Plan your Visit

Plan your Visit

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. 

*Indoor events Beginning with our June, 2022 theatre performances BCT will require audience members to wear a high-quality mask (3-ply surgical, KN95, N95) in lieu of checking vaccination status, and we will offer 3-ply surgical or KN95 masks to audience members as needed.  (see details here).

*Outdoor events Masks are recommended, not required. (see details here).

All seating is general admission. To request accessible seating, please call us at (919) 834-4001 or email


(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.

Burning Coal’s first priority is the safety of our community. Our requirements are designed to help protect audiences, staff, artists, and volunteers, while continuing to present the live, visceral experiences you expect. 

Indoor events Beginning with our June, 2022 theatre performances BCT will require audience members to wear a high-quality mask (3-ply surgical, KN95, N95) in lieu of checking vaccination status, and we will offer 3-ply surgical or KN95 masks to audience members as needed. We are continuing to limit our audience capacity to 50%.

Masks are recommended for outdoor events, not required.

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.  

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

Burning Coal’s theatre is accessible to those in wheelchairs.  If you are interested in a signed or audio described performance, please call us with plenty of advance notice at 919.834.4001.  We do have available digital scripts in advance if you’d like to read one ahead of your arrival.  Because we do not own the exterior of our building, there are no designated parking spaces for people with limited mobility, but you can be dropped off just at our front door if you arrive with someone else.  If not, let us know at 919.834.4001 and we’ll plan to meet you in the parking lot and escort you to your seat.  If you need that type of help, please call us or arrive 30 minutes prior to curtain so we can be sure to get you in.

In addition, our website utilizes an accessibility interface. It is a white human-shaped icon in the upper left corner of this page and all pages on our site. Simply click to adjust our site’s settings to aid use and enjoyment for a wide range of populations. Our goal is to be accessible in all ways for all people. If there is something we could be doing better, please let us know:


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