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Almost a Panto!

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The (Panto) Show Must Go On This Christmas!

We're thrilled to announce that panto will go ahead this Christmas at Chequer Mead and East Grinstead will not be deprived of it's eagerly awaited seasonal extravaganza!

Almost a Panto! is the shorter, fun-filled, COVID-secure pantomime for all the family featuring East Grinstead legends CALLUM DONNELLY (as THE boy) and KEVIN GAUNTLETT (as THE dame) as well as KATIE-ELIZABETH ALLGOOD (as THE girl).

Join them as we visit not one, but five pantomime favourites for the most marvellous mashup of madness for miles, which storms into Chequer Mead to save the day in place of our scheduled production of Jack & the Beanstalk.

Will good conquer evil again? Will the dame have wonderful frocks again? Will the girl fall for the boy, again? Will there be (safe) audience participation again?! ...and will everybody live happily ever after? Book now to find out if all our panto dreams come true... AGAIN!

Almost a Panto! will be less than 90-minutes and without an interval to assist with social distancing.

Tickets for this event go on general sale on Friday 23rd October at 10am. Customers with existing tickets for Jack & The Beanstalk have a pre-sale period from Monday 19th October to transfer their tickets. All customers have been sent an email with full details.

Safety Measures

The safety of our guests and our people is our first priority. We have put the following measures in place to ensure everyone remains safe whilst at Chequer Mead and we will continue to monitor COVID-safety.

Safe Distance Seating
in the auditorium including every other row out of use and two seat gap between each group


E-Tickets Available on Mobile Devices or to Print-at-Home

Face Coverings must be worn throughout the venue

Protective Screens
at the Box Office and all tills and guest/staff interaction points

Hand Sanitiser
available throughout the venue

Contactless Payments
and Card Payments Only

Temperature Checks & PPE for staff when required

Safe Distance
precautions and markings throughout the venue


Additional Regular Cleaning
throughout the day including all key touch-points

Seating & E-Tickets

Due to safe distancing measures, you are unable to select your own seats online. Seats will automatically be assigned when you select 'Stalls' or 'Circle'. Up to six seats may be booked at any one time. For specific seats, please contact the box office.

All tickets for Almost a Panto! will be E-Tickets and sent via email to you shortly after you complete your transaction. Tickets can be shown on your mobile device or downloaded and printed at home in advance of coming to the theatre.


Thursday 17th December 2020 at 1:30pmThursday 17th December 2020 at 4:00pmFriday 18th December 2020 at 11:00amFriday 18th December 2020 at 1:30pmFriday 18th December 2020 at 4:00pmSaturday 19th December 2020 at 11:30amSaturday 19th December 2020 at 1:30pmSaturday 19th December 2020 at 4:00pmSunday 20th December 2020 at 11:00amSunday 20th December 2020 at 1:30pmSunday 20th December 2020 at 4:00pmMonday 21st December 2020 at 11:00amMonday 21st December 2020 at 1:30pmMonday 21st December 2020 at 4:00pmTuesday 22nd December 2020 at 11:00amTuesday 22nd December 2020 at 1:30pmTuesday 22nd December 2020 at 4:00pmWednesday 23rd December 2020 at 11:00amWednesday 23rd December 2020 at 1:30pmWednesday 23rd December 2020 at 4:00pmThursday 24th December 2020 at 11:00amThursday 24th December 2020 at 1:30pmThursday 24th December 2020 at 4:00pmThursday 24th December 2020 at 6:30pmSunday 27th December 2020 at 11:00amSunday 27th December 2020 at 1:30pmSunday 27th December 2020 at 4:00pmSunday 27th December 2020 at 6:30pmMonday 28th December 2020 at 11:00am (Relaxed Performance)Monday 28th December 2020 at 1:30pmMonday 28th December 2020 at 4:00pmMonday 28th December 2020 at 6:30pmTuesday 29th December 2020 at 11:00amTuesday 29th December 2020 at 1:30pmTuesday 29th December 2020 at 4:00pmWednesday 30th December 2020 at 11:00amWednesday 30th December 2020 at 1:30pmWednesday 30th December 2020 at 4:00pm

Ticket Prices

Tickets: £14.00
Additional Information: Due to safe distancing measures, seats will automatically be assigned when booking online.

To purchase tickets for this show, click "Buy Tickets" next to the performance you wish to purchase, alternatively you may call the Box Office on 01342 302000 and buy over the phone.