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Christmas Cabaret Tickets

Priority (CDS members) booking for tickets will end on Monday and sales to the rest of Cuckfield and the public will start at 7am that day.

Saturday sold especially quickly again – but there are still seats left as well as plenty for the Friday. We do expect the event to sell out (as in previous years -so we encourage members to book this weekend and everyone to do so as soon as possible.

Online card sales do not carry any extra fee, but from Monday you can also book in other ways such as by phone and at Marcus Grimes.


And if you also fancy a local traditional Xmas show in the form of a Pantomine we have several now listed on our Coming Up Elsewhere local listings page.

If you go please mention CDS when booking and encourage other groups to help spread publicity  and awareness of local amateur theatre! There may only be four or so CDS shows per year, but you can see a lot of other entertainment within 10 miles of home!

Audition Call for Stepping Out

Do you dance?

Do you act?

If the answer to either question  is yes then perhaps you should audition for CDS’s summer spectacular “Stepping Out”.

Stepping Out is a comedy set in tap dancing class, with some tap dancing routines as backdrop to the story. It’s not a musical (which we can say for sure since there is a full musical adapation version with songs as well!)

But the play does combine acting and tap dance so it’s a great chance to learn some new skills!

We would like to cast both people with acting and/or tap-dancing abilities, with an emphasis on acting.

  • Actors who can’t tap dance will be taught the steps needed!
  • Dancers who haven’t acted will be helped to learn lines, act naturally and play members of an amateur group!

Double Bill Rescheduled for February

Our October Double Bill had to be postpondeddue to illness, but we will now be performing the show as planned at the end of February (during half term).

So although we need to recast one smaller role (due to availability) the Double Bill will be performed as originally planned and has been imaginitively retitled February Double Bill

However we are unable to use the Queen’s Hall on the Wednesday night so the run will be from Thursday 21st to Saturday 23rd February.

More details – and booking will be provided soon!

It was a tough call to cancel the show, but with The Browning Version performances being described as sublime, and not wanting to present  only half the evening we felt it was the best way to go…

  • All tickets were refunded but we hope you will all be booking again!
  • Sales had been healthy, and we have been encouraged by your messages of support and disappointment.

This does means that we will not be performing our usual February Frolics show this year – but you can be sure that the mix of food and fun will be back another time.

Of course our Christmas Cabaret adds music to that mix, and with the Double Bill in the starting gate we wanted to bring that to you as soon as possible. We are sure that The Browning Version and Dirty Business will thrill you and bring a mid-winter smile to your face!

Cabaret Tickets Sales Dates Announced!

This year’s annual Christmas Cabaret is on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th of December…

Tickets are £20 and will go on sale at 7am on Wednesday 14th November for  CDS Members, and then on Monday 19th to the public at large…

Be quick the event is always popular and sells out quickly!

You can book online or for public sales you can also  visit Marcus Grimes

The theme this year is based around the classic Top of the Pops performances of the early 70’s. Expect some upbeat numbers to fill the dancefloor, and maybe a few ballads to ease off the gas.

Will your favourite Glam Rock,  Crooners or Teen Idol be represented?

This year’s menu is

  • Chicken Chasseur with Herby Rice and Green Salad
  • Profiteroles with Chocolate Sauce
  • Cheese and Biscuits

The Veggie option is Mushroom Stroganoff with everything else the same as above!

So boogie with the best as Cabaret 2018 goes back to the Top The Pops!

Book now for Letters & Poems from the Front

Cuckfield Remembers…
But has not yet booked for
Letters & Poems from the Front


We have had very few bookings so far for the CDS “Cuckfield Remembers” multi-media event Letters & Poems from the Front scheduled for November 1st and 3rd.

This Cuckfield Remembers event is in danger of being cancelled if sales do not pick up by Monday 29th.

This is particularly sad as due to illness we had to cancel and then refund the many more bookings we had for our Plays Double Bill of The Browning Version and Dirty Business. New production dates in 2019 for that show will be announced as soon as we finalise next year’s schedule!

In the meantime why not see Letters & Poems from the Front next month!

Click here to book now!

How do we top this?

A personal message to CDS members from our President about the third outing of Bridge to Farce last week:

If you were not at the performance(s) at The Capitol Theatre , Horsham (the full three act play) on 24/25 August, you missed a great event.

When I re-formed the Cuckfield Dramatic Society in 1994 – I hope that you have read the story on our website – I hoped and expected a “normal” amateur dramatic society. My ambitions were for a great camaraderie, mainly successful productions (with perhaps one or two failures !), and a good reputation in the community.

Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined such a professional performance at a professional theatre in a play written for us by two of our talented members Richard Willis and Paul Ruse.

Next year we are about to celebrate our quarter of a century and my greatest satisfaction has been to watch the members, some of whom joined us with little or no experience of any aspect of amateur dramatics (together with more experienced newcomers) and many of the relative beginners have improved beyond all recognition. We now have “stars” in every department !

Nowadays we are also asked to perform our plays in other venues, including for charity events.

Our enthusiastic members have extended our repertoire such as the Christmas Cabaret and the February Frolics with wonderfully themed decorations in the Queen’s Hall also including delicious food for our appreciative audiences.

BUT – there is always a But – how do we top all of this ? We have reached the stars – are the planets too far for our 25th Anniversary?

Here’s to the future of CDS!

Joan Collins
President