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Published on July 25th, 2018 | by Perrin


Assembly Hall Theatre

Assembly Hall Theatre Reveals This Year’s Panto!

AHT is very excited to reveal that this year’s Panto will be Sleeping Beauty! Starring Musical Theatre fave Claire Sweeney as The Fairy Queen, Milkshake’s Derek Moran as Silly Billy and the returning Quinn Patrick as our Dame!

Following last year’s record breaking production of Aladdin, the AHT and Martin Dodd for UK Productions proudly present another spectacular Christmas pantomime. Once upon a time in a land far away, a beautiful princess was born. Cursed by a wicked fairy, she was destined to spend her life as the Sleeping Beauty, until awakened by true love’s kiss… This magical story promises to be jam-packed with smash-hit songs, stunning sets, spectacular costumes, and majestic special effects.

The Panto runs from Friday 7 December to Wednesday 2 January and tickets are available now.

Final Exhibition Before Tunbridge Wells Museum Closes For Redevelopment

Don’t miss the final exhibition – ‘Staffages (2018)’ – in the Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery before it closes for redevelopment.

Last summer artist Steffi Klenz was given access to the collections and buildings of the Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery and Adult Education Centre and commissioned to develop a body of work exploring new correlations between the work of all three, alongside the library. The result is ‘Staffages (2018)’ – an exhibition of new photographic works illuminating the connections between museum object, site and viewer.

This is an exciting opportunity to see objects through Klenz’s eyes and to consider alternative cultural and visual links. The artist’s work illustrates new connections and shows how objects remain relevant, both culturally and visually, in different contexts.

The exhibition runs until 8 September.

Assembly Hall Theatre – Upcoming Highlights

Fame The Musical

This 30th anniversary touring show comes from Selladoor Productions, the critically acclaimed producers of Flashdance The Musical, Avenue Q, Little Shop of Horrors and American Idiot, for a weeklong stay at the AHT.

Based on the famous 1980 pop culture film, Fame the Musical is an international smash hit sensation that follows the lives of a group of students at New York’s famous High School for The Performing Arts as they navigate their way through highs and lows, romances and heartbreaks and ultimately celebrate the joy of life.

This bittersweet but uplifting show explores issues that confront many young people today, including prejudice, identity, pride, literacy, sexuality, substance abuse and the power of perseverance.

Ex Cathedra

This special concert by one of the UK’s leading choirs, Ex Cathedra, presents an epic programme titled ‘In 40 Parts’. Four beautiful pieces written in, well, 40 parts.

Conducted by Jeffrey Skidmore, the Birmingham-based choir celebrates the music of both Elizabethan ages alongside two pieces composed especially for Ex Cathedra. The concert also provides a rare opportunity to hear Thomas Tallis’s iconic 40-part ‘Spem in alium’.

‘In 40 Parts’ is the first part of the AHT’s plans to expand its classical programme, complementing the regular concerts by both the RTW Symphony Orchestra and RTW Choral Society, alongside the upcoming productions of Carmen and Swan Lake.

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