The Selfish Giant

This Christmas we can’t come to you but we can still bring exciting entertainment into every classroom with our online version of this hugely popular show…

The Giant is angry. He’s been away for a long time and returns to find children – children! – playing in his beautiful garden!

Every day after school, they come and run about, laughing and playing games under the blossom on his peach trees, listening to the delightful songs of the birds. So, he puts up a big wall and an even bigger KEEP OUT notice to put a stop to all that. Then winter seizes the garden in its icy fingers…  

Will its grip ever be broken?

Suitable for all primary year groups, through vivid storytelling, original music, puppetry and humour, Riding Lights brings you a brilliant story of things changing for the better.  No one can be left unaffected by this inspiring tale of love and generosity, which embodies the true spirit of the Christmas season.  

Delivered in three 15 minute films (each with suggestions for creative follow-up activities), this engaging show can be viewed on separate occasions or watched in one sitting.  There is even an opportunity, for those who book early enough, for a final Virtual Visit to your school from the story-telling Giants themselves! 

Riding Lights has an outstanding reputation for bringing memorable shows to family audiences both nationally and in Yorkshire.

‘That was really fantastic. They’ve had such a good time.’  Teacher, Cawood 

‘Five stars.’ ‘No, ten hundred stars.’  Children, Norton

‘Perfectly pitched for this age group, it was wonderful. The children were so engaged.’ Head Teacher, Kirkbymoorside

adapted from Oscar Wilde by Jon Boustead
Director Paul Burbridge
Designer Anna Gooch

Discover the episodes

Order The Selfish Giant for your school today

Got questions? Looking for The Selfish Giant for use at home or in other contexts? Get in touch with Bethan to find out more on or 01904 655317
If cost is a barrier for your school, please get in touch with us to discuss options.

My Place: announcing a future Riding Lights Tour

a new play by Bridget Foreman on adoption and fostering

in partnership with Home for Good



Touring dates to be announced later this year. If you are interested in finding out about hosting a performance, please contact Riding Lights on

Right Here Right Now: ONLINE

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

RHRN Summer Edition
3 August 2020
8pm – £5
For the first time: Online!
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York’s own comedy improv night is back with its own brand of sensational silliness based on audience suggestions, and this time, it’s ONLINE!

Come with the ideas and our merry band of improvisers turn them into chaotic comedy to kickstart everyone’s week. It’s funny, it’s foolish 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!

This event is part of the Summer Theatre School online and therefore we have very limited tickets on offer. Book soon to avoid disappointment!
If you’re booked on to STSo, you don’t need to book a ticket.

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If you have any questions please contact the Box Office on or leave a message on 01904 613000. Tickets are on a first come, first served allocation. Joining instructions for the event will be sent to the supplied email address, which will be required to register in advance.
Ticketholders: if you not been sent joining instructions 48 hours before the event please contact the office on