Sunderland Empire

Sunderland Empire
4–5 High Street West, Sunderland, Tyne And Wear, SR1 3EX
  • Telephone 0844 871 3022
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Opened in 1907 as the Empire Palace, this 1,860 seater is one of the largest theatres in the North East. Famous performers include Tommy Steele and Helen Mirren who made their débuts at the theatre, and Sid James who suffered his fatal heart attack performing on the stage in 1976. The dome and tower part of the building has recently been refitted with a state-of-the-art LED and floodlight system that illuminates the main entrance in the evening.

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AJ Pritchard's AJ Live 2020 UK Tour

Strictly favourite and serial semi-finalist AJ Pritchard is back out on the road in 2020 after his debut tour in 2019. “I am so excited to be bringing ‘AJ Live 2020’ out to theatres around the UK. I have been planning this tour since I first began dancing aged 12, so you are in for a real treat and I cannot wait to…

Sun 8 Mar 2020

£30.40–£71.40 / 0844 871 3022

Birmingham Royal Ballet - Class On Stage - Swan Lake

Ever wondered what a ballet dancer does to prepare for a day of rehearsal and performance? This is your chance to watch an open Company class on stage and find out.

Sat 14 Mar 2020

£10 / 0844 871 3022

Birmingham Royal Ballet - First Steps - Swan Lake

This hour-long, interactive show, specially adapted for children aged 3+, features ballet excerpts from Swan Lake, performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet's amazing dancers and orchestra, interspersed with scenes in which a storyteller introduces the children to the music and the leading characters, and shares some technical…

Thu 12 Mar 2020

£10 / 0844 871 3022

Birmingham Royal Ballet - Swan Lake

Ballet’s greatest love story returns in * Birmingham Royal Ballet *’s lavish production. This romantic fable of ill-fated passion, powerfully illuminated by Tchaikovsky’s legendary score played live by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, has bewitched audiences for generations. By a moonlit lake, a grieving prince witnesses the…

Thu 12 Mar 2020

£13–£51.90 / 0844 871 3022

Fri 13 Mar 2020

£13–£51.90 / 0844 871 3022

Sat 14 Mar 2020

£13–£51.90 / 0844 871 3022

Blood Brothers

Written by Willy Russell, the legendary Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences. Few musicals have received quite such acclaim as the multi-award winning Blood Brothers. Bill Kenwright’s…

Tue 3 Dec

£13–£69.50 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 4 Dec

£13–£69.50 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 5 Dec

£13–£69.50 / 0844 871 3022

…and 2 more dates until 7 Dec

The Bodyguard

★★★★★ 'The hottest ticket in town' Sunday Mirror The international, award-winning smash-hit musical based on the blockbuster film, The Bodyguard is back! Following her triumphant West End run and sell-out UK Tour, three-time Brit nominee and X-Factor winner, Alexandra Burke* returns to the role of Rachel Marron. Former…

Wed 13 Nov

£17–£80 / 0844 871 3022

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Thu 14 Nov

£17–£80 / 0844 871 3022

Fri 15 Nov

£17–£80 / 0844 871 3022

…and 7 more dates until 23 Nov

Fri 28 Feb 2020

£13–£45.50 / 0844 871 3022

Cabaret

Bill Kenwright presents the multi award-winning production of Kander and Ebb’s landmark musical, Cabaret. Directed by National Theatre Director Rufus Norris, the production has enjoyed two smash hit West End runs at The Lyric and The Savoy theatres. Cabaret features show-stopping choreography, dazzling costumes and…

Tue 28 Jan 2020

£13–£71 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 29 Jan 2020

£13–£71 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 30 Jan 2020

£13–£71 / 0844 871 3022

…and 2 more dates until 1 Feb 2020

Cinderella

You shall go to the ball next Christmas, with the spectacular Fairy Godmother of all pantomimes Cinderella! Join Cinders as she transforms from rags to riches, outwits her very ugly sisters, plus with the help of her best friend Buttons, a magical Fairy Godmother and a glittering glass slipper, wins the heart of the…

Fri 13 Dec

£10.25–£41 / 0844 871 3022

Sat 14 Dec

£10.25–£41 / 0844 871 3022

Sun 15 Dec

£10.25–£41 / 0844 871 3022

…and 17 more dates until 5 Jan 2020

Cinderella Get Creative Workshop

Interactive show-themed activity session for under 11s and their parents or carers.

