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. 

Want to get involved? Learn how to support this important work.




What's On?

RTWSO: Invitation to the Dance
October 31st 2021
Until October 31st 2021
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Nina Conti: The Dating Show
November 4th 2021
Until November 4th 2021
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Maximum R'n'B with The Manfreds
November 5th 2021
Until November 5th 2021
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
The Comedy Store
November 6th 2021
Until November 6th 2021
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
One Night Of Adele
November 7th 2021
Until November 7th 2021
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
English Touring Opera: Amadigi
November 9th 2021
Until November 9th 2021
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Living Dangerously
November 12th 2021
Until November 12th 2021
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Fireman Sam Live - Saves The Circus
November 13th 2021
Until November 13th 2021
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
The Magic Of The Beatles
November 13th 2021
Until November 13th 2021
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
RTWCS: Simply Schubert
November 14th 2021
Until November 14th 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
Cabaret 007
November 19th 2021
Until November 19th 2021
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Skate Tunbridge Wells
November 19th 2021
Until January 3rd 2022
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Bavarian Curling
November 19th 2021
Until January 2nd 2022
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Parent & Toddler Ice Skating
November 19th 2021
Until January 3rd 2022
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Kevin Bloody Wilson
November 20th 2021
Until November 20th 2021
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Destination Anywhere - A Musical Journey
November 24th 2021
Until November 27th 2021
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
RTWSO: More Music from the Movies
November 28th 2021
Until November 28th 2021
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
The Comedy Store
December 4th 2021
Until December 4th 2021
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Adam Kay: Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas
December 5th 2021
Until December 5th 2021
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
December 17th 2021
Until January 3rd 2022
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Jimmy Carr
January 19th 2022
Until January 19th 2022
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Legend - The Music of Bob Marley
January 20th 2022
Until January 20th 2022
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Frankie - The Concert
January 21st 2022
Until January 21st 2022
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Simon & Garfunkel Through the Years
January 22nd 2022
Until January 22nd 2022
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Made in Tennessee
January 28th 2022
Until January 28th 2022
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
Bee Gees Magic
February 2nd 2022
Until February 2nd 2022
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
The History of Soul
February 3rd 2022
Until February 3rd 2022
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Rob Lamberti
February 4th 2022
Until February 4th 2022
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Hits Out Of Hell - The Meatloaf Songbook
February 5th 2022
Until February 5th 2022
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
RTWSO: 100th Birthday Civic Concert
February 6th 2022
Until February 6th 2022
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
An Evening with Aggers & Tuffers
February 7th 2022
Until February 7th 2022
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Gordon Buchanan
February 8th 2022
Until February 8th 2022
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Killer Queen
February 9th 2022
Until February 9th 2022
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
The King is Back - Ben Portsmouth is Elvis
February 10th 2022
Until February 10th 2022
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Animals and Friends Farewell Tour
February 11th 2022
Until February 11th 2022
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
RTWSO: Celebrating International Women’s Day
March 6th 2022
Until March 6th 2022
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Trexstasy
March 16th 2022
Until March 16th 2022
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Pop Divas Live!
March 20th 2022
Until March 20th 2022
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Henning Wehn
March 27th 2022
Until March 27th 2022
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
RTWSO: Centenary Season Finale
April 3rd 2022
Until April 3rd 2022
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Count Arthur Strong: And This Is Me!
April 7th 2022
Until April 7th 2022
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Reginald D Hunter
April 20th 2022
Until April 20th 2022
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Think Floyd
April 21st 2022
Until April 21st 2022
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Nish Kumar: Control
April 24th 2022
Until April 24th 2022
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Tony Hadley
May 8th 2022
Until May 8th 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
Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
June 8th 2022
Until June 9th 2022
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Paul Merton's Impro Chums
June 10th 2022
Until June 10th 2022
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Strictly Presents: The Power of Dance
June 22nd 2022
Until June 22nd 2022
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Anton & Giovanni
July 11th 2022
Until July 11th 2022
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Jason Manford
July 20th 2022
Until July 21st 2022
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
The Quo Experience
August 12th 2022
Until August 12th 2022
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Bye Bye Baby
September 3rd 2022
Until September 3rd 2022
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
The Simon & Garfunkel Story
September 7th 2022
Until September 7th 2022
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Wrong Jovi
October 1st 2022
Until October 1st 2022
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Abbamania In Concert
October 4th 2022
Until October 4th 2022
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Sarah Millican
October 7th 2022
Until October 8th 2022
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
ELO Again
October 27th 2022
Until October 27th 2022
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
The Legends of American Country
November 1st 2022
Until November 1st 2022
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
The World Famous Elvis Show
November 5th 2022
Until November 5th 2022
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU
Sleeping Beauty
November 22nd 2022
Until November 22nd 2022
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU