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2016/2017 20th Anniversary Season Subscriptions are now available. Buy yours today – and enjoy special anniversary perks* in addition to a 20% savings off single-ticket prices! Your Main Stage subscription will include a ticket to each of our 4 Main Stage Shows.  Subscribe today and join Burning Coal as it heats up downtown with a season of excitement, passionate energy and fun.   Warning:  Thoughts will be provoked!  

Skylight – October 6– 23, 2016
Written by David Hare
Directed by John Gulley

Written on the Heart ·  Dec 1 – 18, 2016
Written by David Edgar
Directed by Jerome Davis

Heisenberg ·  Jan 19 – Feb 5, 2017
Written by Simon Stephens
Directed by Emily Ranii

The Royale ·  April 6 – 23, 2017
Written by Marco Ramirez
Directed by Avis HatcherPuzzo

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Rode Hard


BCT 20th Anniversary Kickoff





Rode Hard the Band will rock the Murphey School on Sunday, September 18, from 2 to 5 pm. as Burning Coal celebrates the start of its 20th anniversary season. Come for great music in a great venue and celebrate with us! Tickets are free to 2016/2017 season subscribers or $10 general admission.  All proceeds will go to Burning Coal’s roof-replacement fund. Click here to subscribe. Or call the theatre at 919-834-4001 to purchase tickets to the kickoff. 

Rode Hard the band is so named because its members are, as they say, “men of a certain age.”

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Dance Workshop – Blankenbuehler

Blankenbuehler Hip Hop Flyer Burning Coal Theatre Company presents a dance workshop in The Andy Blankenbuehler Hip Hop Style (September 4, 5 and 6 from 6:30 to 8 pm) at Burning Coal Theatre Company, 224 Polk Street, Raleigh taught by professional actor/singer/dancer Beth Anderson.  Blankenbuehler is best known for his work on the Broadway/Public Theatre production of Lin Manuel Miranda’s  Hamilton.  Workshop cost $150.  Enrollment is limited. To enroll call 919.834.4001. For more information, visit us online at Read More »

DARK VANILLA JUNGLE at the Camden Fringe Festival

Dark Vanilla Jungle

(Photo by Tiphaine Betscher)


Burning Coal Theatre at the Camden Fringe Festival – August 10 – 14, 2016
Cockpit Theatre, London, England

Burning Coal Theatre Company of Raleigh, North Carolina returns to the Cockpit with Philip Ridley’s brutal 70 minute “Dark Vanilla Jungle”.  

A scalding play about a young woman trying to come to terms with a terrible breach of trust.

In November, 2014, Burning Coal brought over David Edgar’s roaring Iron Curtain Trilogy (4-stars, Michael Billington, Guardian).

The company returns with Philip Ridley’s quietly devastating masterpiece.

Wednesday 10th to Saturday 13th August – 9:00pm
Sunday 14th August – 8:30pm

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New Director of Education

Jennifer Markowitz

Burning Coal Theatre Company is proud to announce that Jennifer L. Markowitz will be joining us in 2016/17 as Director of Education.

Jennifer Markowitz
is thrilled about her move to Raleigh to serve as Director of Education at Burning Coal Theatre Company.  She recently worked as Head of the Theatre Arts program at the William Inge Center for the Arts/Independence Community College, where she taught most of the classes within the department each term and directed each main-stage show as well as a student cabaret series.  She co-directed the 34th Annual William Inge Theatre Festival & Conference honoring Donald Margulies and curated/directed for the annual Scenes at the Inge House with students from colleges and high schools in and around Kansas performed throughout William Inge’s childhood home.  Read More »