Sunderland Empire

Seating plan

Sunderland Empire seating plan

Sunderland Empire Seating Plan

The Sunderland Empire has a capacity of 1869 seats, including 829 seats in the Stalls, 426 seats in the Dress Circle, 396 seats in the Upper Circle and 218 seats in the Gallery. Use our interactive seating plan to view 296 seat reviews and 256 photos of views from seat.

Venue overview

Sunderland Empire Theatre is an early 1900’s theatre located in the heart of Sunderland city centre. Officially opening in July 1907, the venue is the largest theatre in the North East, and has been under the management of the Ambassador Theatre Group since 2010. With a seating capacity of 2,000, the theatre regularly hosts large-scale musicals, opera, ballet, dance and amateur productions. Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren made her stage debut at the venue in 1967, appearing in David Halliwell’s award-winning Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs.

Boasting a large, traditionally decorated auditorium with a modern seating rake, Sunderland Empire is built across four tiers; the Stalls, Dress Circle, Upper Circle and Gallery. The Dress Circle and Upper Circle are a similar size with approximately 350 to 400 seats each, whilst the Gallery is the smallest section with just over 200 seats. Views in the Stalls and Dress Circle are good throughout, whilst views from the Upper Circle and Gallery suffer slightly from the steep angle of the seating and distance from the stage.

Good value seats

Good views can be found throughout the Stalls and first two tiers of the Sunderland Empire, with bargains available at the ends of rows and the rear of most seating areas. Sitting in the rear of the Dress Circle and front of the Upper Circle offers great views for a discounted price.

Premium seats

Seats in the mid-front sections of the Stalls and Dress Circle offer the best overall views in the theatre. Seats in the Stalls offer good legroom, therefore sitting centrally in this section offers a perfect balance of view and comfort. For large-scale productions, the front of the Dress Circle offers a fantastic panoramic view that is unobstructed by the low safety rails.

Recent seat reviews

Stalls F3
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allenmaher 5’ 8, 215 reviews, 1 helpful vote
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Sunderland Empire Stalls F3 view from seat photo

Towards the end of the row. Great legroom as no seat directly in front. The view is ok for the price paid for seat but is massively obscured by the overhang from the slips above. Anything happening stage left is completely missed and at times during this... More

Saw The Bodyguard The Bodyguard on 19 November 2019

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Upper Circle B29
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allenmaher 5’ 8, 215 reviews, 1 helpful vote
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Sunderland Empire Upper Circle B29 view from seat photo

Right in the centre of the row in central section of upper circle. Good legroom and reasonably comfy. The view is obstructed by the safety rail at front of circle however when the whole of the row in front lean forward to get a better view the view is... More

Saw Motown the Musical Motown the Musical on 24 October 2019

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Dress Circle D1
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allenmaher 5’ 8, 215 reviews, 1 helpful vote
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Sunderland Empire Dress Circle D1 view from seat photo

End seat of aisle. Plenty of legroom and loads of space for coat or bag on floor next to your feet. Good view of most of stage. Slightly side view and stage right rear is restricted by location of seat and lighting equipment but doesn’t affect enjoyment... More

Saw Annie Annie on 10 October 2019

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