Situated in the north-east of England, close to Newcastle, Sunderland is a mix of industrial buildings and large green spaces. Now known as a centre for science & technology and the automotive industry, the city also has many connections to literature, art, and pop culture; Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll frequently visited, and it is thought that some of his characters and settings were based upon places in the city. Home to several theatres, perhaps the most famous one is Sunderland Empire, which is best known in popular culture as the venue where Carry On actor Sid James suffered a heart attack whilst on stage, subsequently passing away. Sunderland will host top touring productions such as Mamma Mia! and The Ocean at the End of the Lane in 2022-23, offering entertainment for all ages.