Hamlet- An Experience

“Sigfusdottir’s adaptation and Carding’s sensitive interpretation provide a shortcut to the empathy that many Hamlets crave but seldom achieve.

The Stage

After breaking new ground with their award-winning Richard III (A One Woman Show), Brite Theater are once again reinventing Shakespearean performance with their adaptation of Hamlet directed by Kolbrun Bjort Sigfusdottir. Emily Carding plays Hamlet and you, the audience, are the players arriving at Elsinore.

Journey through the play together and become immersed in the story like never before. Hamlet has the questions. Do you have the answers?
Nominated for several awards at Prague and Edinburgh Fringe, Hamlet (an experience) was one of the winners of the Fringe Encore Series and had a successful run at the Soho Playhouse off-Broadway in November 2018.

Nominated for several awards at Prague and Edinburgh Fringe, Hamlet (an experience) was one of the winners of the Fringe Encore Series and had a successful run at the Soho Playhouse off-Broadway in November 2018

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This performance is part of the York International Shakespeare Festival.

Friargate Theatre, York
May 15 8pm & May 16 11am // 2pm
Tickets £10 / £8
01904 613000 or Book Online


Throughout the 16th and 17th centuries William Shakespeare wrote 37 plays with a staggering 1,191 individual characters: 147 women and 1,044 men. This is one story about six of those women, from different parts of the world, and even different times. Shakespeare, little did he know, that centuries later, his characters will come together, off the page once more. But this time just for dinner. Although it is never just dinner, is it?   

“an honest description of the true complexity that lies behind female relationships. In a meeting of six different characters from Shakespeare, they stirred all the emotions like ingredients in a pot in a magical atmosphere…..”

Feast premiered at The International Shakespeare Festival in Gdansk, Poland (2017), and has since been seen at the Voila! European Theatre Festival, and most recently at the Romanian Cultural Centre, London. It has also been translated into Polish.

Feast is the first play by Olivia Negrean, a Romanian actress and theatre practitioner, based in London. 

This produciton is part of the York International Shakespeare Festival

Performance Details
Friargate Theatre, York
11 May 2pm // 5pm
12 May 5pm
Tickets £10/£8
Call 01904 613000 or Book Online

All’s Well That Ends Well

it’s a class act – in love, sex and war

Everyone is treating everyone else remarkably badly – so sisters are doing it for themselves, in Shakespeare’s surprisingly socially aware comedy for 1603.  As long as some of it is kept in the dark.

Two teenagers make their way in a dangerous world of pointless conflicts, capricious leaders, outbursts of intense continental emotion… and singing.  He’s in the limelight, she’s in the shadows, one of them is desperately in love.

In the spirit of this International Festival, Riding Lights invites you to spend a jolly evening with them over in France, as they streamline All’s Well into a sharp 90 minutes of breathless trips across Europe, chasing true love, honour, Italian girls and solutions to a couple of frankly impossible tasks.

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Directed by Paul Burbridge 
Designed by Sean Cavanagh

Friargate Theatre, York   May 9 – 18
Tickets: £10 / £8
01904 613000 or Book Online

Friday 10th8pm
Saturday 11th8pm
Monday 13th8pm
Tuesday 14th11am // 8pm
Wednesday 15th11am // 2pm
Thursday 16th8pm
Friday 17th8pm
Saturday 18th5pm // 8pm

Richard III: Exploring the man behind the myth

A unique day conference raising funds for the A Voice for Richard project

History is based on story-telling and is often the version told by the winning side. The playwright is commissioned and “chronicles” their time for future generations to consider.

This one-off event also includes an opportunity to hear from some of the team who are currently working to give King Richard III a literal voice. Voice specialists, scientists, medical consultants and linguists are working in a pioneering collaboration to give “life” to the cranio-facial reconstruction of King Richard III. Hear about their progress to date and the evidence they are uncovering.

The day will appeal to anyone with an interest in Richard III, medieval history, linguistics, craniofacial reconstruction as well as drama, Shakespeare and the writer’s craft.

Speakers on a variety of topics through the day include Phillipa Langley M.B.E., Yvonne Morley-Chisholm, Bridget Foreman, and Nigel Forde. More information about the event can be found here.

Key Details:
Friargate Theatre, Lower Friargate, York YO1 9SL
Saturday 27 April 2019 | 10.00 – 16.30 (9.30 registration)
£25 per person (including teas and coffees). Additional £7 for picnic lunch if required.

