Your Visit to Chickenshed

Firstly, a huge welcome back to Chickenshed. Thank you for waiting so patiently – we couldn’t wait to get back into the theatre but needed to make sure we did so in as safe a way as possible – for you, our staff, volunteers, and performers.

As we are all aware, the new normal means that we need to do things a little differently now and we are following the safety and hygiene measures set out by the Government in its performing arts guidance. Current Government Covid 19 guidance asks individuals and families to exercise individual responsibility when considering the continued application of Covid 19 restrictions

To make sure your visit is safe and enjoyable we’ve put some measures in place, these include reducing the number of seats available in the auditorium, to ensure appropriate social distancing. We ask that you please comply with these and use the hand sanitiser stations available.

When to Arrive

Please do not arrive more than 10-15 minutes before the show start time, you may be asked to wait outside until the doors are open. Latecomers will usually be admitted, but may have to wait for a suitable point in the performance to be taken into the auditorium. In order to avoid disruption to other audience members, latecomers may not be seated in their allocated seats.

NHS Test, Track and Trace

Like other venues, we are required to support the NHS Test and Trace strategy by keeping a temporary record of all customers and visitors to Chickenshed. The lead booker will have provided their contact details at the point of booking. Please ensure that your email address and telephone number are up to date.

To help stop the spread of coronavirus, we are introducing the use of the NHS COVID-19 app. Customers can download the free app onto their smart phones.


We encourage our customers to check in by scanning our unique QR code which will be displayed at the main entrance to Chickenshed.

Purchase of Tickets

Tickets can ONLY be purchased in advance by calling the Box Office or via our website. Please ensure you book before your visit to avoid disappointment. You will receive your e-tickets by email*. These tickets can then be printed at home, or alternatively you can have them visible on your phone when entering the theatre. You can also access your e-tickets from your account on our website.

* Please contact the Box Office if you have not received your tickets 24 hours before the performance.

In the event of a performance cancellation due to Covid-19, we will offer you the choice to:

  • Exchange your ticket to another performance (if available)
  • Receive account credit to be used for a future production at Chickenshed
  • Receive a full refund
  • Donate to the theatre

If you are unable to attend because you are displaying Covid-19 symptoms, we can offer you account credit valid for 14 months.

If you are unable to attend for any other reason, please contact the Box Office to discuss further. We are unable to offer a refund, but a credit or exchange may be offered (an administration fee may be charged).


Our cafe has been relaunched with a simplified range of drinks and snacks, including vegan and organic options. Due to COVID restrictions we are not currently offering hot food. We would ask that you DO NOT bring your own food or drink for consumption on the premises, although re-usable bottles of water are acceptable should you need to bring them (we ask that you do not bring single-use plastic to restrict litter). There will not be any facilities to fill your bottles on site. Please take any litter home with you.

Visiting With Children

If you need to bring a buggy into the building, there will be an area where you can leave it during the performance. 

How We Are Keeping You Safe

Sanitiser is available throughout the building. We will carry out additional cleaning of the toilets between each performance. However, we also recognise that some responsibility about social distancing and cleanliness lies with each individual audience member.

Only 2 people at any one time can enter our toilets. This might mean that you need to queue or be directed to use alternative toilets. Please observe social distancing while you queue.

We will keep our spaces well ventilated and will not be filling activities to maximum capacity wherever possible. 

All Chickenshed staff and volunteers are asked to take regular lateral flow tests. 

Face Coverings

We are encouraging all audience to wear face coverings/masks wherever possible. Children under 11 do not have to wear a face covering.

Front of House staff will be wearing face coverings/masks unless exempt.


For reserved seating we are leaving a two seat gap between each booking. We will sanitise the seats between each performance. We ask you to use the sanitiser stations upon entering and leaving the auditorium. 

For unreserved performances we have reduced the capacity in order to safely distance audience members.

Communal Areas

All other ‘touch points’ will be regularly cleaned, throughout the building.

If You Feel Unwell

If you think you may have symptoms of Covid-19 (high temperature, new persistent cough, change in sense of taste or smell), or someone in your household is self-isolating, please do not enter the building. If you feel unwell whilst visiting us, please make a member of staff aware immediately.

We’ll be reviewing these measures regularly internally and in accordance with Government guidelines and updating when necessary. Thank you for observing our new procedures and helping to keep everybody safe and sound. If you have any additional questions, please email [email protected].