Chequer Mead, East Grinstead | Sunday 25th October at 3pm
The Pauline Quirke Academy presents
Back to the Musicals
A musical extravaganza of toe tapping musical hits taking you “back to the musicals”. A show you do not want to miss, performed by the incredibly talented students at the Pauline Quirke Academy.
Tickets: £12.00, Concessions: £10.00
Chequer Mead, East Grinstead | Saturday 24th October at 5:30pm
Heathfield School of Dance presents
The Kingdom of Sweets
A sweet treat for all the family! A tale loosely based on ‘The Nutcracker’ with other family favourites.
Tickets: £12.50, Concessions: £10.00, Children: £8.50
Chequer mead, East Grinstead | Friday 23rd October at 7:30pm
Sing For a Cure
Matt Cowling and friends invite you to an evening of inspirational musical theatre.
Amateur musical talents from around the South East have joined with Matt to create a sparkling evening of music from the West End featuring well known and loved numbers from all areas of musical theatre.
Sing for a cure is a culmination of the hopes and aspirations of Matt to combine his love of theatre with his desire to raise much needed funds for the Juvenille Diabeties Research Foundation (JDRF). The foundation funds critical research to cure, treat and prevent 1 diabetes and its complications. Improving lives until a cure is found.
Chequer Mead, East Grinstead | Thursday 22nd October at 7:30pm
Professor Robert Winston presents
What Makes Us Happy;
Reading the Human Mind
What led to French philosopher Michel de Montaigne thanking fortune for the pain he suffered? Or why did Mahler apparently stop composing after his meeting in Holland with Sigmund Freud? Why was Alfred J Prufrock in T S Eliot’s poem so chronically depressed and suffering so much lack of self-esteem? Shall we ever really understand what makes us happy?
To some extent, the ability to be happy is inherited, but social scientists have emphasized that various environmental influences – health, a stable society, economic advantages, play a major role. Professor Winston examines the role of brain imaging, hormone study, sexuality, child development, pharmacology and psychological research in understanding how science may help us be happier. Happy people tend to live longer, and recent research suggests we tend to get happier as we get older. Is this simply because we become more forgetful? Can we make ourselves happier and if so, will knowledge of brain function and how we might manipulate it give us more fulfilled lives?
Tickets: £15.00, Concessions: £13.00
Chequer Mead, East Grinstead | Saturday 17th October at 7:30pm
The eternally impassioned singer/ songwriter, Ben Montague returns to Chequer Mead with his beautifully produced and lyrically raw second album ‘Back to Paradise’.
An incredibly talented musician, who never fails to entertain the audience. He co-wrote songs with notable key figures from the music industry, in the making and writing of the album including Jake Gosling (Ed Sheeran, “Lego House”) Martin Brammer (James Morrison, Olly Murs) and Jim Duguid (Paolo Nutini, The Waterboys).
Ben has already had critical acclaim with his hits like Haunted, Love Like Stars and Sweet Amelia and will be proudly performing his new songs on this night not to be missed!
Chequer Mead, East Grinstead | Friday 16th October at 7:30pm
An Evening with Simon Weston
Simon Weston is a former Welsh Guards soldier who, with members of his regiment on RFA Sir Galahad in Bluff Cove, was bombed and set on fire by enemy Skyhawk fighters. The ship was carrying ammunition including phosphoric bombs and thousands of gallons of diesel and petrol. Twenty-two out of his platoon of thirty men were killed; and Weston survived with 46% burns, following which his face was barely recognisable. Weston has since become friends with the Argentine pilot who dropped the bomb.
Enduring years of reconstructive surgery, including over 70 major operations or surgical procedures to make eyelids and to form a new nose, Weston suffered psychological trauma, drinking heavily and becoming suicidal. Determined to feel useful again Weston became patron of a number of charities that support people living with disfigurements as well as speaking out against defence budget cuts. Weston’s courage and charity work have been recognised and honoured a number of times. In 1992 he was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. In 2009 Weston became President Elect of the Welsh Scout Council.
Tickets: £15.00 Concessions: £13.00
Chequer Mead,East Grinstead | Thursday 15th October at 7pm
NT Live presents
Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.
Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, National Theatre Live will broadcast this eagerly awaited production live to cinemas.
As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.
Tickets: £12.00 Concessions: £10.00
Chequer Mead, East Grinstead | Friday 9th at 7:30pm & Saturday 10th October at 2:30pm & 7:30pm
ACE Theatre Company presents
A Comedy by Alan Ayckbourn
Ayckbourn’s hilarious play is set in a futuristic TV studio when androids have replaced soap opera actors. Laughter, love and power games: everything you’d expect from a soap, but with a twist you would not.
Tickets; Evenings: £13.00, Concessions: £11.00, Matinee: £11.00, Concessions: £9.00
Chequer Mead, East Grinstead | Wednesday 7th October at 7:30pm
Allo Allo with Sue Hodge;
Mimi & Me
Join pint-sized pocket firework and heroine of the ray-zist-ance, Mimi Lebonq for a hilarious celebration of the hit TV series and stage show.
`Allo `Allo remains a worldwide smash hit with previous viewing figures topping 24 million each week in the UK alone. The stage show sold out in its worldwide tours and at its long run at the London Palladium. and has recently been aired on TV once more building a whole new generation of laughter-loving fans.
Sue Hodge offers a visual feast of laughter and music, with Keith `Paddington` Richards at the piano, as she recalls the backstage antics of the well-loved cast. Mimi & Me is a witty insight with hilarious behind the scenes stories during the making of one of the most successful British TV series ever. A funfilled show for any comedy fan!
Tickets: £15.00, Concessions: £13.00
Chequer Mead, East Grinstead | Tuesday 6th October at 7:30pm
Simply The Best
The Tina Turner Experience
Starring Julie Nevada one of the world’s best Tina Turner Impersonators with her Nine piece band The Vintage Corporation and her dance troupe The Absolute Dance Co.
They’ll bring you all the glamour of one of the world’s top selling artistes. Her classic songs, fantastic costumes, the fabulous dance routine all packed into one spectacular show.
You’ll actually believe you’re at a real Tina Turner Show !!
We open the show with top comic, funny man and compare Big Al Reed with approximately 50 minutes of comedy.
Then…., get ready for 90 minutes of sheer quality and class in this spectacular show.
Tickets: £18.00, Concessions: £16.00