Programming Policy

Programming Policy

Our professional programme contains a mix of music, theatre and quality entertainment to ensure broad appeal within the local Tunbridge Wells borough and the region.

We have a mixed model where we carefully manage the professional programme with community and commercial hires.

The programme is not funded by Arts Council England but is solely funded by Benenden School. It is divided into two seasons: Winter (September – December) Spring / Summer (January – August).

We typically programme at least six to twelve months in advance.

The professional programme takes place in our Centenary Hall (capacity 578-708) The Benenden Theatre (capacity 293) and the Studio Theatre (capacity 50-80). We focus on contemporary and classical music and theatre. We do present dance, classic texts, musical theatre, family work, outdoor, tribute bands and variety acts in our professional programme – however please note that our programme is small, which means we have to be selective with our programming choices.

We are particularly keen on receiving one nighters and offer guarantees and split fee deals.


We are currently programming our Autumn 23 season as well as our Spring/Summer 24 season. We expect to complete all programming for Autumn by mid-April 23, so if you are interested in presenting work here during that season, please do get in touch quickly.

Please submit your programming enquiry to, providing as much information as possible. It would be great if you could provide as many of the following as possible:

  • Which season you’re submitting for
  • Information about you or your company (including production history and any previous show reviews)
  • Show title, synopsis, summary
  • Tour pack
  • Targeted audience (segments from The Audience Agency or alternatively defined)
  • Production shots
  • Show footage/trailers
  • Information on if this production can be seen elsewhere before booking
  • What deal/arrangement you would be looking for