Whitty.

June 2 – 18, 2017
Cantey V. Sutton Theatre (Reserved Seating)

Recent college grad, Princeton, moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. Along with his new friends, Princeton struggles to find a job, date, and discover an ever-elusive purpose in life. Filled with gut-busting humor and a delightfully catchy score, not to mention puppets, this truly unique show has quickly become a favorite for audiences everywhere. Appropriate for Adult Audiences.

For more information and tickets, see the Avenue Q show page.

Family Series

Shows for the whole family. Performed in the Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre with general admission and the Cantey V. Sutton Theatre with reserved seating. Thursday & Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday & Sunday at 1pm & 5pm.

A Charlie Brown Christmas/Jingle Bell Jukebox (holiday musical)

A Charlie Brown Christmas By Charles M. Schulz
Based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson
Stage Adaptation by Eric Schaeffer
By Special Arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson

Jingle Bell Jukebox Arranged by Sally K. Albrecht, Jay Althouse, Andy Beck, Jeff Funk, Jill Gallina and Greg Gilpin
Title song and script by Andy Beck and Brian Fisher

October 28 – November 13, 2016
Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre (General Admission)

The classic animated television special comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation. Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the other Peanuts folk grapple with the real meaning of Christmas. Accompanied by a delightful medley of seasonal songs, this show will have the whole family singing along and put you in the holiday spirit!

For more information and tickets, see the Charlie Brown Christmas/Jingle Bell Jukebox show page.

When She Had Wings (fairy tale)

By Suzan Zeder

March 17 – April 2, 2017
Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre (General Admission)

A young girl dreams about taking flight in the makeshift airplane that she has built in her backyard. After a huge storm, she finds an elderly woman who looks and sounds like a bird, but who just might be Amelia Earhart. The mysterious lady has taken up residence in the cockpit. Using live sound and puppetry, this play reminds us that, with a little imagination, anything is possible.

For more information and tickets, see the When She Had Wings show page.

James and the Giant Peach (fairy tale)

From the book by Roald Dahl.
Dramatized by Richard R. George.

April 21 – 30, 2017
Cantey V. Sutton Theatre (Reserved Seating)

When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion, which results in a tremendous peach. The peach launches James on a journey of enormous proportions. He finds himself among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities, and he embarks on a dangerous voyage. Thanks to James’ quick wit and creative thinking, the residents learn to live and work together as a family.

For more information and tickets, see the James and the Giant Peach show page.

Teens on Stage

Bat Boy: The Musical (musical)

Book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming.
Music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe.

July 15 – 24, 2016
Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre (General Admission)

A half-boy/half-bat creature is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. He joins a family and is taught to act like a “normal” boy. Can he find true love with Shelley, the daughter of the local veterinarian, and will the town ever accept him?

For more information and tickets, see the Bat Boy: The Musical show page.

Holiday Musical

Cinderella (holiday musical)

Based on the fairy tale by Charles Perrault. Adaptation and lyrics by Jim Eiler. Music by Jim Eiler and Jeanne Bargy.

Cantey V. Sutton Theatre (Reserved seating)
December 2 – 18, 2016

This musical comedy is a holiday sugarplum for the whole family. Just the right mixture of comedy and romance can add the sparkle of magic to your holiday season. This visually stunning musical combines elegant costumes and scenery with singing, dancing, conniving step relatives, and resourceful fairy folk.

For more information and tickets, see the Cinderella show page.

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