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?

Dreamboys
August 24th 2019
Until August 24th 2019
Assembly Hall Theatre
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ESO with Nicola Benedetti
September 7th 2019
Until September 7th 2019
Assembly Hall Theatre
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Rhod Gilbert
September 18th 2019
Until September 18th 2019
Assembly Hall Theatre
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The Legend of Barry White
September 19th 2019
Until September 19th 2019
Assembly Hall Theatre
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Heritage Open Day Tour
September 20th 2019
Until September 22nd 2019
Assembly Hall Theatre
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RTWSO: Howard Shelley
September 29th 2019
Until September 29th 2019
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Horrible Histories: Terrible Tudors
October 3rd 2019
Until October 6th 2019
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Horrible Histories: Awful Egyptians
October 3rd 2019
Until October 5th 2019
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Henning Wehn
October 10th 2019
Until 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
Until October 20th 2019
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Stagecoach Haywards Heath
October 27th 2019
Until 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
Until November 1st 2019
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RTWSO: Amy Harman
November 3rd 2019
Until November 3rd 2019
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Crescent Rd
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Kevin Bloody Wilson
November 4th 2019
Until November 4th 2019
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One Night of Queen
November 7th 2019
Until November 7th 2019
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Crescent Rd
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The Simon & Garfunkel Story
November 8th 2019
Until November 8th 2019
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
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An Evening with Lenny Henry
November 15th 2019
Until November 15th 2019
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Fastlove
November 17th 2019
Until November 17th 2019
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Psychic Sally
November 18th 2019
Until November 18th 2019
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Crescent Rd
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Ed Byrne
November 22nd 2019
Until November 22nd 2019
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Respect
November 23rd 2019
Until November 23rd 2019
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Made in Dagenham
November 26th 2019
Until November 30th 2019
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Crescent Rd
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Peter Pan
December 7th 2019
Until January 5th 2020
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Crescent Rd
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Lost in Music
January 30th 2020
Until January 30th 2020
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
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TEDx
February 1st 2020
Until February 1st 2020
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
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RTWSO: Opera Gala
February 2nd 2020
Until February 2nd 2020
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Crescent Rd
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Milton Jones
February 5th 2020
Until February 5th 2020
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German Cornejo's Tango Fire
February 14th 2020
Until February 14th 2020
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
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Jimmy Carr
February 26th 2020
Until February 26th 2020
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Crescent Rd
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ELO Again
February 28th 2020
Until February 28th 2020
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Crescent Rd
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Believe
February 29th 2020
Until February 29th 2020
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Crescent Rd
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RTWSO: Martin James Bartlett
March 1st 2020
Until March 1st 2020
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
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What's Love Got To Do With It?
March 6th 2020
Until March 6th 2020
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Crescent Rd
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Havana Nights
March 7th 2020
Until March 7th 2020
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Crescent Rd
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Aida
March 30th 2020
Until March 30th 2020
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Crescent Rd
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Giovanni Pernice
April 1st 2020
Until April 1st 2020
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Crescent Rd
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RTWSO: Thomas Gould
April 5th 2020
Until April 5th 2020
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Crescent Rd
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Burn the Floor - Anything You Can Do...
April 15th 2020
Until April 15th 2020
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Crescent Rd
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Beyond the Barricade
April 26th 2020
Until April 26th 2020
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Crescent Rd
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Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
April 29th 2020
Until April 30th 2020
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Crescent Rd
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RTWSO: Mozart & Bruckner
May 3rd 2020
Until May 3rd 2020
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Hello Again
May 6th 2020
Until May 6th 2020
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The Bootleg Beatles
June 11th 2020
Until June 11th 2020
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Crescent Rd
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Luther UK
September 18th 2020
Until September 18th 2020
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
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The World Famous Elvis Show
September 19th 2020
Until September 19th 2020
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
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Magic of Motown
October 2nd 2020
Until October 2nd 2020
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Crescent Rd
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Bowie Experience
October 3rd 2020
Until October 3rd 2020
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