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 21 seat reviews and 16 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

Upper Circle A14
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allenmaher 5’ 8, 80 reviews
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Sunderland Empire A14 view from seat photo

On the right side of the upper circle. Front row. Legroom is very limited and knees were up against wall. Could see all of stage although slightly restricted by safety rail. I was able to get a better view by leaning forward as there was nobody sat b... More

Saw Shrek The Musical Shrek The Musical on 31 January 2018

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Dress Circle K1
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allenmaher 5’ 8, 80 reviews
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Sunderland Empire K1 view from seat photo

Good seat on end of row of 3 seats towards back of dress circle. Plenty of legroom and no trouble having to get up and down to allow others to take their seats. Full view of stage and not too distant that expressions of actors couldn’t be seen.... More

Saw Jack and the Beanstalk Jack and the Beanstalk on 17 December 2017

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Stalls G34
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allenmaher 5’ 8, 80 reviews
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Sunderland Empire G34 view from seat photo

Plenty of legroom. Close to end of row. Ticket sold as slightly restricted which is true. However you get an excellent close up view of most of the stage. The only restricted part is the back right hand side of stage which is partially blocked by sp... More

Saw Tango Moderno Tango Moderno on 20 November 2017

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