Raleigh Little Theatre is home to three performance venues (Cantey V. Sutton Theatre, Louise “Scottie” Stephenson Amphitheatre, Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre) and the Raleigh Rose Garden. These venues can be reserved for special events and outside performances, but availability is limited. We also occasionally have rehearsal space available to rent by the hour. Learn more below!
Raleigh Rose Garden
The Raleigh Rose Garden is a lovely backdrop for weddings and special events! Learn more about the Rose Garden here.
The outdoor Stephenson Amphitheatre was completed in 1939 and can seat up to 2,000 guests. It’s a gorgeous natural backdrop for events and performances. Information about technical capabilities can be provided upon request. Please note: this space requires a rental for event use. Please do not set up events without prior booking and permission. We understand the increased desire to hold outdoor events over the past year, but rentals must go through the proper channels. Organized events set up without authorization will be shut down.
Cantey V. Sutton Theatre
RLT’s Sutton Theatre was completed in 1939 with lobby space added in the late 1990s. The restroom facilities will undergo a renovation in Spring 2021 to increase accessibility and function. The theatre seats up to 298 guests. Information about technical capabilities can be provided upon request.
Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre
The Gaddy-Goodwin is a black box theatre that can be arranged in multiple ways and can accommodate up to 150 seated guests. It was completed in 1989 but updated in 2017. The lobby features a wall of glass accordion doors that can be fully opened to a balcony overlooking the Rose Garden.
As of February 2021, the base prices for rentals at Raleigh Little Theatre are:
Outdoor Rentals (3 hour minimum rental required)
- First three hours: $410
- Additional hours: $145 each
- Electricity: $15 per hour
Stephenson Amphitheatre (no tech)
- First three hours: $300
- Additional hours: $100 each
- Electricity: $15 per hour
Indoor Rentals – Daily Rates (up to 8 hours)
- Lobby: $600
- Theatre (work lights only): $250
- Theatre (some tech*): $400
- Weekly rental: $1,600
- Lobby: $150
- Theatre (work lights only): $300
- Theatre (some tech*): $500
- Weekly rental: $2,000
*Tech services are only available with prior approval from Raleigh Little Theatre.
Fees for having an Event Staff Manager on site or for any additional tech needs may apply. Discounts may be available for nonprofit organizations. Please inquire to learn more!
Our venues are best suited for small, simple events. Weekend availability is extremely limited for rentals due to the theatre’s production schedule. We are more likely able to accommodate events held during the week and/or during normal working hours as we often cannot host a rental if there is a show, event, class, or rehearsal occurring on our campus in the same time frame.
We are currently booking events through June 30, 2023.
Just interested in having some pictures taken? Professional photographers are welcome to have sessions in the amphitheatre and Rose Garden, however, all commercial film or photography taking place in a City of Raleigh Park requires a permit. You can apply for an annual film permit directly through the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department. This is a one year permit and covers all City of Raleigh Parks.
Contact us to learn more
For further information (including rental restrictions, date availability, insurance, alcohol permits, etc.), contact the Special Event Coordinator by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 919-821-4579 x 320.
Outdoor Event Photo Gallery
Scroll below to see some photos featuring events held on RLT’s outdoor campus! Click each photo to learn more about the featured photographer and please consider booking them for your special events. If you are a photographer and would like your photos included here, please email email@example.com for more information.