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.

Events at this venue

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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

  • Directed by: Marc Bruni
  • Written by: Gerry Goffin (music & lyrics), Barry Mann (music & lyrics), Cynthia Weil (music & lyrics), Douglas McGrath, Carole King (music & lyrics)

Musical charting the early life and career of the singer-songwriter and her husband Gerry Goffin.

Tue 6 Mar 2018

£17.90–£65.40 / 0844 871 3022

…and 2 more dates until 10 Mar 2018

Birmingham Royal Ballet: Swan Lake

  • Written by: Peter Wright

Tchaikovsky's ballet about a princess who's been turned into a swan.

Fri 16 Jun

£20.90–£27.90 / 0844 871 3022

The Bowie Experience

Tribute to the late, great David Bowie.

Sun 28 Jan 2018

£27.50 / 0844 871 3022

Bring It On: The Musical

A toe-tapping musical of female empowerment based on the film of the same name.

Tue 14 Nov

£17.50–£56 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 16 Nov

£17.50–£56 / 0844 871 3022

…and 2 more dates until 18 Nov

La Cage Aux Folles

Bill Kenwright's production sees Eastenders' star John Partridge take on the role of Albin alongside Broadway actor Adrian Zmed as Georges in this witty musical number about drag artists and family values, in which the characters are forced to cover up their vibrant lifestyle.

Tue 1 Aug

£17.90–£51.40 / 0844 871 3022

…and 2 more dates until 5 Aug

The Carpenters Story

  • Directed by: Phil Aldridge

Theatre show telling the tale of the brother/sister duo, featuring all the songs that made The Carpenters a legend in the world of music.

Sat 29 Jul

£25.90–£27.90 / 0844 871 3022

Dirty Dancing

  • Directed by: Sarah Tipple
  • Written by: Eleanor Bergstein

See Baby not put in the corner in the musical based on the late Patrick Swayze's popular film.

Mon 26 Jun

£15.40–£53.40 / 0844 871 3022

Tue 27 Jun

£15.40–£53.40 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 28 Jun

£15.40–£53.40 / 0844 871 3022

…and 3 more dates until 1 Jul

Dreamboats and Petticoats

  • Directed by: Bob Tomson
  • Written by: Laurence Marks, Maurice Gran

Jukebox musical based on the songs of Roy Orbison, the Shadows, Eddie Cochran, Billy Fury and others.

Mon 19 Jun

£16.90–£40.90 / 0844 871 3022

Tue 20 Jun

£16.90–£40.90 / 0844 871 3022

…and 3 more dates until 24 Jun

Ellen Kent: Madama Butterfly

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 - Puccini Madama Buuterfly Starring the Korean soprano Maria HeeJung Kim* and the international soprano…

Sat 27 Jan 2018

£15.40–£44.40 / 0844 871 3022

Ellen Kent's La Traviata

Opera & Ballet International proudly present an Ellen Kent Production Verdi La Traviata Starring Maria Tonina and Alyona Kistenyova The love story that gripped Paris Back by public demand A tragic tale of searing passion and memorable music, La Traviata is Verdi’s outstanding interpretation of one of the most popular…

Fri 26 Jan 2018

£15.40–£44.40 / 0844 871 3022

The ELO Experience

This tribute band recreates 'Mr Blue Sky' et al, probably with a more stable line-up than the real ELO.

Wed 14 Jun

Empire Tours 2017

Empire Tours 2017 at Sunderland Empire

Wed 21 Jun

Sat 24 Jun

Sat 1 Jul

English Youth Ballet: Swan Lake

A sumptuous production of the famous ballet featuring over 100 young dancers, highlighting the rivalry between the seductive evil Black Swan Odile and the beautiful but vulnerable White Swan Odette, as they compete for the affections of the Prince.

Fri 16 Jun

£20.90–£27.90 / 0844 871 3022

Flashdance

  • Directed by: Nikolai Foster, Phil Edwards (musical supervision), Arlene Phillips (choreography)
  • Written by: Tom Hedley (book), Robert Cary (book & lyrics), Robbie Roth (music)

A story of a young girl named Alex who is a welder by day and a 'flashdancer' by night. She dreams of becoming a professional dancer at the Shipley Dance Academy, but when a romance surfaces will it threaten her ambitions?

