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Jim Davidson- 40 Years On
Friday 17th November at 7:30pm

Britains most controversial comedian celebrates an explosive 40 years in show business.

Jim brings to the stage for the first time a truly revealing and hilarious look at his life. From the triumphs to the tragedies.

Jim Davidson as you have never seen him before. A night not to be missed.



Jim Davidson- 40 Years On at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


Chequer Meads 21st Birthday Gala
Saturday 18th November at 7:30pm

Come and help celebrate Chequer Mead’s big 21st Birthday, as we welcome back performers who have graced our stage over the years as well as some of those who will be appearing soon too.

Acts include professional theatre stars performing West End numbers, local students from Roshe School of Dancing and Bullfrog Productions...


Chequer Meads 21st Birthday Gala at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


SSAFA presents...
Winter Concert
Tuesday 21st November at 7:30pm

The Winter Concert heralds the start of Christmas!

Brought to you by The Band of the Grenadier Guards, there will be a chance to join in with the singing of seasonal songs.

Book early to avoid disappointment and support SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen Families Association), who give essential assistance...


Winter Concert at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


Vienna Festival Ballet presents...
Sleeping Beauty
Wednesday 22nd November at 5:00pm and 8:00pm
A classic fairytale set to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, stunning choreography, beautiful costumes all combine to portray the struggle between good and evil.

The wicked Carbosse casts a spell on Princess Aurora proclaiming that she will one day prick her finger - and die.  The Lilac Fairy changes the spell,...

Sleeping Beauty at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


Caroline Wright School of Dance presents...
Let There Be Dance
Sunday 26th November at 2:00pm and 6:30pm

Watch the talented pupils from Caroline Wright School of Dance as they perform their biannual showcase.



This is a youth production.
Let There Be Dance at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


Afternoon Tea at the Movies: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Wednesday 29th November at 12:00am
Come and join us for another afternoon tea and cinema experience.

Starting off with an afternoon screening of “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”, the 1953 American musical comedy film, based on the 1949 stage musical and from the 1925 novel. The film stars Marilyn Monroe as the gold-digger ‘Lorelei Lee’, the role...

Afternoon Tea at the Movies: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


Chequer Mead Silver Screen presents...
Lion
Wednesday 29th November at 7:30pm
Five year old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple.

Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination,...

Lion at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


David Starkey presents...
Henry VIII - The First Brexiteer?
Thursday 30th November at 7:30pm

Henry VIII is the only king whose shape you remember.

He bestrides our history like a colossus and the decisions he took still reverberate today. The Reformation is the first Brexit; his ministers devised the doctrine of parliamentary sovereignty and his tumultuous personal life pitted religion against politics as brutally...

Henry VIII - The First Brexiteer? at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


Forbidden Nights
Friday 1st December at 8:00pm
Roll Up! Roll Up!

Back by popular demand Forbidden Nights return to Chequer Mead with their Sexy Circus and brand new show. Jam-packed with action from opener till finale, it will leave you on the edge of your seat!

Get ready for an evening of sultry delights and heart raising tricks with a seductive infusion...


Forbidden Nights at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


East Grinstead Choral Society presents...
Last Night of the Christmas Proms
Saturday 2nd December at 7:00pm

East Grinstead Choral Society presents its very own take on this highly popular musical occasion, but with a seasonal twist, accompanied by Arosa Brass Ensemble of London and Mezzo-Soprano Bryony Purdue.

You can expect all your favourite carols and other festive music, but you might be in for a surprise in the...


Last Night of the Christmas Proms at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


Forest Row Lifeboat Choir presents...
A Concert of Christmas
Tuesday 5th December at 2:00pm

The Forest Row Lifeboat Choir was formed in 1946 after the loss of the Rye Harbour Lifeboat, "Mary Stanford" and her 17 crew in 1928.

The brother of a crew member lived in Forest Row, met the village postman and moved by the disaster, they formed the choir to sing carols to raise funds for the RNLI which...


A Concert of Christmas at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


Christmas Concert – in the Pavilion
Tuesday 5th December at 7:30pm

Choirpower & the Greenstede Singers present their annual Christmas concert.

