Assembly Hall Theatre – Tunbridge Wells

    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.

    Upcoming Shows at The Assembly Hall Theatre - Tunbridge Wells

    The World According To Kaleb

    Kaleb Goes On Tour

    Assembly Hall Theatre - Tunbridge Wells

    9 Feb 2024

    Shut the gate! Kaleb Cooper, Chipping Norton’s finest celebrity farmer and Sunday Times bestselling author is going on tour.

    Dawn French

    is a huge Twat Tour

    Assembly Hall Theatre - Tunbridge Wells

    14 Oct 2023

    Dawn French, one of the biggest names in British comedy returns to the stage

    Professor Brian Cox – Horizons: A 21st Century Space Odyssey

    What does it mean to live a small, finite life in a vast, eternal Universe?

    Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

    5 Mar 2024

    Horizons is a celebration of our civilisation, of our music, art, philosophy and science; an optimistic vision of our future if we continue to explore Nature with humility and to value ourselves and our fellow human beings.

    An Evening with Anton Du Beke

    Strictly Come Dancing legend and judge, Anton Du Beke, takes to the stage with his show in 2023.

    Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

    10 Oct 2023

    Strictly Come Dancing legend and judge, Anton Du Beke, takes to the stage with his show in 2023.

    Ross Noble

    Jibber Jabber Jamboree stand-up show

    Assembly Hall Theatre - Tunbridge wells

    3 Nov 2023

    Ross Noble has announced a new 53-date stand-up tour Jibber Jabber Jamboree.
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