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 45 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.

Mon 19 Nov

£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

Benidorm

Stage version of the long-running ITV sitcom.

Mon 14 Jan 2019

£12–£49.50 / 0844 871 3022

Tue 15 Jan 2019

£12–£49.50 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 16 Jan 2019

£12–£49.50 / 0844 871 3022

…and 3 more dates until 19 Jan 2019

Beyond the Barricade

A selection of the best-loved songs from new and classic West End shows like The Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia, The Lion King and Les Miserables.

Wed 17 Oct

£23–£27 / 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 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 comedy and musical interludes.

Sun 29 Apr

£26.15–£30.15 / 0844 871 3022

Calendar Girls: The Musical

A group of extraordinary women, members of a very ordinary Yorkshire WI, spark a global phenomenon by persuading one another to pose nude for a charity calendar.

Tue 19 Mar 2019

£15.90–£50.15 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 20 Mar 2019

£15.90–£50.15 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 21 Mar 2019

£15.90–£50.15 / 0844 871 3022

…and 2 more dates until 23 Mar 2019

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

A Country Night in Nashville

The ultimate celebration of country music.

Wed 2 May

£22.50–£27.50 / 0844 871 3022

Crazy For You

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

Tue 24 Apr

£15.90–£53.90 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 25 Apr

£15.90–£53.90 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 26 Apr

£15.90–£53.90 / 0844 871 3022

…and 2 more dates until 28 Apr

Crooners

Brand new comedy musical that uses the the tunes of the Rat Pack. Following three gentlemen who all exude the properties that make up a crooner: smoothness, suavity, and stylishness.

Thu 2 Aug

£25.65–£31.65 / 0844 871 3022

The Dreamboys

The Dreamboys are back and hotter than ever with a brand new show and UK tour for 2018. The Dreamboys are without a shadow of a doubt the UK's most famous and successful show of its kind in history. Their breathtaking show spectacular has been perfectly created for hen nights, birthday parties and girls nights out with…

Thu 26 Jul

£23.90–£34.40 / 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 21 Apr

£6 / 0844 871 3022

Sat 28 Apr

£6 / 0844 871 3022

Fame the Musical

Performing arts students dance and sing their way to success in this musical based on the hit movie.

Mon 8 Apr 2019

£13–£56.90 / 0844 871 3022

Tue 9 Apr 2019

£13–£56.90 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 10 Apr 2019

£13–£56.90 / 0844 871 3022

…and 3 more dates until 13 Apr 2019

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

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

The King Of Pop

Get ready to moonwalk the night away at a Michael Jackson tribute show whose star performer Navi once earned a standing ovation from the King of Pop himself.

Wed 4 Jul

£24–£26 / 0844 871 3022

  • 19:30

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.

Mon 24 Jun 2019

£13–£65 / 0844 871 3022

Tue 25 Jun 2019

£13–£65 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 26 Jun 2019

£13–£65 / 0844 871 3022

…and 9 more dates until 6 Jul 2019

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.

Sat 21 Apr

£15–£49 / 0844 871 3022

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

Mercury

Relive the music, outfits and excitement of the live Queen experience with this tribute band.

Thu 12 Jul

£24 / 0844 871 3022

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

£17.50–£67.50 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 25 Oct

£17.50–£67.50 / 0844 871 3022

Fri 26 Oct

£17.50–£67.50 / 0844 871 3022

…and 19 more dates until 17 Nov

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 Oct

£13–£29 / 0844 871 3022

Peter Pan

Fly off to Neverland with Peter and Wendy.

Fri 14 Dec

£10–£41.50 / 0844 871 3022

Sat 15 Dec

£10–£41.50 / 0844 871 3022

Sun 16 Dec

£10–£41.50 / 0844 871 3022

…and 17 more dates until 6 Jan 2019

Re-Take That

Tribute act to the all-conquering boy band.

Thu 14 Jun

£29.90–£39.90 / 0844 871 3022

Rock of Ages

Here we go again! The smash hit musical is back in the UK. Rock of Ages is an LA love story lavished with over 25 classic rock anthems. Lose yourself in a city and a time where the dreams are as big as the hair, and yes, they can come true! This hilarious musical comedy will have you singing and laughing along with its…

Tue 23 Jul 2019

£13–£52 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 24 Jul 2019

£13–£52 / 0844 871 3022

Thu 25 Jul 2019

£13–£52 / 0844 871 3022

…and 2 more dates until 27 Jul 2019

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.

Fri 3 Aug

£22–£27 / 0844 871 3022

Russell Brand: Re:Birth

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

Thu 3 May

£31.65 / 0844 871 3022

Sun 14 Oct

Phone for prices / 0844 871 3022

  • 20:00

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

Some Guys Have All The Luck: The Rod Stewart Story

The story of the legendary mullet-headed rocker, whose scratchy pipes lent a welcome note of sandpaper to such hits as 'Maggie May', 'I Don't Want To Talk About It' and 'Baby Jane', but who also wrote such enduring classics as 'You Wear It Well' and 'Every Picture Tells A Story'.

Sun 15 Jul

£20–£25 / 0844 871 3022

  • 19:30

Soul Unlimited: Heatwave & Odyssey

Double bill of funk, soul and disco hits.

Sun 22 Apr

£22.90–£30.40 / 0844 871 3022

Strictly Come Dancing 10th Anniversary Live Tour

Celebrities, professional dancers and judges take the popular BBC TV show on the road.

Sat 1 Jun 2019

£36.25–£56.25 / 0844 871 3022

Sun 2 Jun 2019

£36.25–£56.25 / 0844 871 3022

Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals

The show's pros ditch their celebrity albatrosses and do what they do best: dance.

Sat 1 Jun 2019

£39.15–£100.15 / 0844 871 3022

Sun 2 Jun 2019

£39.15–£100.15 / 0844 871 3022

Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals

This production sees some of the professional dancers from BBC's Strictly Come Dancing perform favourite ballroom dances.

Sat 1 Jun 2019

Times to be confirmed / Tickets on sale February 14th, 10am / 0844 871 3022

Sun 2 Jun 2019

Times to be confirmed / Tickets on sale February 14th, 10am / 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

This Is Elvis

Musical about Elvis Presley featuring his music.

Mon 18 Jun

£15.90–£48.40 / 0844 871 3022

Tue 19 Jun

£15.90–£48.40 / 0844 871 3022

Wed 20 Jun

£15.90–£48.40 / 0844 871 3022

…and 3 more dates until 23 Jun

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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