Riding Lights is proud to have been an independent touring company throughout its history, never dependent on public subsidy. It is supported financially by a network of people across the world – its Members – who value the company's work, and individual productions have been co-funded by a variety of theatres, arts organisations and charities.

World premieres in recent years have included African Snow, a co-production with York Theatre Royal, marking the 200th anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act (York Theatre Royal, West End transfer and national tour), Augustus Carp Esq. By Himself (Friargate Theatre), Dick Turpin (Friargate Theatre) and Artistic Director Paul Burbridge's adaptation of Jerome K Jerome's Three Men in a Boat (a national tour co-produced with the Northcott Theatre, Exeter).

Frequently characterised by quirky satire, Riding Lights' productions challenge audiences to engage with current issues, often examining the reverberations of historical events in today's society. Classic plays such as Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale (two national tours), Ben Jonson's The Alchemist (the inaugural production at Friargate Theatre) Dario Fo's Mistero Buffo (Friargate Theatre and national tour) and Max Frisch's The Fire Raisers (Bridewell Theatre, London) have found fresh and arresting relevance in Riding Lights productions.

Regular tours of new and devised work by Riding Light have established a huge network of non-theatre venues across the UK, attracting large, loyal audiences not necessarily accustomed to traditional theatre, and addressing issues such as international debt relief, terrorism, science and faith, social responsibility and safe water provision.

Riding Lights has always produced inspirational theatre for young people, including annual Christmas tours for primary-age children and their families.

With its roots in community theatre, Riding Lights maintains a commitment to providing theatre in the heart of communities nationwide through its Roughshod companies.

The company is dedicated to providing educational opportunities, through its annual Summer Theatre School, its Youth Theatres and a new Youth Theatre for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

Riding Lights Theatre Company’s mission is to create unforgettable, entertaining theatre which challenges us all to examine the world we inhabit and the ways we live amongst each other.


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Riding Lights is a Registered Charity (Number 1070142)