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?

Park Safari: Dunorlan Park
August 21st 2019
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That'll Be The Day
August 22nd 2019
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Dreamboys
August 24th 2019
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English Symphony Orchestra
September 7th 2019
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Rhod Gilbert
September 18th 2019
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The Legend of Barry White
September 19th 2019
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Heritage Open Day Tour
September 20th 2019
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RTWSO: Howard Shelley
September 29th 2019
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Horrible Histories: Terrible Tudors
October 3rd 2019
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Horrible Histories: Awful Egyptians
October 3rd 2019
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Henning Wehn
October 10th 2019
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Little Monster
October 11th 2019
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Get Ready
October 12th 2019
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King of Pop
October 20th 2019
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Stagecoach Haywards Heath
October 27th 2019
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Ben Elton Live
October 28th 2019
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The Nutcracker
October 29th 2019
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Russell Kane
November 1st 2019
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RTWSO: Amy Harman
November 3rd 2019
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Kevin Bloody Wilson
November 4th 2019
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One Night of Queen
November 7th 2019
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The Simon & Garfunkel Story
November 8th 2019
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An Evening with Lenny Henry
November 15th 2019
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Fastlove
November 17th 2019
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Psychic Sally
November 18th 2019
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Ed Byrne
November 22nd 2019
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Respect
November 23rd 2019
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Made in Dagenham
November 26th 2019
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Peter Pan
December 7th 2019
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Lost in Music
January 30th 2020
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TEDx
February 1st 2020
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RTWSO: Opera Gala
February 2nd 2020
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Milton Jones
February 5th 2020
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German Cornejo's Tango Fire
February 14th 2020
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Jimmy Carr
February 26th 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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Aida
March 30th 2020
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Giovanni Pernice
April 1st 2020
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RTWSO: Thomas Gould
April 5th 2020
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Burn the Floor - Anything You Can Do...
April 15th 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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RTWSO: Mozart & Bruckner
May 3rd 2020
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Hello Again
May 6th 2020
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The Bootleg Beatles
June 11th 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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