New director named for the town’s theatre

    John-Jackson (JJ) Almond

    The Council-operated Assembly Hall Theatre has appointed a new director in John-Jackson (JJ) Almond. He replaces Brian McAteer, who left the post in November.

    JJ Almond has an extensive background in the performing arts with artistic and management experience. His career spans 20 years as a manager, freelance director, producer, artistic director and executive director.

    He is currently Executive Director at Park Theatre, London and will be joining the Assembly Hall in May.

    His appointment comes following major refurbishment at the theatre and as the Council embarks on a major project to replace the existing venue.

    Cabinet member for leisure Cllr Jane March said: “I look forward to the infl uence of his London theatre experience on the local cultural offer. I hope he finds it as culturally pleasing here as so many of our residents do.”

    JJ Almond said he looked forward to ‘what will be an exceptionally exciting time for the theatre and the wider cultural and creative industries in Tunbridge Wells’.

    At Park Theatre (Fringe Theatre of the year 2015) he oversaw the opening and operation of the new purpose-built theatre in Finsbury Park, London, for its first three years.