Fri 13 Dec

£8 / 0844 871 3022

Sat 14 Dec

£8 / 0844 871 3022

Sun 15 Dec

£8 / 0844 871 3022

…and 7 more dates until 24 Dec

Curtains: The Whodunit Musical

Jason Manford stars in Kander and Ebb's musical about the murder of a leading lady.

Tue 21 Jan 2020

£13–£50.25 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 22 Jan 2020

£13–£50.25 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 23 Jan 2020

£13–£50.25 / 0844 871 3022

…and 2 more dates until 25 Jan 2020

Dennis & Gnasher: The Musical

C'mon gang! This brand-new musical brings the iconic comic characters, Dennis and Gnasher, BLAM-tastically to life in an all new adventure - live on stage! With rocking music, hilarious pranks and Dennis’s trademark humour, the mischievous twosome and their best friends, the Dinmakers; Rubi, JJ and Pieface (and his pet…

Wed 20 May 2020

£13–£50 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 21 May 2020

£13–£50 / 0844 871 3022

Fri 22 May 2020

£13–£50 / 0844 871 3022

Sat 23 May 2020

£13–£50 / 0844 871 3022

Derren Brown: Showman

*Derren Brown returns to the stage with his brand-new live show! *   The multi award-winning master of mind control and psychological illusion, Derren Brown, is at his very best on stage. His one-man shows have received wide critical acclaim and more Olivier wins and nominations than any other in history!   Now with his…

Tue 4 Aug 2020

£22.65–£60.65 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 5 Aug 2020

£22.65–£60.65 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 6 Aug 2020

£22.65–£60.65 / 0844 871 3022

…and 2 more dates until 8 Aug 2020

Elvis Costello & The Imposters

With four albums in the Rolling Stone ‘500 Greatest Albums of all Time’ list, Elvis Costello is a true song-writing legend. Sharing the stage will be The Waterboys who, throughout their near 35-year career, have cemented themselves as one of the most loved bands in the UK and Nick Lowe who famously produced Elvis…

Tue 3 Mar 2020

£55.40–£100.40 / 0844 871 3022

Heathers The Musical

Greetings and salutations! Welcome to Westerberg High, where Veronica Sawyer is just another of the nobodies dreaming of a better day. But when she’s unexpectedly taken under the wings of the three beautiful and impossibly cruel Heathers, her dreams of popularity finally start to come true. Until JD turns up, the…

Tue 21 Jul 2020

£13–£71 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 22 Jul 2020

£13–£71 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 23 Jul 2020

£13–£71 / 0844 871 3022

…and 2 more dates until 25 Jul 2020

An Inspector Calls

Winner of 19 Major Awards! From Stephen Daldry, the Oscar nominated Director of The Reader, The Hours and Billy Elliot, comes the multi award-winning West End production of J.B. ****Priestley ’s classic thriller, *An Inspector Calls. * Hailed as the theatrical event of our generation winning more awards than any…

Tue 21 Apr 2020

£13–£45 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 22 Apr 2020

£13–£45 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 23 Apr 2020

£13–£45 / 0844 871 3022

…and 2 more dates until 25 Apr 2020

Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny

Acerbic wit and dark, deadpan one-liners from familiar telly face Carr.

