Friargate Theatre

Riding Lights moved into its first permanent home, Friargate Theatre in the heart of York, in 1999. It opened to the public in May 2000 with the company’s production of Ben Jonson’s classic satire, The Alchemist.

The building features a 100-seat studio theatre on the first floor, a ground-floor rehearsal room which doubles as a 50-seat cafe-style performance space, administration and workshop space, as well as a cafe-bar.

As well as being Riding Lights’ base for creating touring theatre, Friargate’s versatility means it functions as a film studio and small scale cinema space with state-of-the-art projection and sound system. Friargate is available to hire for your event – for more information contact Rachel Sanders at

Visit our Friargate What’s On page to find upcoming shows on at Friargate Theatre

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You can contact us at Friargate on:

Riding Lights Theatre Company
Friargate Theatre
Lower Friargate
York, YO1 9SL

Tel. 01904 655317
Fax. 01904 651532