The Lime Kiln Theater is rooted in and inspired by the magic of a natural, outdoor theater. In 1967, two Washington and Lee University students, Tommy Spencer and Don Baker, produced
From that summer season of one play, twelve performances, and an audience of 2,000, Lime Kiln expanded to an annual season peak of 74 performances of 4 plays and 23 concerts for an audience of nearly 25,000. Through Lime Kiln, artists have created and premiered 20 original scripts, and helped develop 8 works by other playwrights. In February 2012, the theater temporarily ceased operations due to challenging economic conditions. In 2014, a newly energized Lime Kiln board led by executive director, Spencer McElroy, undertook the challenge to bring the unique performance space back to life.
Thanks to you...
The 2014 and 2015 seasons were an enormous success. Lime Kiln served an audience of over 4,000 people throughout each summer, and almost every concert was sold out. Please join us again in 2016, as Lime Kiln will continue to offer music and performance art to fulfill its mission and serve residents of the Shenandoah Valley and beyond.
I was there!
Did you attend the one of this season's concerts and have a story or photograph to share with us? If so, let us know!
Interested in volunteering?
There are many opportunities available if you'd like to volunteer your time with Lime Kiln Theater. Fill out a short form and tell us about yourself.
Are you able to make a donation?
Kiln Theater was rekindled in 2014 as a volunteer-based organization. With substantial help from volunteers, our goal is to offer exciting and affordable concerts and theater events in an incredible venue, unlike any other in southwest Virginia. All donations from this web site will be used for maintenance and restoration of the Lime Kiln Theater site. Please consider making a donation today.