Mon 11 Sep

£20.40–£53.90 ( £16.50–£50) / 0844 871 3022

Tue 12 Sep

£20.40–£53.90 ( £16.50–£50) / 0844 871 3022

Wed 13 Sep

£20.40–£53.90 ( £16.50–£50) / 0844 871 3022

…and 3 more dates until 16 Sep

Flashdance

Musical about Alex: welder by day, dancer by night.

Mon 11 Sep

£17.90–£53.90 / 0844 871 3022

Tue 12 Sep

£17.90–£53.90 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 13 Sep

…and 3 more dates until 16 Sep

Hairspray

The feel-good musical comedy telling the story of Tracy Turnblad, a girl with big hair and big dreams.

Mon 25 Sep

£16.25–£55.50 / 0844 871 3022

Tue 26 Sep

£16.25–£55.50 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 27 Sep

…and 3 more dates until 30 Sep

Hairspray

A story of big hair and big heart, set in 1960s Baltimore and performed by Limelight Productions. And no, you can't stop the beat.

Mon 25 Sep

£20.50–£54.50 / 0844 871 3022

Tue 26 Sep

£20.50–£54.50 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 27 Sep

£20.50–£54.50 / 0844 871 3022

…and 3 more dates until 30 Sep

Jason Manford: Muddle Class

The comedian and actor – who formerly presented BBC's The One Show and was a team captain on hit Channel 4 panel show 8 Out of 10 Cats –returns to stand-up with his new show, Muddle Class.

Fri 21 Jul

Times to be confirmed / Phone for prices / 0844 871 3022

Sat 21 Jul 2018

Jersey Boys

The internationally acclaimed stage sensation, Jersey Boys is touring the UK and Ireland. This smash hit musical has won 55 major awards worldwide, including the Olivier Award for Best New Musical. Jersey Boys tells the true life story of four boys from the wrong side of the tracks who wrote their own songs, invented…

Tue 20 Mar 2018

£18–£66 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 21 Mar 2018

Thu 22 Mar 2018

£18–£66 / 0844 871 3022

…and 8 more dates until 31 Mar 2018

Jimmy Carr: The Best of Tour

Acerbic wit and dark, deadpan one-liners from familiar telly face Carr. The 8 Out of 10 Cats presenter has gathered some of his very best jokes, along with some new material and headed out on a mammoth UK tour.

Fri 1 Sep

Joe McElderry

Winner of series six of The X Factor (2009) and series two of Popstar to Operastar (2011), the young popster is probably best-known for singles 'The Climb' and 'Ambitions'.

Thu 10 Aug

£22.90–£48.90 / 0844 871 3022

Legally Blonde

An award-winning musical about a woman who signs up for law school to win back her boyfriend but discovers, top everyone's surprise, that she has a talent for legal practise.

Mon 16 Apr 2018

£15–£46.50 / 0844 871 3022

Tue 17 Apr 2018

£15–£46.50 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 18 Apr 2018

…and 3 more dates until 21 Apr 2018

Mamma Mia!

  • Directed by: Phyllida Lloyd
  • Written by: Catherine Johnson, Benny Andersson (music & lyrics), Bjorn Ulvaeus (music & lyrics)

The smash hit musical based on the songs of Abba continues to storm the UK.

Tue 17 Oct

£17.50–£64.50 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 18 Oct

£17.50–£64.50 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 19 Oct

…and 20 more dates until 11 Nov

Matilda: The Musical

  • Directed by: Matthew Warchus
  • Written by: Tim Minchin (adaptation, music & lyrics), Roald Dahl (book), Dennis Kelly (adaptation)

The Royal Shakespeare Company presents Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin's multi-award-winning musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's much loved tale about an extremely clever girl, who uses her extraordinary powers to free her classmates from the tyranny of sadistic headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. Directed by Matthew Warchus.

Tue 8 May 2018

£17.50–£89.50 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 9 May 2018

Thu 10 May 2018

£17.50–£89.50 / 0844 871 3022

…and 20 more dates until 2 Jun 2018

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.

