May 4th, 2018
The Travelin' McCourys
May 19th, 2018
June 9th, 2018
June 24th, 2018
Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers
June 28, 2018
with special guest Charley Crockett
Not included with the Season Pass
July 7th, 2018
Darrell Scott Bluegrass Band
August 4th, 2018
The Seldom Scene
August 31st, 2018
John Doyle and Friends
September 22nd, 2018
Hoopla Presents: Love Canon
The last four seasons were an enormous success. Lime Kiln Theater served an audience of over 4,000 people each summer, and almost every concert was sold out. Please join us again in 2018, as we continue to offer music and performance art; fulfilling our mission to serve residents of the Shenandoah Valley and beyond.
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 A Midsummer Night’s Dream in an abandoned, turn-of-the-century lime quarry and kiln located in Lexington, VA. Fifteen years later, Tommy Spencer convinced the owner of the site containing the quarry to donate the use of the land for the establishment of an arts organization. After thousands of volunteer hours to clear the brambles, thickets, and rubble and to build the stage, the first season was presented in 1984.
From that summer season of one play, 12 performances, and an audience of 2,000, Lime Kiln expanded to an annual season peak of 74 performances of four 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 eight 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.
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Give to Lime Kiln!
Lime 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 tax-deductible gift today.
Lime Kiln Arts, Inc. is a non-profit (501c3), operating at Lime Kiln Theater in Lexington. It opened in 1984 and is rooted in and inspired by the magic of a natural, outdoor theater.