Join them for an evening of traditional and popular Christmas music, laced with some favourite show songs and some less well—known modern carols, all directed by Marion Shuster. 

Audience singalong is actively encouraged!


Christmas Concert – in the Pavilion at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


Estcots Primary School presents...
Baubles
Wednesday 6th December at 10:30am and 1:00pm

Estcots Primary school present their Nativity performance 'Baubles'


Baubles at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


NT Live presents...
Young Marx
Thursday 7th December at 7:00pm

Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London, this new comedy written by Richard Bean and directed by Nicholas Hytner, stars Rory Kinnear as Marx and Oliver Chris as Engels.

It’s 1850, and Karl Heinrich Marx, the 32 year old revolutionary, is a terrifying combination of intellectual brilliance, satiric wit and child-like...


Young Marx at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


East Grinstead Christmas Comedy Gala
Friday 8th December at 7:30pm

Quickly becoming the staple of the festive season, the East Grinstead Christmas Comedy Gala is now in its 3rd year! 

Join us for another hugely anticipated night of side-splitting comedy.

Our headliner is the brilliant JAMES ACASTER, the master of whimsical comedy.  Not only has James received a record...


East Grinstead Christmas Comedy Gala at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


West End at Christmas
Saturday 9th December at 7:30pm

Direct from its sold out tour last year…

Stars from the West End present a magical evening of entertainment featuring hits from the musicals and the best of Christmas song.

The talented cast have starred in many West End productions and national tours including Les Miserables, We Will Rock You, South Pacific,...


West End at Christmas at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


LP Creatives presents...
Beauty and the Beast Pantomime
Saturday 16th December to Sunday 31st December
Join us for exciting adventure this year...an adventure that will transport us to the 'Frrench' village of 'Marsh de Mello', where a love story is waiting to unfold that will tickle your French Fancy!

This spectacular show has all the elements you'd expect from a professional pantomime and...

 Beauty and the Beast Pantomime at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


The Time of their Lives
Thursday 25th January at 7:30pm

This feel-good character-driven comedy stars Golden Globe winner Joan Collins and BAFTA winner Pauline Collins.

Determined to gatecrash her ex-lover’s funeral in France, former Hollywood siren Helen escapes her London retirement home with the help of Priscilla, a repressed English housewife stuck in a dwindling...


The Time of their Lives at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


Ardingly Prep presents...
HONK!
Thursday 1st February to Saturday 3rd February

Ardingly Prep School perform the Stiles & Drewe memorable musical, Honk! 

This delightful show, based on the Hans Christian Andersen story of the Ugly Duckling, won the 2000 Olivier Award for Best Musical.

Ugly looks different from the other ducklings. He goes on an adventure of self-discovery, meeting...


This is a youth production.
HONK! at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


An Evening with Arsenal Legends
Tuesday 6th February at 8:00pm
 Three Arsenal legends grace our stage at to talk about their brilliant careers at Arsenal and what it’s like playing at the top level in the beautiful game.

Come and join Paul Merson, Alan Smith (both now Sky Sports pundits) and Perry Groves as they discuss games, dressing room/training ground stories, managers,...

An Evening with Arsenal Legends at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


Churchill
Thursday 8th February at 7:30pm

It’s June 1944 and Allied Forces stand on the brink war.

The exhausted and beleaguered British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill (Brian Cox) awaits the D-Day Normandy landings.  Fearful of repeating past mistakes like Gallipoli in 1915, he worries for another disaster. 

Behind the iconic figure and...


Churchill at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


Bon Giovi - the premier tribute band to Bon Jovi
Friday 9th February at 7:30pm
Bon Giovi blast onto the stage to perform the greatest hits from Bon Jovi’s extensive career, including Living On A Prayer, It's My Life, Wanted Dead or Alive, not to mention performing rare tracks that even Bon Jovi haven't performed for many years, as well as many others from every album ever produced in one amazing...