Sat 7 Oct

Peace Train - The Cat Stevens Story

Exclusive pre-sale for HorsecrossRegular members – Wednesday 1 March: 10am Not a HorsecrossRegular? Buy your membership online now to qualify for the pre-sale. General tickets on sale Friday 3 March: 10am The fascinating story of the superstar songwriter who sold 60 million records but left it all behind at the…

Mon 4 Sep

£32.15–£36.65 / 0844 871 3022

Roy Chubby Brown

Controversial stand-up from the Yorkshire-born veteran.

Wed 6 Sep

£24.40 / 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.

Sat 2 Sep

Russell Brand: Re:Birth

The controversial stand-up embarks on his latest tour, inspired by the birth of daughter.

Thu 3 May 2018

Sun 14 Oct 2018

The Sensational 60's Experience

Relive the soundtrack to the swinging sixties, when pop music was at its finest! Herman's Hermits, Chris Farlowe, The Merseybeats, The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Fortunes, The Ivy League and New Amen Corner perform classic hits such as Hippy Hippy Shake, Out Of Time and I'm Into Something Good. Hosted by Alan Mosca from…

Thu 25 Jan 2018

£30.65–£32.65 / 0844 871 3022

Showaddywaddy

Doo wop nostalgia merchants who performed on Top of the Pops over 50 times and have now been together over 40 years.

Thu 7 Sep

£24 / 0844 871 3022

Shrek The Musical

Join Shrek and his noble steed Donkey as they set out on a magical quest to rescue Princess Fiona from a tower, guarded by a love-sick dragon - a task set by the vertically-challenged Lord Farquaad, in this hilarious musical adaptation of the Oscar-winning DreamWorks animation.

Wed 31 Jan 2018

£17.50–£55.50 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 1 Feb 2018

Fri 2 Feb 2018

£17.50–£55.50 / 0844 871 3022

…and 8 more dates until 11 Feb 2018

Son of a Preacher Man

A witty musical set to the hits of Dusty Springfield.

Tue 19 Sep

£15–£39.50 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 21 Sep

£15–£39.50 / 0844 871 3022

…and 2 more dates until 23 Sep

Spamalot

Funnier than the black death! Lovingly ripped off from the hugely successful 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot is a riotous comedy full of misfit knights, killer rabbits, dancing nuns and ferocious Frenchmen. Join King Arthur as he travels with his hapless Knights of the Round Table on a divine mission…

Tue 10 Oct

£21.40–£45.90 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 11 Oct

£21.40–£45.90 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 12 Oct

£21.40–£45.90 / 0844 871 3022

…and 2 more dates until 14 Oct

Stand By Me: The Ben-E King & Drifters Revue

The story of Ben E King and the Drifters. Featuring 'Under the Boardwalk', 'Saturday Night at the Movies', 'Up on the Roof', 'On Broadway' and more.

Tango Moderno

Tango performance.

Mon 20 Nov

£16.50–£52 / 0844 871 3022

Tue 21 Nov

£16.50–£52 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 22 Nov

Tap Factory

A mixed programme of contemporary dance styles including urban, tap dance, hip hop, comedy and acrobatics, accompanied by a live band.

Tue 3 Oct

£19.15–£31.65 / 0844 871 3022

A Vision of Elvis

2008 European Elvis Tribute Artist Champion Rob Kingsley presents the total Elvis package, from custom-made costumes to that curl of the lip.

Thu 5 Oct

£26.50 / 0844 871 3022

Wicked

  • Directed by: Joe Mantello
  • Written by: Stephen Schwartz (music & lyrics), Winnie Holzman

Smash-hit musical that acts as a prequel to The Wizard of Oz, with L Frank Baum's characters brilliantly re-imagined as two young girls who grow up to fulfil their destinies as Glenda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

Thu 6 Sep 2018

£20–£85 / 0844 871 3022

Fri 7 Sep 2018

£20–£85 / 0844 871 3022

Sat 8 Sep 2018

…and 18 more dates until 29 Sep 2018

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