Sunderland Empire seating plan

80 seat photos, 108 reviews

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 108 seat reviews and 80 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 I44
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allenmaher 5’ 8, 128 reviews
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Sunderland Empire I44 view from seat photo

Back row of Upper Circle. Seat located in central section at end of row. Plenty of legroom. Distant but good view of all stage with the exception of extreme stage right front which is partially obstructed by the safety rail at front of Upper Circle.... More

Saw Miss Saigon Miss Saigon on 29 October 2018

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Upper Circle H48
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allenmaher 5’ 8, 128 reviews
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Sunderland Empire H48 view from seat photo

Second row from back at left of theatre. In the centre of row of 9 seats. Very steep and uneven stairs down to seat. Enough legroom. Good view although distant of most of stage. Due to location front stage right and all of extreme stage right are not... More

Saw Miss Saigon Miss Saigon on 24 October 2018

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Upper Circle B50

amym 5" 3, 5 reviews
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Sunderland Empire B50 view from seat photo

Very limited legroom, was terrified on catching my knee on the back of the head of the person in front! This seat is classed as restricted view and it certainly is. The vast majority of the left hand side of the stage is out of view. The bar along ro... More

Saw Wicked Wicked on 29 September 2018

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