Bon Giovi - the premier tribute band to Bon Jovi at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


The Grumbleweeds Laughter Show
Saturday 10th February at 2:30pm

Join legendary comedy act 'The Grumbleweeds' for an afternoon of laughter, music, magic and more! 

It's a show that's full to the brim with of laugh-out-loud comedy routines, great female singer, a brilliant support comic, theatrical magic and fun for all the family! 

See exactly...


The Grumbleweeds Laughter Show at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


Magical Mozart by Candlelight
Wednesday 21st February at 7:30pm

From the producers of A Viennese Strauss Gala, this sumptuous fully costumed show immerses us in the wonderful music and the classical baroque world of one of the world’s greatest romantic composers- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

With beautiful settings, costumes, lighting, and of course candles, the European Baroque Ensemble...


Magical Mozart by Candlelight at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


Surrey Spring Show Society presents...
An Evening with Wocket Woy & The Producer plus Friends
Thursday 22nd February at 7:30pm
We are delighted to announce that for one night only Wocket Woy & The Pwoducer will be interviewing;

The Olympic Rider Gemma Tattersall Eventing.

International & British Team member, showjumper Robert Whitaker.

Shirley Light from Pyecombe Shows and Brendon Saddlery & BRENDON STUD...

An Evening with Wocket Woy & The Producer plus Friends at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


Lakin McCarthy presents...
George Egg - DIY Chef
Friday 23rd February at 7:30pm
Following sell out Edinburgh Fringe runs in 2015 and 2016 plus a sell out UK tour, award winning* comedian George Egg (the ‘Anarchist Cook’) returns with a BRAND NEW SHOW demonstrating more live cooking and laugh-out-loud comedy.

In ‘DIY CHEF’ George‘s doctor has told him he needs to rethink his culinary...

George Egg - DIY Chef at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


Absolute Bowie presents...
50 Years of Bowie
Saturday 24th February at 7:00pm
Absolute Bowie are proud to present a brand new stage show “50 Years of Bowie”- a musical journey through the iconic singer's ever changing personas.

David Bowie’s evolving image has mesmerised fans since the early 70’s and for the first time ever Absolute Bowie will take audiences on a trip that presents...

50 Years of Bowie at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


Afternoon Tea at the Movies: Casablanca
Wednesday 28th February at 2:30pm

Come and join us for an afternoon of iconic cinema and sumptuous cream tea!

Starting off the afternoon with a screening of the 1942 American romantic film Casablanca.  Set during World War II, the iconic film stars Humphrey Bogart in the award-winning film that consistently ranks near the top of lists of the greatest...


Afternoon Tea at the Movies: Casablanca at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


Re-Take That
Friday 2nd March at 7:30pm

Re-Take That are quite simply the biggest, best and most authentic tribute to one of the biggest British pop acts in history.  Celebrating 10 years as the nations favourite tribute show with the incredible new Wonderland Show featuring Robbie Live.

Performing all of the favourites from the 90's right...


Re-Take That  at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


Let The Music Play, a celebration to Barry White
Saturday 3rd March at 7:30pm

Hailing from Atlanta Georgia, USA, William Hicks has carved out a career in his own right and is known as “a big man with a big voice” and what better voice and presence could there be to pay tribute to and celebrate the music of the legend that is Mr Barry White!

Backed by a live orchestra and a three piece female...


Let The Music Play, a celebration to Barry White at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


Manchester By The Sea
Wednesday 7th March at 7:30pm

When Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) receives the devastating news that his brother has died, he returns to his hometown only to be met with the news that he has been named the legal guardian of his 16 year old nephew.

This heart-felt drama originally had a limited release but received critical acclaim with 4 nominations...


Manchester By The Sea at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


NT Live presents...
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
Thursday 8th March at 7:00pm

Tennessee Williams’ twentieth century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof played a strictly limited season in London’s West End in 2017.

Following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Benedict Andrews’ ‘thrilling revival’ (New York Times) starred Sienna Miller alongside, Jack O’Connell and...


Cat On A Hot Tin Roof at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


Friday Night Live - in the Pavilion
Friday 9th March at 8:00pm

Join us for an evening of live acoustic music from a variety of acts.

After the success of the last few Friday Night Live events, it returns for another night of acoustic music that supports talented local unsigned artists.

Covering a wide selection of music genres from sultry Folk to smoky Jazz, you...


Friday Night Live - in the Pavilion at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


James Phelan: Trickster
Saturday 10th March at 7:30pm

James Phelan presents his unique magical prank show that is both jaw-dropping and laugh out loud funny. A night of light entertainment described as extraordinary in The Mirror and legendary by The Sun.

A night of hilarious, mind-blowing magic in a show where anything can happen – and quite often does. 

People...


James Phelan: Trickster at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


Conchord Big Band presents...
Best of the Big Bands, in Aid of Age Uk
Sunday 11th March at 2:30pm

The ConChord Big Band returns with an exciting programme of Big Band music guaranteed to set your foot tapping.

This 17 piece band with singers performs not only your favourite songs and tunes from the era of swing but big band interpretations of more recent popular music.

Roger Hind presents the show adding...


Best of the Big Bands, in Aid of Age Uk at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


I Believe in Unicorns!
Wednesday 14th March at 4:30pm

Best-selling children’s author Michael Morpurgo’s treasured story is brought to life in an utterly magical interactive show.

This intimate performance is set in a library full of books that hold more than just stories within their pages.  It is a tale about the power of books, and the bravery of a young boy...


I Believe in Unicorns! at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


The Barron Knights
Thursday 15th March at 7:30pm

They are back….and for the last time ever!!

The Barron Knights are one of the most entertaining groups to come out of the 60’s and 70’s. 

With their musicianship, their harmonies and of course their humour, it’s no wonder that their peers call them ‘The Guvnors’.

They are the only group...


The Barron Knights at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


A Spoonful of Sherman
Friday 16th March to Saturday 17th March

Third generation songwriter, Robert J Sherman narrates the story of his musical family.

This magical evening of cabaret celebrates a century of Sherman Family song writing. Top West End performers join Robert J. Sherman as he weaves together the story of his musical family.

Three generations of Sherman song writing...


A Spoonful of Sherman at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


NT Live presents...
Julius Caesar
Thursday 22nd March at 7:00pm

Ben Whishaw (The Danish Girl, Skyfall, Hamlet) and Michelle Fairley (Fortitude, Game of Thrones) play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder (The Lost City of Z, The Hatton Garden Job) plays Caesar and David Morrissey (The Missing, Hangmen, The Walking Dead) is Mark Antony. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London. 

Caesar...


Julius Caesar at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


Jason Donovan and his Amazing Midlife Crisis
Friday 23rd March at 8:00pm

This is the postponed show from 21st October 2017

Jason is delighted to announce that he will be hitting the road once again in the autumn, only this time, it’s a tour with a twist!!

He is headed to new locations across the country and these intimate gigs will be a unique opportunity to see him like you’ve...


Jason Donovan and his Amazing Midlife Crisis at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


Nick James Entertainments presents...
The Doris Day Story – It’s Magic…
Wednesday 28th March at 2:00pm

Nick James Entertainments presents the biography of this iconic film star and voalist featuring Susan St Nicholas.

The storyboard depicts moments throughout Doris's career from her early beginnings as a band singer and subsequent rise to stardom, making over 39 movies during her career, which is told through...


The Doris Day Story – It’s Magic… at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


Youve Got A Friend – The Music of James Taylor and Carole King
Friday 30th March at 7:30pm

From the creators of the smash hit West End show ‘The Simon & Garfunkel Story’ comes a brand new theatre experience celebrating two of the World’s greatest songwriters of all time - James Taylor and Carole King. 

Telling the delicate story of friendship, this musical journey intertwines all the hits including...


Youve Got A Friend – The Music of James Taylor and Carole King at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


Vienna Festival Ballet presents...
Swan Lake
Wednesday 11th April at 5:00pm and 8:00pm

One of the best known love stories, performed by the ever popular Vienna Festival Ballet. Lavish costumes, stunning scenery, international stars, and the glorious music from Tchaikovsky make this a night not to be missed.

