Assembly Hall Theatre

Our History

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?

Jimmy Carr
February 26th 2020
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Thank You For The Music
February 27th 2020
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ELO Again
February 28th 2020
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Believe
February 29th 2020
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RTWSO: Martin James Bartlett
March 1st 2020
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What's Love Got To Do With It?
March 6th 2020
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Havana Nights
March 7th 2020
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Boyzlife
March 12th 2020
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Henning Wehn
March 13th 2020
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Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
March 14th 2020
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Rumours of Fleetwood Mac
March 17th 2020
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The Take That Experience
March 20th 2020
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Dancefest 2020
March 25th 2020
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Buddy Holly & The Cricketers
March 26th 2020
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Noble Jacks - Live in Concert
March 28th 2020
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Aida
March 30th 2020
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Big Dance Extravaganza
March 31st 2020
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Giovanni Pernice
April 1st 2020
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Swan Lake
April 3rd 2020
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RTWSO: Thomas Gould
April 5th 2020
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Burn the Floor
April 15th 2020
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Milkshake! Live
April 16th 2020
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Cranbrook Pop-Up Arts Workshop
April 18th 2020
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Verdi's Requiem
April 19th 2020
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The Mousetrap
April 21st 2020
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Beyond the Barricade
April 26th 2020
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Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
April 29th 2020
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Tim Vine is Plastic Elvis
May 1st 2020
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RTWSO: Mozart & Bruckner
May 3rd 2020
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Hello Again
May 6th 2020
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Killer Queen
May 9th 2020
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The Wizard of Oz
May 12th 2020
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Walk Right Back
May 26th 2020
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The Counterfeit Stones
May 29th 2020
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The Bootleg Beatles
June 11th 2020
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The Illegal Eagles
June 12th 2020
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Billionaire Boy
June 18th 2020
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Johnny Cash Roadshow
June 25th 2020
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The Meatloaf Songbook
July 18th 2020
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A Country Night in Nashville
August 1st 2020
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Jimmy Carr
September 4th 2020
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Luther UK
September 18th 2020
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The World Famous Elvis Show
September 19th 2020
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Magic of Motown
October 2nd 2020
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Bowie Experience
October 3rd 2020
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Jason Donovan
October 13th 2020
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The Hollies
October 15th 2020
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Legend
November 14th 2020
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
December 11th 2020
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In The Air Tonight
January 22nd 2021
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Simon & Garfunkel
January 23rd 2021
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The Magic of the Beatles
January 30th 2021
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TEDx 2021
February 6th 2021
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The Legends of American Country
February 11th 2021
Until February 11th 2021
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