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.