The theatre has been one of Kent’s leading cultural venues for the last three quarters of a century. The Assembly Hall Theatre stages a variety of performances covering big West End musicals to beloved children’s pantomimes, and covers genres of drama, music, dance, and variety shows.
The venue is also the home of resident talents, where Tunbridge Wells Operatic and Dramatic Society, Symphony Orchestra and Choral Society all come the Assembly Hall Theatre home. It further warrants its status as a local landmark by engaging with schools, the elderly and charities through various programmes, projects and workshops. Young people can also enjoy the Hall’s youth drama club that holds weekly events.
Its participatory programming is embedded in both the venue’s mission and history. The Assembly Hall was built in 1939 - shortly after Kent’s Opera House was transformed into a cinema in 1931 and the city was left with no theatre. The Hall consequently became an emblem of the community’s desire for modern theatre and an engaging source of entertainment.
Visiting the venue today, theatre-goers can enjoy the site’s surrounding amenities. There are plenty of places to eat and drink around, as well as accommodation for those venturing from further afield.