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 29 events at this location

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9 to 5 The Musical

Smash-hit musical written by country superstar Dolly Parton detailing a tale of three workmates determined to alter their workplace environment. The award-winning score features over 15 hits including the famed '9 to 5' and 'Backwoods Barbie'.

Tue 5 Nov

£13–£100 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 6 Nov

£13–£100 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 7 Nov

£13–£100 / 0844 871 3022

…and 2 more dates until 9 Nov

ABBA Mania

Celebrating decades of golden hits with a recreation of the live Abba show.

Fri 19 Jul

£13–£27 / 0844 871 3022

Annie

Musical theatre classic Annie tours the UK.

Mon 7 Oct

£18–£69.50 / 0844 871 3022

Tue 8 Oct

£18–£69.50 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 9 Oct

£18–£69.50 / 0844 871 3022

…and 3 more dates until 12 Oct

Ant Middleton

An evening with the soldier, adventurer and star of C4's SAS: Who Dares Wins.

Fri 20 Sep

£31.65–£90.15 / 0844 871 3022

Avenue Q

Muppet/puppet musical tale – packed full of risqué songs – pondering what one can really do with their BA in English.

Wed 10 Jul

£13–£44.90 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 11 Jul

£13–£44.90 / 0844 871 3022

Fri 12 Jul

£13–£44.90 / 0844 871 3022

Sat 13 Jul

£13–£44.90 / 0844 871 3022

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…

Tue 12 Nov

£17–£80 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 13 Nov

£17–£80 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 14 Nov

£17–£80 / 0844 871 3022

…and 8 more dates until 23 Nov

Fri 28 Feb 2020

£13–£45.50 / 0844 871 3022

The Book of Mormon

  • Directed by: Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker
  • Written by: Matt Stone, Robert Lopez, Trey Parker

Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone's Tony Award-winning musical satire chronicling the misadventures of two Mormon missionaries in a remote village in northern Uganda.

Wed 28 Aug

£13–£95 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 29 Aug

£13–£95 / 0844 871 3022

Fri 30 Aug

£13–£95 / 0844 871 3022

…and 7 more dates until 7 Sep

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. Featuring timeless hits from the Carpenters repertoire including 'We’ve Only Just Begun', 'Superstar', 'Top of the World', 'Please Mr Postman' and many more.

Sat 20 Jul

£26.90–£29.40 / 0844 871 3022

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–£38.50 / 0844 871 3022

Sat 14 Dec

£10.25–£38.50 / 0844 871 3022

Sun 15 Dec

£10.25–£38.50 / 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

Fusion Project

A weekly community youth theatre programme for young people age 11–16 year old and based in Sunderland.

Sun 7 Jul

£57 / 0191 566 1054

Mon 15 Jul

£30 / 0191 566 1054

Grease

The much-loved sixties high-school romance comes to the stage via its acclaimed run at Leicester Curve. Directed by Curve’s Artistic Director, Nikolai Foster. Starring Peter Andre as Teen Angel.

Tue 30 Jul

£13–£57 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 31 Jul

£13–£57 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 1 Aug

£13–£57 / 0844 871 3022

…and 2 more dates until 3 Aug

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

Kinky Boots

  • Directed by: Jerry Mitchell
  • Written by: Harvey Fierstein, Cyndi Lauper (music & lyrics)

A man reluctantly inherits a shoe factory. To turn the business around he enlists the help of the stiletto-clad Lola. Tony and Grammy award-winning feel-good musical by Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper.

Tue 25 Jun

£13–£83 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 26 Jun

£13–£83 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 27 Jun

£13–£83 / 0844 871 3022

…and 8 more dates until 6 Jul

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–£45.50 / 0844 871 3022

The Magic of Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson tribute.

Wed 18 Sep

£27.90–£32.90 / 0844 871 3022

Motown The Musical

  • Directed by: Charles Randolph-Wright, Patricia Wilcox, Warren Adams
  • Written by: Berry Gordy

Nostalgic musical charting the journey of Berry Gordy from boxer to Motown music mogul.

Tue 15 Oct

£13–£87 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 16 Oct

£13–£87 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 17 Oct

£13–£87 / 0844 871 3022

…and 8 more dates until 26 Oct

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

On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan

Jukebox musical based around hits by Gloria and Emilio Estefan.

Mon 30 Sep

£13–£55 / 0844 871 3022

Tue 1 Oct

£13–£55 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 2 Oct

£13–£55 / 0844 871 3022

…and 3 more dates until 5 Oct

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

Re-Take That

Tribute act to the all-conquering boy band.

Sat 2 Nov

£30.15–£40.15 / 0844 871 3022

Riverdance

The Irish dance sensation returns by popular demand. The 2020 shows feature 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

Rock of Ages

The rock / jukebox musical comedy.

Tue 23 Jul

£13–£52 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 24 Jul

£13–£52 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 25 Jul

£13–£52 / 0844 871 3022

…and 2 more dates until 27 Jul

The Simon & Garfunkel Story

With a backdrop of projected photos and original film footage a full live band perform Simon & Garfunkel hits including 'Mrs Robinson', 'Cecilia', 'Homeward Bound' and many more. The story takes you through the stories that shaped their music, the dramatic split, their solo careers and a recreation of the 1982 Central…

Wed 17 Jul

£13–£27 / 0844 871 3022

Steve Steinman's Anything For Love: The Meat Loaf Story

New Meat Loaf-inspired show by Steve Steinman.

Thu 31 Oct

£13–£32.90 / 0844 871 3022

Sunderland Empire Theatre Tour

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 6 Jul

£6.50–£7.50 / 0844 871 3022

Sat 13 Jul

£6.50–£7.50 / 0844 871 3022

Sat 27 Jul

£6.50–£7.50 / 0844 871 3022

…and 7 more dates until 23 Nov

What's Love Got To Do With It?

Cabaret as Australian actor/singer/songwriter Ruth Katerelos takes the audience on a musical journey through various states of love with Monique Kenny on guitar.

Sun 21 Jul

£30.15–£35.15 / 0844 871 3022

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