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 Mousetrap

    Suspect Everyone - The Mousetrap - Agatha Christie

    Assembly Hall Theatre - Tunbridge Wells

    21 Apr 2020 - 25 Apr 2020

    Discover why Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap has kept people guessing for so long, becoming the...

    Giovanni Pernice – This is Me

    Strictly Come Dancing favourite, Giovanni Pernice, is back with a BRAND NEW show for 2020...

    Assembly Hall Theatre - Tunbridge Wells

    1 Apr 2020

    Strictly Come Dancing favourite, Giovanni Pernice, is back with a brand new show for 2020,...

    Jason Donovan

    Even More Good Reasons Tour 2020

    Assembly Hall Theatre - Tunbridge Wells

    13 Oct 2020

    Jason Donovan came into our lives in the late 80s as Scott Robinson in the...

    Jimmy Carr Live

    Terribly Funny Tour

    Assembly Hall Theatre - Tunbridge Wells

    26 Feb 2020

    Comedian Jimmy Carr knows that terrible things happen in life – but he believes the...
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