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 48 events at this location

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ABBA Mania

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

Thu 19 Jul

£14.50–£19.50 / 0844 871 3022

An Audience With Michael Bolton

The American singer-songwriter hosts an intimate evening in which he shares the pictures and stories behind his music.

Wed 14 Feb

£26.25–£121.25 / 0844 871 3022

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

£22.50–£26.50 / 0844 871 3022

Fri 29 Jun

£22.50–£26.50 / 0844 871 3022

Sat 30 Jun

£22.50–£26.50 / 0844 871 3022

Sun 1 Jul

£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

£15–£64.50 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 7 Mar

£15–£64.50 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 8 Mar

£15–£64.50 / 0844 871 3022

…and 2 more dates until 10 Mar

Beauty and the Beast Sing-a-long

  • 2017
  • USA
  • 2h 9min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Bill Condon
  • Cast: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans

Choose Belle, the Beast, or both and sing the soundtrack to this Disney classic.

Wed 28 Feb

£15 / 0844 871 3022

The Bowie Experience

Tribute to the late, great David Bowie. Featuring songs including 'Space Oddity', 'Starman', 'Fashion', 'Life on Mars', 'China Girl', 'Rebel Rebel', 'Golden Years' and 'Modern Love'.

Sun 28 Jan

£27.50 / 0844 871 3022

Brian Conley: The Greatest Entertainer

Cheeky, cheerful and irrepressible, Brian Conley has been making the UK laugh since the age of 16 when he broke into the industry in that classic fashion - as a Pontin's Bluecoat. Since then he has lent his talents to a string of Saturday night TV shows and Royal Variety performances, delighting with his cabaret-style…

Sun 29 Apr

£26.15–£30.15 / 0844 871 3022

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 14 Jul

£26.90–£28.90 / 0844 871 3022

The Circus of Horrors: The Never Ending Nightmare

The troupe celebrates its 21st anniversary with its latest spectacular featuring an amalgamation of bizarre, brave and beautiful acts all woven into an Alice in Horrorland type story driven by a mainly original soundscape.

Sat 3 Mar

£19.50–£29.50 / 0844 871 3022

A Country Night in Nashville

The ultimate celebration of country music.

Wed 24 Jan

£22.50–£27.50 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 2 May

£25.40–£30.40 / 0844 871 3022

Crazy For You

George Gershwin's glamorous musical set in the 1930s, starring Hollie Cassar and Tom Chambers.

Tue 24 Apr

£22.90–£53.90 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 25 Apr

£22.90–£53.90 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 26 Apr

£22.90–£53.90 / 0844 871 3022

…and 2 more dates until 28 Apr

Ellen Kent: Madama Butterfly

Ellen Kent directs Puccini's heart-breaking tale about a Japanese girl who falls in love and marries an American naval lieutenant. Featuring soprano Maria JeeJung Kim from the Korean National Opera. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Sat 27 Jan

£15.40–£44.40 / 0844 871 3022

Ellen Kent's La Traviata

Ellen Kent directs Verdi's passionate story about Violetta, exhausted and ill due to her life as a restless Parisian courtesan, who falls in love with Alfredo. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Fri 26 Jan

£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 18 Jul

£23–£25.50 / 0844 871 3022

Empire Tours 2017

Empire Tours 2017 at Sunderland Empire

Sat 3 Feb

£6 / 0844 871 3022

Sat 10 Feb

£6 / 0844 871 3022

Sat 17 Feb

£6 / 0844 871 3022

…and 6 more dates until 28 Apr

FastLove

An affectionate celebration of the life and music of George Michael including his early days with Wham!.

Fri 27 Jul

£25.65–£35.65 / 0844 871 3022

Gary Barlow

Solo from Take That's songwriter-singer, promoting his new album, the cheesily titled Since I Saw You Last.

Mon 30 Apr

£40.15–£170.15 / 0844 871 3022

Tue 1 May

£40.15–£170.15 / 0844 871 3022

Icons of The 80s - Go West & Cutting Crew

Go West and Cutting Crew are here to service all your 80s nostalgia needs.