Tickets & Enquiries:

A Voice for Richard, 28, Hanworth Road, Hampton, Middlesex. TW12 3DL
Email: yvonne@yourvoicebox.co.uk Phone: 07714 661939

Further details can be found here and a ticket booking form is here.

This is a fund-raising event for the A Voice for Richard project.
PLEASE NOTE: Places are limited so early booking is advised.

Friargate Scratch

COMING SOON: The first ever Friargate Scratch will be on Friday April 26th at 7.30pm.

Tickets £5

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Friargate Scratch is an evening of variety, fun and new work. It’s a chance for new artists to try out new material in a friendly and supportive environment. We welcome all genres, theatre, film, photography, dance, stand-up, music at all stages of development.

Friargate Theatre is the home of Riding Lights Theatre Company which has an enviable reputation for developing new work. We love to celebrate imagination and innovation. and we are excited to be the first to see what York’s very talented artists are making.

Are you a new artist looking to try out some work?  Email esther@rltc.org to find out more about taking part!

We will offer:

  • basic technical support
  • a 10 minute slot in the evening to share your work in progress with the audience
  • written audience feedback to take away

You should provide: (details by email to rob@rltc.org)

  • any props the performance requires – we can provide basic wooden chairs on request in advance
  • all technical requirements with one week’s notice
  • be available from 3pm on the day for tech and rehearsal – timings can be negotiated with the theatre one week in advance.

Wilde at Heart

Oscar hates stories, but when he disturbs Once, Upon and A Time, his world is thrown upside down as he learns about courage, greed and forgiveness…

Join the Junior Youth Theatre cast this spring as they stage this fantastic adaptation of Oscar’s Wilde’s The Star-Child.

Thursday 4 April & Friday 5 April
7.30pm, Friargate Theatre, York
£8/ £6 Concession

01904 613000 or Book Online

Run Time: 45 minutes

The Narrow Road in York

Riding Lights Theatre Company is pleased to announce a revival of their acclaimed passion play The Narrow Road by Paul Birch, during the season of Lent 2019.

Amid the heat and beauty of ancient Palestine, a man stands on a dusty road. An extraordinary journey will take place, retracing the footsteps of Jesus through a world of miracles and madness, violence and liberation. As the Narrow Road is walked, this turbulent world is turned upside down and its inhabitants confronted by an unexpected and surprising vision.

Easter Resources for 2019

Add Drama to Easter is a delightful follow-on from our successful Christmas resource, Add Drama to Christmas (do you sense a theme?)! This new downloadable resource has ten classic Riding Lights sketches which spotlight significant personal encounters with the world-turned-upside-down story of Easter… encounters with Jesus that were life-changing.

These sketches have different styles and energy – they are moving, punchy, sometimes humorous and give a few unexpected perspectives on the familiar gospel events…

A tax-collector dishes out generous rebates, the owner of the Palm Sunday donkey feels somehow complicit in Jesus’s death, Barabbas watches a man die on a cross that was made for him, a thief finds the doors to Paradise unlocked, a private investigator is challenged to locate a missing corpse, daffodils discuss the likelihood of life after death…

All these pieces are tried, tested and easy to stage with a few enthusiastic actors and readers. Some have appeared in print before and have been updated, others are released here for the first time.

Keep watching for more collections of sketches to be made available in the coming months.

Get our Easter resources from the shop…

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Right Here Right Now: March


“Fast, funny, unpredictable and chaotic.
This show…should be added to every comedy fan’s calendar’
York Mix

York’s own comedy improv night is back with its own brand of sensational silliness based on audience suggestions.

You come with the ideas and our merry band of improvisers instantly turn them into chaotic comedy to kickstart everyone’s weekend. It’s funny, it’s foolish, it’s fit for family audiences, and it really does make it up as it goes along.

Join us for music, mayhem and muppetry in an unforgettable and absolutely unrepeatable evening of joy-filled nonsense… it wouldn’t be the same without you!

Friday 29 March

Tickets: £5
Box Office: 01904 613000 or

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Please note there is a £1.50 per transaction charge if booking online. There is no transaction charge if booking by phone or in person through the Riding Lights Box Office. If you would like your tickets posted to you then there is a 50p charge to cover postage costs