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Tunbridge Wells’ Assembly Hall to become producing venue for the first time

Tunbridge Wells’ Assembly Hall Theatre is to begin producing its own work for the first time and has appointed Carole Winter to oversee the move.

Winter, the venue’s first in-house producer, will work with the local community as well as professional companies to develop a new programme for the theatre, as it prepares to move to a new 1,200 seat premises in 2021.

The theatre said the appointment marked an “exciting step change in the history of the theatre”, adding that it hoped to “develop a nationally recognised cultural programme in the borough of Tunbridge Wells”.

Winter established the education departments at both the National Theatre and the English Shakespeare Company. She co-founded production company MJE Productions and between 2005 and 2015 produced and co-produced shows including Blackbird in 2006.

She said she was looking forward to “contributing to the future culture, theatre and arts provision in the borough”.

Assembly Hall director John-Jackson Almond said Winter’s “wealth of theatre knowledge, production experience and access to an extended theatre network will enable us to forge a very different role as a producing as well as a receiving venue”.

The venue opened in 1939.