For further information, click here.

Swan Lake at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


Immersion Theatre presents...
The Jungle Book
Thursday 12th April at 2:30pm and 5:30pm

Immersion Theatre are thrilled to bring their trademark energy to their wildest show yet, a brand new musical adaptation of family favourite, THE JUNGLE BOOK!

Filled with catchy music, audience interaction, and the chance to meet the characters after the show, you are invited to join Mowgli and his friends, Baloo...


The Jungle Book at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


The Kast Off Kinks
Friday 13th April at 7:30pm

The Kast off Kinks are actual former members of the legendary band ‘The Kinks’, back together playing great music and re-living the good times whilst keeping the songs alive that made The Kinks a household name.  

This great line-up features Mick Avory (the original drummer on all the classic hits from...


The Kast Off Kinks at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


Afternoon Tea at the Movies: Gone With The Wind
Wednesday 18th April at 2:30pm

This hugely popular afternoon treat is back with another wonderful classic film, the epic 1939’s romantic drama Gone With The Wind.

Regarded as one of the greatest films of all time, this 1939’s American classic is set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, with the forefront being the hopelessly romantic...


Afternoon Tea at the Movies: Gone With The Wind at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


Elvis in Vegas
Thursday 19th April at 7:30pm
Its Back! Following the Success of three previous shows
Fisher Stevens returns to the Chequer Mead with his award winning show Elvis in Vegas.

A professionally produced stage show celebrating the Vegas Years of Elvis Presley, this show will take you on a musical journey backed by an exceptionally talented group...


Elvis in Vegas at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


A Street Cat Named Bob
Thursday 26th April at 7:30pm

Based on the international best selling biographical book.

This real feel good film won Best British Film at the UK National Film Awards, and tells the story of how James Bowen (played by Luke Treadaway), a busker and recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he meets a stray ginger cat, Bob (played by...


A Street Cat Named Bob at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


Andy Irvine
Friday 4th May at 8:00pm

Hailed as ‘a tradition in himself’, Andy Irvine is one of the great Irish singers who really gets to the soul of what Ireland is about!

A musician, a singer and a songwriter, Andy has been at the helm of legendary bands like Sweeney’s Men in the mid 60s and has been a world music pioneer and an icon for traditional...


Andy Irvine at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


One Woman Sex and the City
Thursday 17th May at 7:30pm

A Parody on Love, Friendship and Shoes - The Ultimate Girl’s Night Out!

This loving tribute and send-up takes audiences through a laughter-infused version of all six seasons of the beloved show. TJ Dawe – (Director and co-creator of One Man Star Wars Trilogy, One Man Lord of the Rings) has comedic whirling dervish...


One Woman Sex and the City at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


Dusty & Shades of the 60s
Wednesday 23rd May at 7:30pm

Dusty & The Shades of the 60s celebrates the life and music of one of the most iconic female artistes of our time, the legendary Dusty Springfield.

The show covers an incredibly successful decade for Dusty featuring the songs ‘I Only Want to be With You’, ‘You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me’, ‘Son of...


Dusty & Shades of the 60s at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


Barry Steele & Friends - The Roy Orbison Story 30 year special
Saturday 26th May at 7:30pm

Barry Steele is widely recognised as one of the world’s leading vocalists playing homage to legend Roy Orbison.

He has stunned audiences across the globe with his uncanny similarity and ability to authentically revive the exquisite toe-tapping sound of this music giant.

Barry Steele is quite simply unmissable,...


Barry Steele & Friends - The Roy Orbison Story 30 year special at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


Martin Taylor and Martin Simpson
Thursday 29th November at 8:00pm

Award winning Jazz guitarist MARTIN TAYLOR teams up with acoustic and slide guitar virtuoso MARTIN SIMPSON to play selected dates in the UK. The pair will share the stage throughout the performance – adding to each other’s songs and instrumental pieces and taking them to new levels.

Martin Taylor was recently...


Martin Taylor and Martin Simpson at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead