The First Night Ride 2018 will be taking place in Scotland from the 21st June to the 26th June. We will meet for dinner on the evening of the 21st at Chester. Join us for some or all of the week, this one is sure to be a trip to remember.

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 2018 ride is a 6 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 should aim to raise at least £500 in donations to the TTG of which £100 is a non refundable registration fee. The event is also open  on a daily basis as not everyone will have the time for the full trip. The day rate is £25 which is a non refundable registration fee.