The First Night Ride 2019 will be taking place in the Cotsolds on 7th & 8th September. We will meet at 10 am at RAF Hendon, take a scenic ride to Gloucester where we will stay overnight at the Premier Inn and part ways at lunch time on Sunday.

Brenda and David Edelstein have organised every ride so far but are now looking for someone new to take the helm. If you’d like to support the TTG by organising the First Night Ride in 2020 please get in touch.

about us

The First Night Ride is a biennial tour of theatres around the UK on motorcycles and classic cars that raises money for The Theatrical Guild, the only charity dedicated to looking after the interests of Backstage and Front of House personnel. The first ride took place in June 2010.



Dara Ó Briain is a Trustee of the Theatres Trust. This picture was taken at the 2014 ITEAC conference and is courtesy of origin8photography and Catherine Cooper events.

start of the 2011 ride with police escort

Police Escorted FNR Motorbike Ride from The National Theatre to Bury St Edmunds - this video only shows up to Tower Bridge.


On the road

Each participant will be responsible for their own, petrol, food and accommodation costs, however we negotiate group discounts and special deals to minimise the expenditure. A number of the places we are visiting and our sponsor companies will provide some hospitality and assistance along the way. See our sponsors page for the current listing. There will be at least one chase vehicle taking part to follow the ride. The chase vehicle can carry the luggage you don’t need during the day and can provide shelter for pillion if required.

Essentially this is a road trip by technicians, actors and supporters in aid of theatre technicians and FOH personnel, visiting interesting theatres. It is a win win situation for a very worthy cause; the TTG is 125 years old this year. For more information about the TTG click here. The First Night riders is organised by a group of people headed by Brenda and David Edelstein, see the contact page. 

ride with us

The 2019 ride is a 2 day event and is open to anyone with a motorcycle, classic vehicle or regular car. Vehicles should have at least a 100 mile range to minimise fuel stops. Each person must donate £75 to the TTG and pay £52 for their hotel room.