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Burning Coal Theatre

224 Polk Street, Raleigh, NC 27604
919 834 4001
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Ranked #20 of 75 Attractions in Raleigh
Type: Theaters
Traveler Description: Burning Coal Theatre Company's Meymandi Theatre at the Murphey School offers an inspiring, interactive theatre experience.  Enjoy professional... more »
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georgia
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134 reviews 134 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

My cousin was part of summer program which produced Shakespeare's A Midsummers Night Dream. This play was not put on at the theater ,but staged outside nearby at the Mordecai House on the grounds. I will never look at a play the same way. The audience was involved in the play, and we moved from area to area on the... More

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Raleigh, NC
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Excellent acting and wonderful and unique shows to see. Seating is cozy and you can see everything from most seats. I love this venue.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

I've been to about 5 productions over the past two years and have enjoyed each and every one. I always wonder what kind of staging they can do in such a small space and I'm always pleasantly surprised. Acting is great and there is not a bad seat in the house. Parking is easy and free.

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Baltimore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

My daughter participated in a teen Shakespeare conservatory here this summer. Raleigh is a lovely city reminiscent of my days spent in my grandmother's sleepy Southern hometown. My DD had a wonderful time in Raleigh and learned invaluable acting techniques from the Burning Coal staff. It was utterly amazing to see how talented these kids were to pull together a... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

I've seen a couple shows here at this "intimate" theatre, and they have always been a treat. There isn't a bad seat in the house, and from most, you can almost reach out to touch the performers. Edgy material keeps this on my list of places to keep up with current shows at.

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Morrisville, North Carolina
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

I went with a couple of friends to watch a Harry Potter based play - HufflePuffed. It is close to downtown so dinner plans afterwards are possible.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

This is such an amazing theatre company! They are creative and innovative. You definitely have to see a show here!!

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Cary, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

We attended a Burning Coal production for the first time this past week; the 2-part adaptation of Thomas Hardy's "Jude the Obscure" (as a musical, no less). The acting was excellent. The whole experience really transported you to late 19th-century England. We will certainly be returning for other plays in the future.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

Wonderful theatre in downtown Raleigh which holds live productions about every 6 to 8 weeks. Some of the plays are brand new world premieres and some are classics but they are always enjoyable. The theater is small enough so that members of the audience feel that they are on the front row, even when they are not. The acting is... More

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Cary, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2011

I've been to many performances at Burning Coal, including seeing "Enron" this past weekend. "Enron" is an excellent example of the unusual and well acted shows they produce. The space is so small you are always close to the action. They consistently perform plays no one else in this area is doing - often edgy and daring, but always engaging.... More

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