Stephenson Amphitheatre at Raleigh Little Theatre (©Paul Cory/Raleigh Little Theatre)
Settle into the Stephenson Amphitheatre to enjoy outdoor theater in an intimate setting that has its own interesting story to tell. Raleigh Little Theatre was created in 1936, during the Great Depression, as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal project to put unemployed people to work, restore their dignity and aid in the nation’s economic recovery. President Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration agency also commissioned the amphitheater — which sits behind the main theater building — and adjacent Rose Garden, as part of the original New Deal Project. The theater remains one of the oldest continuously operating community theaters in the country. The amphitheater began hosting shows in 2014, after stopping for a few years.
In the spring or summer, savor a stroll through the Raleigh Rose Garden, where perfume and peacefulness linger in the air. One of three accredited gardens in the Carolinas, it is the display garden for all new roses presented by the All American Rose Society and includes more than 50 varieties of roses from hybrid teas to miniatures to antiques.