Yep. You heard right, Lime Kiln is BACK with a Summer 2021 Concert Series. We sure missed all of you in 2020, and we've been hard at work developing a season plan that is safe for all, compliant with state guidelines, and still provides that same Lime Kiln experience we all know and love.
We are planning to announce our season schedule in early April, and will be releasing more details before then. So watch this space and make plans now to join us starting June 19th for some incredible live music under the stars. We can't wait to see you there.
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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.
The past six seasons have been 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 2021, 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.
I was there!
Did you attend one of our concerts and have a story or photograph to share with us? If so, let us know!