About the Theatre:

Plan Your Visit

Downtown Raleigh:
224 Polk Street, Raleigh NC 27604

Burning Coal Theatre is based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Home to visceral live theatre, guest playwrights, and events, the Murphey School Auditorium is rich with history and art. More information on the building, parking and how to get here is below. 

For all accessibility details, click here.

*Indoor events Beginning April 06, 2023, the wearing of masks will be optional.  High-quality masks (3-ply surgical, KN95, N95) will still be provided to any audience member that wishes to wear one. (see details here).

All seating is general admission – first-come, first serve (you get to pick your own seat when you arrive!).

To request accessible seating, please call us at (919) 834-4001 or email development@burningcoal.org.


(prices vary for Second Stage, fundraisers, and other events)

REGULAR           $30

SENIOR (65+)      $25



$20 (all tickets $20 on Thursdays)


$5 tickets for students 18 & under for all Thursday & Friday night performances (must present a valid ID for each ticket)**


$5 tickets for college students on the First Friday performance. See them marked on our calendar here. (must present a valid ID for each ticket)


Name your price per ticket at the first Sunday performance. See them marked on our calendar here. (only available at the door, 1hr before showtime until we are sold out)


MAIN STAGE SUBSCRIPTION $90 (25% Off Regular Ticket Price)

BREAKFAST CLUB SUBSCRIPTION $120 (includes Second Stage + Breakfast with the Artistic Director)

*must show a valid school ID at the door

**must show a valid ID at the door, applicable until sold out, please check individual show pages for content warnings and recommended audience ages, valid for Main Stage and Second Stage 2022-2023 Season, please call (919) 834-4001 for more details

Burning Coal Theatre Company is located at 224 Polk Street, Raleigh, NC 27604. 

During performances, there is a big open parking lot adjacent to our theatre, and plenty of free street parking on Blount, Polk, Person and neighboring streets.  Watch for special signage to avoid ticketing.  You cannot park in the big parking lot on weekdays before 5 pm.  Please do not park on the South Side of the theatre.  Those spaces are reserved for our neighbors at the Murphey School Apartments.  SEE BELOW FOR DIRECTIONS TO THE THEATRE.

The Burning Coal Board of Directors voted on the following COVID-19 precautions beginning with our April 2023 performances:

Indoor events: Beginning with our April 2023 theatre performances, the wearing of face masks will be optional.  High-quality masks (3-ply surgical, KN95, N95) will be provided to any audience member that wishes to wear one.

Outdoor events: Face masks are recommended.  We are no longer checking proof of vaccination.

See more details about our COVID-19 Safety Protocols by clicking here.

Hey, here’s an idea.  Want to come early, find a good parking space, and take one of several lovely walks around our area?  If so, please proceed at your own risk, but do know there are many great areas for walking and many cool destinations within a quick walk.  Just remember the house opens 15-20 minutes before showtime, and all seating is first come, first served.

Here’s a couple spots we recommend:

– New! Walk to North Carolina’s Freedom Park through downtown (~15 minutes)

– Walk through the historic Oakwood Neighborhood and the Historic Oakwood Cemetery (~30 minutes)

– Walk through the grounds of William Peace University (~20 minutes)

Please call us at 919.834.4001 or email info@burningcoal.org with your unique accessibility needs. We are happy to welcome you to our theatre.

We have many accessibility services that are all provided free of charge. Please click here to go to our accessibility webpage.


From I-40 E

  1. Take Wade Ave exit (one direction only)
  2. Take the Glenwood Ave ramp and turn right on Glenwood Ave
  3. Turn left on Peace St
  4. Turn right on Blount St
  5. Turn left on Polk St

From North Raleigh

  1. Take Capital Blvd South
  2. Get off on the Peace Street exit and turn right twice at bottom of ramp onto Peace Street
  3. Turn right on Blount St
  4. Turn left on Polk St

From Cary

  1. Take US 1 & 64 North toward 440
  2. Follow to merge onto 440 (inner beltline)
  3. Get off at Western Blvd exit heading east (toward NC State)
  4. Western Blvd becomes MLK Blvd
  5. Turn left on Person St
  6. Turn left on Polk St