Assembly Hall Theatre

JJ Almond

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JJ Almond – Director of Assembly Hall Theatre and Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery

 Producer and Director, JJ Almond took up post in May 2016 as Director of Assembly Hall Theatre, later adding the Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery to his role. Central to his early plans was to embark on the vital work to future-proof the theatre for coming generations. He is the theatre lead for a £42 million capital development project that will deliver a new theatre in the centre of the town.

 As part of a strategy of audience development, JJ is introducing a more vibrant line-up on stage, focusing on popular theatre and musical touring productions, and high profile one-night events across the music and comedy genres, with the longer-term goal to introduce in-house producing from 2020/21. As part of this, he recently appointed seasoned theatre professional, Carole Winter, as the theatre’s first ever in-house producer.

 A Creative Learning Department has been established, with the aim of putting community engagement at the heart of the organisation’s work, and as part of this JJ, and his team, are introducing a comprehensive education and outreach programme to increase youth participation.

 Previously, JJ was instrumental in the early success of the newly opened Park Theatre in London. As the company’s Executive Director, he quickly established it as a key ‘Off West End’ venue, culminating in the theatre winning The Stage Award for Fringe Theatre of the Year 2015, and a Peter Brook Award within the first 18 months of operation. As the in-house producer, he oversaw nine productions during his tenure, including the world première of Oliver Cotton’s Daytona with Maureen Lipman and Harry Shearer – which later toured the UK and transferred to the West End; Intimate Apparel in a co-production with Theatre Royal Bath, which received both Olivier and Evening Standard Award nominations; the world premières of Sarah Rutherford’s Adult Supervision with Olivia Poulet and Susannah Doyle, and Larry Belling’s Stroke of Luck with Tim Pigott-Smith; and Hurling Rubble at the Moon/Hurling Rubble at the Sun by Avaes Mohammad in a co-production with Red Ladder Theatre Company.

 Prior to his role at Park Theatre, JJ worked as a freelance director in venues across London and the UK – including at the Young Vic, National Theatre and Hampstead Theatre, and as an associate on a Broadway transfer. Previously Artistic Director of the Shaw Theatre (2009 – 2012), he was associate for Eartha Kitt, Dionne Warwick and Chita Rivera, as well as directing for the late Lynn Redgrave. He has also served as a Diploma and Degree Acting Tutor at The Urdang Academy, as well as roles at Off West End Theatres, Bridewell Theatre, Pleasance Theatre, Poole Arts Centre, Theatre Royal Plymouth and Barbican Theatre, Plymouth. This wealth of experience, as both a freelance and in-house practitioner at a variety of subsidised and commercial venues, brings invaluable insight to his current role, as he spearheads the capital campaign (should this just be “project”) to deliver a new theatre in the heart of Royal Tunbridge Wells.




What's On?

The Rocket Man
March 2nd 2019
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RTWSO: Katherine Lacy
March 3rd 2019
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Good Dog [Cancelled]
March 5th 2019
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Arrival
March 7th 2019
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Sun Records
March 8th 2019
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Banff Mountain Film Festival
March 9th 2019
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Brendan Cole Live: Show Man
March 10th 2019
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The Cat in the Hat
March 12th 2019
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Someone Like You
March 20th 2019
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Dire Straits UK
March 21st 2019
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Taking Care of Elvis
March 22nd 2019
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Alice in Wonderland
March 24th 2019
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Collabro
April 1st 2019
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The Big Dance Extravaganza
April 2nd 2019
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Here Come The Girls
April 3rd 2019
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DanceFest 2019
April 5th 2019
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RTWSO: Hooray for Hollywood
April 7th 2019
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Paul Merton's Impro Chums
April 8th 2019
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Brainiac Live
April 11th 2019
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Michael Starring Ben
April 12th 2019
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The Drifters
April 13th 2019
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Puccini: Messa di Gloria
April 14th 2019
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That'll Be The Day
April 16th 2019
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The Jungle Book
April 19th 2019
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Rhod Gilbert
April 28th 2019
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The Ladyboys of Bangkok
April 30th 2019
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Legally Blonde The Musical
May 7th 2019
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Les Musicals
May 13th 2019
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Luther
May 16th 2019
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The Summer of Love
May 17th 2019
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Julian Clary
May 18th 2019
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Rumours of Fleetwood Mac
May 19th 2019
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Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
May 22nd 2019
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The Illegal Eagles
May 24th 2019
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Ruby Wax
May 25th 2019
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Walk Right Back
May 26th 2019
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Kevin Clifton in Burn The Floor
May 31st 2019
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The Counterfeit Stones
June 1st 2019
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My First Ballet: Sleeping Beauty
June 8th 2019
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An Evening with Sir Ranulph Fiennes
June 14th 2019
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Jimmy Carr
June 15th 2019
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Vivaldi and Piazzolla
June 23rd 2019
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Paul Young
June 26th 2019
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The Tiger Who Came To Tea
June 27th 2019
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James Acaster
July 11th 2019
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Dreamboys
August 24th 2019
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Rhod Gilbert
September 18th 2019
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Horrible Histories: Awful Egyptians
October 3rd 2019
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Horrible Histories: Terrible Tudors
October 3rd 2019
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Henning Wehn
October 10th 2019
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Get Ready
October 12th 2019
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King of Pop
October 20th 2019
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Ben Elton Live
October 28th 2019
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The Nutcracker
October 29th 2019
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Kevin Bloody Wilson
November 4th 2019
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The Simon & Garfunkel Story
November 8th 2019
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Ed Byrne
November 22nd 2019
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Peter Pan
December 7th 2019
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TEDx
February 1st 2020
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