Sat 20 Jun 2020

£33.65 / 0844 871 3022

Madama Butterfly An Ellen Kent production

Opera & Ballet International proudly presents an Ellen Kent production with international soloists, highly-praised chorus and full orchestra Winner of The Best Opera Award Liverpool Daily Post Theatre Awards Back by overwhelming public demand, this award winning Opera returns with exquisite sets including a…

Sat 29 Feb 2020

£13–£46 / 0844 871 3022

Menopause The Musical 2

In our brand-new show, Cruising Through Menopause, the hysterical sequel to the smash-hit show Menopause The Musical®, we fast forward five years to catch up with the same four ladies as they set off on the high seas for tales of their lives, loves and losses. Hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings, memory lapses…

Tue 25 Feb 2020

£35 / 0844 871 3022

Million Dollar Quartet

Following its success in the West End, Las Vegas and on Broadway, Million Dollar Quartet is coming! This worldwide smash-hit musical is inspired by the famous recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On December…

Wed 25 Mar 2020

£13–£70.50 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 26 Mar 2020

£13–£70.50 / 0844 871 3022

Fri 27 Mar 2020

£13–£70.50 / 0844 871 3022

Sat 28 Mar 2020

£13–£70.50 / 0844 871 3022

Motown's Greatest Hits: How Sweet It Is

Celebrating over 50 years of Motown music with tributes to The Four Tops and The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, the Jackson 5 and many more.

Thu 30 Apr 2020

£13–£46.90 / 0844 871 3022

One Night of Elvis: Lee 'Memphis' King

An evening in the company of top Elvis impersonator Lee 'Memphis' King, performing a selection of Presley's hip-shaking greatest hits.

Thu 18 Jun 2020

£24–£45 / 0844 871 3022

Riverdance

The Irish dance sensation returns by popular demand. This shows feature an all-new production produced by Moya Doherty and directed John McColgan. Bill Whelan's Grammy-winning soundtrack remains.

Fri 1 May 2020

£42.65–£59.15 / 0844 871 3022

Sat 2 May 2020

£42.65–£59.15 / 0844 871 3022

Sun 3 May 2020

£42.65–£59.15 / 0844 871 3022

The Roy Orbison Story

Roy Orbison tribute singer Barry Steele and his five-piece show band singing hits by the Big O plus a special tribute to the time Roy spent with The Traveling Wilburys, and Bono.

Sun 16 Feb 2020

£13–£53 / 0844 871 3022

The Sensational 60s Experience

Music show featuring Mike Pender (original voice of the Searchers), The Trems, The Fortunes, The Swinging Blue Jeans and The Dakotas. Hits include 'Needles and Pins', 'Silence Is Golden', 'Storm In A Teacup', 'Hippy Hippy Shake', 'Little Children' plus many more.

Thu 27 Feb 2020

£13–£33 / 0844 871 3022

Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Living Dangerously

The explorer discusses his record-breaking experiences and expeditions.

Tue 14 Jan 2020

£27.90–£34.90 / 0844 871 3022

Sunderland Empire Theatre Tour (16th Nov 2019)

Offering a unique opportunity to find out more about our Edwardian theatre and experience behind the scenes action before curtain up! Tours may also include access to dressing rooms and the stage, allowing you to see the set and lighting up close and personal. Concluding with tea and coffee. Tours will last approximately…

Sat 16 Nov

£6.50–£7.50 / 0844 871 3022

Sat 23 Nov

£6.50–£7.50 / 0844 871 3022

Sat 1 Feb 2020

£7.50 / 0844 871 3022

Sat 15 Feb 2020

£7.50 / 0844 871 3022

Thriller Live

  • Directed by: Gary Lloyd, John Maher (musical director)
  • Written by: Adrian Grant (adapt)

A celebration of Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5 featuring top hits and some stunning multi-media razzmatazz.

Thu 6 Feb 2020

£13–£47 / 0844 871 3022

Fri 7 Feb 2020

£13–£47 / 0844 871 3022

Sat 8 Feb 2020

£13–£47 / 0844 871 3022

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