Assembly Hall Theatre

Our History

The Assembly Hall Theatre is a service department within Tunbridge Wells Borough Council (TWBC), owned, funded and managed by TWBC.

Based in the heart of Tunbridge Wells, the Assembly Hall Theatre first opened its doors to theatre goers in 1939. Designed by architect Percy Thomas as part of the Civic Centre complex, it was formally opened by the Marchioness Camden on Empire Day – as we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the granting of the town’s charter in 1889.

However, it was by no means Tunbridge Wells’ first theatre. This establishment was opened by entrepreneur Sarah Baker in 1786. Following its closure in 1843 due to declining support, we had no theatre until 1902 when the Opera House – a magnificent Edwardian structure so called because leading citizens believed it sounded more prestigious than ‘theatre’ – became our centre for theatrical arts. This beautiful building was converted into a cinema in 1931.

In the 1930s, locals hoped that Assembly Hall Theatre would serve as a modern theatre and a community venue. Mayor Alderman Westbrook told guests at the opening that ‘today’s proceedings mark a definite step forward and a progressive policy.’ 

The original building cost was £57,000 – and the auditorium was painted in green and black. Listed in 1995 as of special architectural and historical interest, there have been several renovations since.

Then and Now

Today, we’re delighted to host a wonderful variety of theatre, music, comedy and family events as well as an annual pantomime. We’re also the proud home of the Tunbridge Wells Operatic and Dramatic Society, Symphony Orchestra and Choral Society.

Continuing the town’s original desire that the Assembly Hall building would be more than just a theatre, we’re determined to engage with the wider community – including through working with schools, young people and charities – and develop new audiences. 

Nurturing and developing artistic talent within our borough is of the utmost importance – as is ensuring we deliver maximum benefit to residents, local businesses and visitors. 

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What's On?

The Comedy Store
October 17th 2020
Until December 12th 2020
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
The Forum Nights
October 22nd 2020
Until December 3rd 2020
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Omid Djalili - Schmuck for a Night
October 24th 2020
Until November 25th 2020
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Scowl
October 29th 2020
Until October 29th 2020
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
The Magic of The Beatles
October 30th 2020
Until October 30th 2020
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
The Boogie Woogie Bugle Ball
October 31st 2020
Until October 31st 2020
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
English Touring Opera
November 1st 2020
Until December 6th 2020
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Will Joseph Cook
November 5th 2020
Until November 5th 2020
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Bee Gees Magic
November 6th 2020
Until November 6th 2020
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
La Voix with Christopher Biggins
November 7th 2020
Until November 7th 2020
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
The 4Tunes
November 8th 2020
Until November 8th 2020
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
An Evening With Local & Live
November 12th 2020
Until November 12th 2020
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Radio GaGa
November 13th 2020
Until November 13th 2020
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Parent & Toddler Ice Skating 2020
November 14th 2020
Until January 3rd 2021
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
SKATE Tunbridge Wells
November 14th 2020
Until January 3rd 2021
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Bavarian Curling 2020
November 17th 2020
Until December 17th 2020
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Indoor Pets
November 19th 2020
Until November 19th 2020
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Sweet Caroline
November 20th 2020
Until November 20th 2020
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Le Cabaret Fantastique
November 21st 2020
Until November 21st 2020
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Royal Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra
November 22nd 2020
Until November 22nd 2020
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
An Evening With Unfest
November 26th 2020
Until November 26th 2020
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Frankly Sinatra
November 27th 2020
Until November 27th 2020
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Take That Experience
November 28th 2020
Until November 28th 2020
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
An Evening with Kevin & Joanne Clifton
November 29th 2020
Until November 29th 2020
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Lady Bird & Friends
December 3rd 2020
Until December 3rd 2020
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
A Tribute to The Carpenters
December 4th 2020
Until December 4th 2020
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
La Voix's Christmas Cracker
December 5th 2020
Until December 5th 2020
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Coming Home For Christmas
December 13th 2020
Until December 13th 2020
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Jack and the Beanstalk
December 18th 2020
Until January 3rd 2021
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
The Legends of American Country
February 11th 2021
Until February 11th 2021
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain
June 7th 2021
Until June 12th 2021
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
June 16th 2021
Until June 17th 2021
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Legend
July 9th 2021
Until July 9th 2021
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Anton & Giovanni
July 15th 2021
Until July 15th 2021
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Calling Planet Earth
November 6th 2021
Until November 6th 2021
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
John Bishop
November 17th 2021
Until November 18th 2021
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Katherine Ryan
January 29th 2022
Until January 29th 2022
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Billionaire Boy
May 23rd 2022
Until May 27th 2022
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU