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

There are 44 events at this location

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Awful Auntie

David Walliam's tale of Stella, who goes to London with her parents and wakes up three months later with no idea what has happened.

Thu 28 Jun 2018

£22.50–£26.50 / 0844 871 3022

Fri 29 Jun 2018

£22.50–£26.50 / 0844 871 3022

Sat 30 Jun 2018

£22.50–£26.50 / 0844 871 3022

Sun 1 Jul 2018

£22.50–£26.50 / 0844 871 3022

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

Wed 7 Mar 2018

£17.90–£65.40 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 8 Mar 2018

£17.90–£65.40 / 0844 871 3022

…and 2 more dates until 10 Mar 2018

Blood Brothers

Willie Russell's emotive musical.

Mon 27 Nov

£17.90–£47.90 / 0844 871 3022

Tue 28 Nov

£17.90–£47.90 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 29 Nov

£17.90–£47.90 / 0844 871 3022

…and 3 more dates until 2 Dec

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

Wed 15 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

Wed 2 Aug

£17.90–£51.40 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 3 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

Crazy For You

George Gershwin's multi-award winning musical set in the 1930s about the budding romance between Bobby, the son of a wealthy New York banker, and Polly, daughter of the proprietor of a failing theatre in Deadrock, Nevada. Starring Caroline Flack and Tom Chambers.

Tue 24 Apr 2018

£22.90–£53.90 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 25 Apr 2018

£22.90–£53.90 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 26 Apr 2018

£22.90–£53.90 / 0844 871 3022

…and 2 more dates until 28 Apr 2018

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. Following two West End runs and two UK Tours, the classic story of Baby and Johnny is back, featuring the hit songs ‘Do You Love Me?', ‘(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life’ and more.

Wed 28 Jun

£15.40–£53.40 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 29 Jun

£15.40–£53.40 / 0844 871 3022

Fri 30 Jun

£15.40–£53.40 / 0844 871 3022

Sat 1 Jul

£15.40–£53.40 / 0844 871 3022

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

Empire Tours 2017

Empire Tours 2017 at Sunderland Empire

Sat 1 Jul

£6 / 0844 871 3022

Sat 16 Sep

£6 / 0844 871 3022

Sat 23 Sep

£6 / 0844 871 3022

…and 8 more dates until 2 Dec

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

  • 19:30

Tue 12 Sep

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

  • 19:30

Wed 13 Sep

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

  • 14:30
  • 19:30
…and 3 more dates until 16 Sep

Flashdance

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

Mon 11 Sep

£17.90–£55.90 / 0844 871 3022

Tue 12 Sep

£17.90–£55.90 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 13 Sep

£17.90–£55.90 / 0844 871 3022

…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

£16.25–£55.50 / 0844 871 3022

…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

  • 19:30

Tue 26 Sep

£20.50–£54.50 / 0844 871 3022

  • 19:30

Wed 27 Sep

£20.50–£54.50 / 0844 871 3022

  • 14:30
  • 19:30
…and 3 more dates until 30 Sep

Islands in the Stream

Musical celebrating the queen and king of country: Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers.

Sun 1 Oct

£24.25–£26.50 / 0844 871 3022

Jack and the Beanstalk

Panto fun with Jack and his beans.

Fri 15 Dec

£11.90–£40.90 / 0844 871 3022

Sat 16 Dec

£11.90–£40.90 / 0844 871 3022

Sun 17 Dec

£11.90–£40.90 / 0844 871 3022

…and 18 more dates until 7 Jan 2018

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

£31.65 / 0844 871 3022

Jersey Boys

The internationally acclaimed stage sensation, Jersey Boys is working its way back to round the UK! This smash hit musical has won 57 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…

Tue 20 Mar 2018

£18–£66 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 21 Mar 2018

£18–£66 / 0844 871 3022

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

£31.75 / 0844 871 3022

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

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

£15–£46.50 / 0844 871 3022

…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

£17.50–£64.50 / 0844 871 3022

…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

£17.50–£89.50 / 0844 871 3022

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

£23.90–£30.90 / 0844 871 3022

Peace Train - The Cat Stevens Story

Australian singer Darren Coggan steps back in time to the 1970s to pay tribute to the enigmatic rock star, who sold more than 60 million albums.

Mon 4 Sep

£32.15–£36.65 / 0844 871 3022

Purple Rain

A live celebration of the life, legacy and music of Prince.

Mon 2 Jul 2018

£14–£41 / 0844 871 3022

Tue 3 Jul 2018

£14–£41 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 4 Jul 2018

£14–£41 / 0844 871 3022

…and 3 more dates until 7 Jul 2018

The Rat Pack - Live From Las Vegas

The boys are back in town to take you back to the glamorous, glitzy nights of Las Vegas in the late 50s and early 60s. The fabulous Burrelli Sisters and The Rat Pack Big Band join Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin performing at the famous Sands Hotel. It was at the Sands Hotel in 1960 that Frank Sinatra, Dean…

Tue 13 Mar 2018

£15.90–£43.90 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 14 Mar 2018

£15.90–£43.90 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 15 Mar 2018

£15.90–£43.90 / 0844 871 3022

…and 2 more dates until 17 Mar 2018

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

£25.75 / 01623 633133

Russell Brand: Re:Birth

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

Thu 3 May 2018

£31.75 / 0844 871 3022

Sun 14 Oct 2018

Phone for prices / 0844 871 3022

  • 20:00

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

£17.50–£55.50 / 0844 871 3022

Fri 2 Feb 2018

£17.50–£55.50 / 0844 871 3022

…and 8 more dates until 11 Feb 2018

Shrek the Musical

  • Directed by: Nigel Harman
  • Written by: David Lindsay-Abaire (lyrics)

An all-singing, all-dancing stage version of the popular films, packed with laughs and the odd tear.

Wed 31 Jan 2018

£28.50–£48.50 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 1 Feb 2018

£28.50–£48.50 / 0844 871 3022

Fri 2 Feb 2018

£28.50–£48.50 / 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

Wed 20 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

Sunset Boulevard

  • Directed by: Lonny Price
  • Written by: Don Black (lyrics)

Glenn Close stars as Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical adaptation of Billy Wilder’s classic 1950 film.

Tue 5 Jun 2018

£18–£59.50 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 6 Jun 2018

£18–£59.50 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 7 Jun 2018

£18–£59.50 / 0844 871 3022

…and 2 more dates until 9 Jun 2018

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

£16.50–£52 / 0844 871 3022

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

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.

Wed 14 Feb 2018

£24.65–£39.15 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 15 Feb 2018

£24.65–£39.15 / 0844 871 3022

Fri 16 Feb 2018

£24.65–£39.15 / 0844 871 3022

Sat 17 Feb 2018

£24.65–£39.15 / 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–£85.50 / 0844 871 3022

Fri 7 Sep 2018

£20–£85.50 / 0844 871 3022

Sat 8 Sep 2018

£20–£85.50 / 0844 871 3022

…and 18 more dates until 29 Sep 2018

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