Sun 11 Mar

£33.50–£47.75 / 0844 871 3022

Illegal Eagles

Tribute band to the prolific Hotel California songsters.

Sun 4 Mar

£26.40–£28.40 / 0844 871 3022

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.

Sat 21 Jul

£31.65 / 0844 871 3022

Jersey Boys: The Story Of Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons

The popular musical, which has attracted audiences across the UK, celebrates the remarkable rise to stardom of one of the most successful bands in pop music history. The performance features catchy songs, including Beggin', Can't Take My Eyes Off You, December 1963 (Oh What A Night) and more.

Tue 20 Mar

£18–£67 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 21 Mar

£18–£67 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 22 Mar

£18–£67 / 0844 871 3022

…and 8 more dates until 31 Mar

The League of Gentlemen: Live Again!

Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton, Mark Gatiss and Jeremy Dyson bring their dark, unhinged characters from the popular BBC television series to the stage.

Fri 24 Aug

£40.15–£44.65 / 0844 871 3022

Sat 25 Aug

£40.15–£44.65 / 0844 871 3022

Sun 26 Aug

£40.15–£44.65 / 0844 871 3022

Legally Blonde: The Musical

Musical based on the Reese Witherspoon film.

Mon 16 Apr

£15–£48.50 / 0844 871 3022

Tue 17 Apr

£15–£48.50 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 18 Apr

£15–£48.50 / 0844 871 3022

…and 3 more dates until 21 Apr

Madagascar: A Musical Adventure

Join Alex, Marty, Melman, Gloria and the gang of plotting penguins for a musical adventure. Based on the DreamWorks film Madagascar.

Tue 28 Aug

£16.90–£43.40 / 0844 871 3022

  • 19:30

Wed 29 Aug

£16.90–£43.40 / 0844 871 3022

  • 14:30
  • 19:30

Thu 30 Aug

£16.90–£43.40 / 0844 871 3022

  • 14:30
  • 19:30
…and 2 more dates until 1 Sep

Madagascar the Musical

Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto your stage in this musical based on the hit film.

Tue 28 Aug

£16.90–£47.40 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 29 Aug

£16.90–£47.40 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 30 Aug

£16.90–£47.40 / 0844 871 3022

…and 2 more dates until 1 Sep

The Magic of Motown

Tribute to the sweet soul sounds of Motown starring the supremely-talented Magic of Motown band, with hits made famous by the Isley Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Martha Reeves and more.

Sat 28 Jul

£24.40–£36.40 / 0844 871 3022

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

£17.50–£89.50 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 9 May

£17.50–£89.50 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 10 May

£17.50–£89.50 / 0844 871 3022

…and 20 more dates until 2 Jun

Miss Saigon

  • Directed by: Geoffrey Garratt
  • Written by: Michael Mahler (lyrics)

Set in 1975 during the final days of the American occupation of Saigon, this tragic musical follows the relationship between an American GI and the young Vietnamese woman who is sold to him for a night.

Wed 24 Oct

£30–£66 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 25 Oct

£30–£66 / 0844 871 3022

Fri 26 Oct

£30–£66 / 0844 871 3022

…and 19 more dates until 17 Nov

Money for Nothing

A Dire Straits tribute band.

Sun 18 Feb

£25.50 / 0844 871 3022

Peter Pan

Fly off to Neverland with Peter and Wendy.

Fri 14 Dec

£10–£36 / 0844 871 3022

Sat 15 Dec

£10–£36 / 0844 871 3022

Sun 16 Dec

£10–£36 / 0844 871 3022

…and 17 more dates until 6 Jan 2019

Purple Rain

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

Mon 2 Jul

£14–£41 / 0844 871 3022

Tue 3 Jul

£14–£41 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 4 Jul

£14–£41 / 0844 871 3022

…and 3 more dates until 7 Jul

The Rat Pack Live From Las Vegas

A show celebrating music from Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jnr and Dean Martin.

