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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.
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Celebrating decades of golden hits with a recreation of the live Abba show.
All Or Nothing
A musical based on the 1960s group The Small Faces.
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.
Brendan Cole: All Night Long
Choreographer, performer and Strictly's dancer Brendan Cole performs more dazzling ballroom and Latin moves.
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story
- Directed by: Rob Bettinson
- Written by: Alan Janes
Celebrate the man and the music as the popular touring production of the rock musical rolls into town again.
Fri 10 Feb 2017
Sat 11 Feb 2017
La Cage Aux Folles
John Partridge stars as Albin and Adrian Zmed as Georges in this Bill Kenright production about drag artists and family values.
Wed 2 Aug 2017
Thu 3 Aug 2017
The Chicago Blues Brothers
Celebrating the music of The Blues Brothers with a packed revue of blues and soul.
The story of Cinderella and her ugly sisters is danced by Birmingham Royal Ballet.
Fri 17 Mar 2017
- 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: Maurice Gran
Jukebox musical based on the songs of Roy Orbison, the Shadows, Eddie Cochran, Billy Fury and others.
Wed 21 Jun 2017
Ellen Kent's La Bohème
Puccini's romantic opera is staged traditionally, directed by Ellen Kent and starring international soloists.
Ellen Kent's Nabucco
The four-act opera, composed in 1841 by Giuseppe Verdi, tells the story of the tyrannical Babylonian King who conquers and exiles Jews from their homelands. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.
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
Bill Kenwright presents his adaptation of the West End and Broadway smash hit musical, telling the tale of the life of the Argentinian political leader, Eva Peron.
Wed 5 Apr 2017
Thu 6 Apr 2017
Fairy Tale Tour
Your favourite fairy tales.
Musical about Alex: welder by day, dancer by night.
Wed 13 Sep 2017
The Full Monty
Oscar-winning writer Simon Beaufoy has adapted his feel great 1990s film about six washed-up Sheffield steel workers, who swap the dole queue for the stage. Gary Lucy, Joe Absolom, Andrew Dunn, Louis Emerick, Chris Fountain and Kai Owen flex their pecs to great songs by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones.
Wed 22 Mar 2017
- Written by: David Walliams
The world premiere performance of David Walliams' Gangsta Granny book, about a Friday night with Granny that ends up being more exciting than expected. Presented by the Birmingham Stage Company (Horrible Histories).
Thu 11 May 2017
Fri 12 May 2017
- Directed by: Arlene Phillips (choreographer)
- Written by: Jim Jacobs
The classic romantic musical, set in an American high school in the '50s.
The iconic story of girl-next-door Sandy, and her bad-boy love interest Danny Zuko. Featuring the hits 'Grease is the Word', and 'Hopelessly Devoted to You'.
Halfway To Paradise: The Billy Fury Story
Colin Gold and Fury's original backing band, Fury's Tornados, tell his story through words and music.
Iconic The Show
A live show crammed with hits from iconic movies, including Pulp Fiction, James Bond and Mad Max.
Tribute band to the prolific Hotel California songsters.
Jack and the Beanstalk
Panto fun with Jack and his beans.
Fri 15 Dec 2017
Sat 16 Dec 2017
Sun 17 Dec 2017
Jack Whitehall At Large
Posh-voiced, hairdo-ed star of Fresh Meat and Bad Education indulging in his first arena tour.
Jimmy Carr: The Best of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour
Acerbic wit and dark, deadpan one-liners from familiar telly face Carr.
Fri 1 Sep 2017
£31.65 / 0844 871 3022
BAFTA-award winning character actor Justin Fletcher presents a family-friendly mix of games, jokes, songs and plenty of surprises.
King of Pop - The Legend Continues
This incredible production stars the world’s leading MJ tribute artist Navi who is joined by Michael Jackson’s iconic guitarist – Jennifer Batten. Jennifer was Michael’s "right-hand woman" on three sell-out world tours. She was initially hand-picked to play on the Bad Tour but Michael was so impressed that she joined him…
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.
- Directed by: Phyllida Lloyd
- Written by: lyrics)
The smash hit musical based on the songs of Abba continues to storm the UK.
Thu 19 Oct 2017
Relive the music, outfits and excitement of the live Queen experience with this tribute band.
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.
Puppetry of the Penis
Puppetry of the Penis features two Australians who manipulate their genitals into various shapes, objects and landmarks.
Ross Noble: Brain Dump
The wild-haired Geordie, prone to wondrous tangents and surreal interludes, wanders back out on tour with a brand new show.
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.
Sensational 60's Experience
The Marmalade, Herman’s Hermits, Chris Farlowe and Steve Ellis’ Love Affair perform their evergreen hits.
The Sensational 60s Experience: The Tremeloes, Herman's Hermits, The Union Gap, Alan Mosca
Sixties rock and pop from the veteran lineup.
Thu 26 Jan 2017
£29.65–£31.65 / 0844 871 3022
The Simon & Garfunkel Story
The story of one of music's most compelling duos.
The Sleeping Beauty
Classic tale of poisoned apples, evil stepmothers and, naturally, Prince Charming.
Fri 9 Dec
Sat 10 Dec
Sun 11 Dec
A night of soul classics.
Longstanding, respected T-Rex tribute act. Glam rockers brace yourselves.
Steve Steinman's musical mixes comedy with rock music and, naturally, the undead.
The Wedding Singer
The story of wedding singer and rock star wannabe Robbie Hart, who falls for Julia while helping to plan her big day.
Wed 22 Feb 2017
Whitney: Queen Of The Night
A celebration of the music and life of Whitney Houston. This award-winning production features a stellar line up with rising West End star Rebecca Freckleton.
- Directed by: Javier de Frutos
- Written by: Moira Buffini (lyrics)
West End favourite Kerry Ellis stars in Frank Wildhorn's musical adaptation of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.