Burning Coal Cabaret Nights 2020

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Mar 20 – Mar 21, 2020

TICKETS $35 apiece

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Burning Coal’s spring cabaret will feature performances by some of your favorite area stage performers.  Tickets are $35 apiece).  The evening will include a cash bar and an extraordinary evening of performers giving their all in tangy renditions of some of your favorite Broadway showtunes! Read More »

Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson

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Apr 9 – Apr 26, 2020

Written by Lauren Gunderson

Directed by Rebecca Holderness

Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm.

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 by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Rebecca Holderness
Lauren Gunderson’s funny and charming play about Henrietta Leavitt, a woman who wanted nothing but to be allowed to work in the field of her choice, astronomy.  But when she began at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, women weren’t even allowed to touch a telescope, let alone take credit for the awesome discover that she would soon make.

2020-2021 Season at Burning Coal

Burning Coal Theatre Company is proud to announce its 2020/2021 Season, Going Places!, a season of plays about people who are on the move, setting out for new horizons, new destinies, and new hopes. 

TO SUBSCRIBE NOW, CLICK HERE or call us at 919.834.4001

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A HUNDRED WORDS FOR SNOW by Tatty Hennessy/dir. by Jerome Davis
October 8 – 25, 2020
When the 15 year old Rory experiences loss for the first time in her young life, it inspires her to set out on a journey to honor a lost friend.  Her brain is telling her, don’t go, don’t go!  But her heart knows that she must.





Evita image for websiteEVITA by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice / directed by Lillian White
December 3 – 20, 2020
Eva Peron is from the wrong side of the tracks.  But she ain’t stayin’ there long.  She’s on a one-way trajectory, and that one way is up.  If she has to kick a few people aside in the process, then so be it.  One of Webber’s best scores, this show contains “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina”, “A New Argentina”, “Another Suitcase, Another Hall” and “Buenos Aires”.




5th of July image for websiteFIFTH OF JULY by Lanford Wilson / directed by Jerome Davis
January 28 – February 14, 2021
In this ‘sequel’ to Talley’s Folly, the date is July 5th, the year is 1975, and Sally has returned home to deal with the family.  But can this family be dealt with?  And will Sally be able to cut loose from this old house once and for all, or will she find herself pulled back in by its charm, its danger, and its memories?  Burning Coal is proud to announce that Trish Hawkins, the original Sally Talley in the Broadway production of Talley’s Folly will reclaim the role, 30 years on, for which she is most known.



Three Sisters image for websiteTHE THREE SISTERS by Anton Chekhov / directed by Randolph Curtis Rand
April 8 – 25, 2021
Irina, Masha and Olga live a charmed life.  Their country estate is filled regularly with admirers, their younger brother dotes upon them, and the servants are at their beck and call.  But something is changing, something unspoken.  They sense it.  And they know that if they are going to go to Moscow, they had better go now.




To Subscribe to this Season, click here or call us at 919.834.4001. 

Tickets to the Mainstage (4 play season) are $80 apiece (a 20% savings off full priced tickets)
Tickets to the Breakfast Club Series (mainstage plus our 3 play second stage series) are $110
And if you subscribe to either of these series, you will receive a free ticket to our exciting NINETEENTH!, a celebration of the passage of this historic 19th Amendment (August 20 – 30, 2020).

Virtual Tour

Click here to take a VIRTUAL TOUR of Burning Coal Theatre!

After viewing, if you are interested in renting our space, give us a ring at 919.834.4001 or email us at coalartisticdir@ncrrbiz.com


We are committed to making our Theatre as accessible as possible for everyone.

To request specific accommodations or let us know how we can improve your experience call: (919) 834-4001 or email: coalartisticdir@ncrrbiz.com

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Four Corners Project

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RALEIGH, NC – With creative spaces at a premium throughout the Triangle, Burning Coal Theatre Company would like to announce the Four Corners Project, which will begin in its 2020/2021 season. This project will make available the Murphey School space for one week, four times a year to creative individuals or companies with innovative and exciting projects.  The projects should be either performance or visual art-related and should not involve a fee for its participants.  The projects do not have to include a performance, though they may, but should be focused on exploring issues around performance or the creation of art. Nothing is too ‘out there’! 

The four weeks that the space will be granted are August 31 – September 6, 2020, September 7 – 13, 2020, November 16 – 22, 2020, and December 28, 2020 – January 3, 2021. To apply, fill out the Google Form found on Burning Coal’s website (burningcoal.org) or click here. Submissions are due by March 15, 2020. Selected projects will be announced by the end of the month.

Fairest Creatures: The Sonnets of William Shakespeare

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Fairest Creatures:  The Sonnets of William Shakespeare is Raleigh, NC’s annual reading of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets.  Readers of all ages and from all walks of life participate by simply signing up.  Some just read their sonnet; others include such surprises as re-reading in a second language, singing (with or without musical accompaniment), making use of puppets, costumes, and/or props, or partnering with other readers for a bit of theatricality, . . .  
A celebration of Shakespeare’s Birthday (04/23), the event is always scheduled on the nearest Sunday and Monday evenings; we read 1-77 on Sunday and 78-154 on Monday.  Scheduled at 7:00 pm on April 19 & 20, Fairest Creatures 2020 will be our 5th reading.   TICKETS ARE FREE AND AVAILABLE ONLY AT THE DOOR.  For further information, please call 919-271-1801 or click here. Read More »