Tue 13 Mar

£15.90–£43.90 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 14 Mar

£15.90–£43.90 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 15 Mar

£15.90–£43.90 / 0844 871 3022

…and 2 more dates until 17 Mar

The Rocket Man

Tribute to the piano rock of Sir Elton John.

Fri 2 Mar

£27.50 / 0844 871 3022

Russell Brand: Re:Birth

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

Thu 3 May

£31.65 / 0844 871 3022

Sun 14 Oct

Phone for prices / 0844 871 3022

  • 20:00

Satinder Sartaaj

The Punjabi Sufi singer and poet performs all of his classic hits as well as new material.

Thu 1 Mar

£29.15–£80.15 ( £26.25–£76.25) / 0844 871 3022

  • 20:00

The Sensational 60s Experience

Music show featuring Mike Pender (original voice of the Searchers), Chris Farlowe, Herman’s Hermits, The Fortunes, the New Amen Corner. Hits include 'Needles and Pins', 'Out of Time', 'I’m Into Something Good', 'Storm in a Tea Cup', 'Bend Me Shape Me' plus many more.

Thu 25 Jan

£30.65–£32.65 / 0844 871 3022

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

£17.50–£60.50 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 1 Feb

£17.50–£60.50 / 0844 871 3022

Fri 2 Feb

£17.50–£60.50 / 0844 871 3022

…and 8 more dates until 11 Feb

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…

Fri 20 Jul

£23–£26 / 0844 871 3022

Sunset Boulevard

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

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

Tue 5 Jun

£18–£59.50 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 6 Jun

£18–£59.50 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 7 Jun

£18–£59.50 / 0844 871 3022

…and 2 more dates until 9 Jun

Tanguera

Tango show from Argentina.

Tue 20 Feb

£14–£49.50 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 21 Feb

£14–£49.50 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 22 Feb

£14–£49.50 / 0844 871 3022

…and 2 more dates until 24 Feb

Think Floyd

The tribute band pays homage to the legendary rock outfit.

Sun 25 Feb

£27 / 0844 871 3022

This Is Elvis

Musical about Elvis Presley featuring his music.

Mon 18 Jun

£15.90–£44.90 / 0844 871 3022

Tue 19 Jun

£15.90–£44.90 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 20 Jun

£15.90–£44.90 / 0844 871 3022

…and 3 more dates until 23 Jun

Thoroughly Modern Millie

An adaptation of the 1967 film of the same name telling the story of a small town girl trying to make her dreams come true in New York City, with Hayley Tamaddon in the title role.

Tue 10 Apr

£13.50–£44.50 / 0844 871 3022

  • 19:30

Wed 11 Apr

£13.50–£44.50 / 0844 871 3022

  • 14:30
  • 19:30

Thu 12 Apr

£13.50–£44.50 / 0844 871 3022

  • 19:30
…and 2 more dates until 14 Apr

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Musical based on the 1967 Julie Andrews' movie.

Tue 10 Apr

£13.50–£47 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 11 Apr

£13.50–£47 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 12 Apr

£13.50–£47 / 0844 871 3022

…and 2 more dates until 14 Apr

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 15 Feb

£24.65–£39.15 / 0844 871 3022

Fri 16 Feb

£24.65–£39.15 / 0844 871 3022

Sat 17 Feb

£24.65–£39.15 / 0844 871 3022

War Horse

  • Directed by: Toby Sedgwick
  • Written by: Michael Morpurgo (book)

The National Theatre's staging of Michael Morpurgo's novel about a farm horse called Joey caught up in the horrors of WWI.

Wed 6 Feb 2019

£11.90–£66.40 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 7 Feb 2019

£11.90–£66.40 / 0844 871 3022

Fri 8 Feb 2019

£11.90–£66.40 / 0844 871 3022

…and 13 more dates until 23 Feb 2019

Whitney: Queen of the Night

A celebration of the life and music of Whitney Houston through three decades of classic hits.

Fri 4 May

£23.90–£30.40 / 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

£20–£87 / 0844 871 3022

Fri 7 Sep

£20–£87 / 0844 871 3022

Sat 8 Sep

£20–£87 / 0844 871 3022

…and 18 more dates until 29 Sep

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