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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
Wed 7 Mar 2018
Thu 8 Mar 2018
Birmingham Royal Ballet: Swan Lake
- Written by: Peter Wright
Tchaikovsky's ballet about a princess who's been turned into a swan.
The Bowie Experience
Tribute to the late, great David Bowie.
Bring It On: The Musical
A toe-tapping musical of female empowerment based on the film of the same name.
Wed 15 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.
Wed 2 Aug
Thu 3 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.
- 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.
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.
Wed 21 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…
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…
The ELO Experience
This tribute band recreates 'Mr Blue Sky' et al, probably with a more stable line-up than the real ELO.
Empire Tours 2017
Empire Tours 2017 at Sunderland Empire
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.
- 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?
Wed 13 Sep
Musical about Alex: welder by day, dancer by night.
Wed 13 Sep
The feel-good musical comedy telling the story of Tracy Turnblad, a girl with big hair and big dreams.
Wed 27 Sep
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.
Wed 27 Sep
Jack and the Beanstalk
Panto fun with Jack and his beans.
Fri 15 Dec
Sat 16 Dec
Sun 17 Dec
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
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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…
Wed 21 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.
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'.
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.
Wed 18 Apr 2018
- 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.
Thu 19 Oct
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.
Wed 9 May 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.
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…
Roy Chubby Brown
Controversial stand-up from the Yorkshire-born veteran.
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.
Russell Brand: Re:Birth
The controversial stand-up embarks on his latest tour, inspired by the birth of daughter.
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…
Doo wop nostalgia merchants who performed on Top of the Pops over 50 times and have now been together over 40 years.
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.
Thu 1 Feb 2018
Son of a Preacher Man
A witty musical set to the hits of Dusty Springfield.
Wed 20 Sep
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…
Wed 11 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.
A mixed programme of contemporary dance styles including urban, tap dance, hip hop, comedy and acrobatics, accompanied by a live band.
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.
- 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.