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?

The Glenn Miller Orchestra
July 1st 2018
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Birdsong
July 2nd 2018
Until July 7th 2018
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Dan Snow
July 9th 2018
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The Dreamboys
July 14th 2018
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The Vicar's Picnic 2018
July 20th 2018
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Rhythm of the Dance
July 24th 2018
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A Celebration of Neil Diamond
July 29th 2018
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A Unique Evening of Variety
August 11th 2018
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Fame The Musical
August 20th 2018
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Carmen
August 29th 2018
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Bing Live
September 11th 2018
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Genesis Legacy
September 13th 2018
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Legend
September 14th 2018
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The Doors Alive
September 15th 2018
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80s Mania
September 16th 2018
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Re-Take That and Party
September 20th 2018
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In 40 Parts
September 22nd 2018
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That'll Be The Day
September 23rd 2018
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Freddie Kempf
October 7th 2018
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Neil Oliver
October 11th 2018
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Psychic Sally
October 12th 2018
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The Carpenters Story
October 13th 2018
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King of Pop
October 14th 2018
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Swan Lake
October 17th 2018
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Emerald Storm
October 18th 2018
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Bootleg Beatles
October 20th 2018
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Johnny Cash Roadshow
October 21st 2018
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Killer Queen
October 24th 2018
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Rock 'n' Roll Paradise
October 25th 2018
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ELO Again
October 27th 2018
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Abbamania
October 28th 2018
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10cc
October 30th 2018
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Flawless
November 1st 2018
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Show of Hands
November 2nd 2018
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Joe Lycett
November 3rd 2018
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World War I Commemoration
November 4th 2018
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An Evening Shared
November 6th 2018
Until November 6th 2018
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Ross Noble
November 7th 2018
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Lee Hurst
November 10th 2018
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With Bells On
November 16th 2018
Until November 16th 2018
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Be Bop A Lula
November 17th 2018
Until November 17th 2018
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Hello, Dolly!
November 20th 2018
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Sarah Millican
November 25th 2018
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Simon Reeve
November 27th 2018
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You Win Again
November 30th 2018
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Dylan Moran
December 1st 2018
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Nicola Benedetti
December 2nd 2018
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Sleeping Beauty
December 7th 2018
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Think Floyd
January 12th 2019
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Vivaldi and Piazzolla - The 8 Seasons
January 13th 2019
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Faith
January 18th 2019
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Bowie Experience
January 19th 2019
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The Chicago Blues Brothers
January 20th 2019
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Magic of Motown
February 2nd 2019
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Aleksandar Djermanović
February 3rd 2019
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Beyond the Barricade
February 14th 2019
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Let's Hang On
February 15th 2019
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The Rocket Man
March 2nd 2019
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Katherine Lacy
March 3rd 2019
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Arrival
March 7th 2019
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Crescent Rd
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Sun Records
March 8th 2019
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Crescent Rd
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Taking Care of Elvis
March 22nd 2019
Until March 22nd 2019
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Crescent Rd
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Collabro
April 1st 2019
Until April 1st 2019
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Crescent Rd
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Hooray for Hollywood
April 7th 2019
Until April 7th 2019
Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Rd
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Paul Merton's Impro Chums
April 8th 2019
Until April 8th 2019
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Crescent Rd
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Julian Clary
May 18th 2019
Until May 18th 2019
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Crescent Rd
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Get Ready
October 12th 2019
Until October 12th 2019
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Crescent Rd
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The Simon & Garfunkel Story
November 8th 2019
Until November 8th 2019
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Crescent Rd
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