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Read more about Trinity Theatre’s new Artistic Director and his role as Associate Director of The Play That Goes Wrong, London

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Trinity Theatre announce Sean Turner as new Artistic Director with a fresh focus on in-house productions. 


Sean is perhaps best known for uncovering Arthur Miller’s first play, No Villain and presenting the World Premiere production and its subsequent West End transfer. Sean will continue his role as Associate Director on The Play That Goes Wrong, having spearheaded and directed productions of the show across the world as well as caring for the continuing West End run at the Duchess Theatre.

In response to the impact of Covid-19, summer 2020 saw Sean move into new theatrical territory with the formation and curation of New Normal Festival. A month long open-air celebration of the arts designed to offer opportunities and financial support to artists and freelancers whose careers had been affected by the pandemic. The wildly successful and critically acclaimed artistic venture was one of the first live events to take place during the easing of restrictions last year.

“It’s weirdly moving to be in a real live audience for the first time since the start of lockdown, to see people’s thrill at being together again, and to hear the performers’ gratitude to everyone for being there.” The Guardian on The New Normal Festival


Trinity also announce their plans for this year’s Christmas production. Designed to bring Tunbridge Wells’ theatre-loving community together again, Turner’s inaugural production at the theatre will be The Prince and the Pauper, Mark Twain’s classic romp of mistaken identity. Trinity will bring this engaging literary story to vivid life in Jemma Kennedy’s playful and raucous adaptation. The production, directed by Turner himself, will have a brand-new original score and feature a stellar cast of multi-talented actor-musicians.

“After the last couple of years, I wanted to do a show that is full of laughter, adventure and wonderful music to bring us all back together in the best way I know how – joyful theatre!” Sean Turner


Quote from Alex Green, CEO, Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells:

“It was not only Sean’s artistic talent and theatrical experience that shone through but his tenacity and innate ability to develop creative opportunities that resonated most strongly with Trinity’s new direction. We are thrilled to welcome him to the team, excited by his enthusiasm and focus on developing our charitable and community goals through his artistic vision.”


Quote from Sean Turner, Artistic Director, Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells:

“I am overjoyed to be joining the team at Trinity as we enter a really exciting period of the theatre’s future. I am looking forward to creating world-class in-house professional productions, putting them front and centre of our programming as well as nurturing relationships with the very best in touring entertainment and building upon our burgeoning youth & outreach programmes. 

It’s already clear to me that Trinity holds a special place for so many. I want to spread that feeling throughout our community, grow our reputation nationally and make our astonishing building the beating artistic heart of Tunbridge Wells.” 

Sean Turner, Artistic Director Trinity Theatre Tunbridge Wells