Sunderland Empire Sunderland
Sunderland Empire Tickets
What’s On at Sunderland Empire
Sunderland Empire is hosting some fantastic events over the coming year, including plenty of touring shows for children and families. These include Disney's Aladdin, flying in from February 2024; and some huge West End shows including The Wizard of Oz and Wicked
Musicals are for all ages, and The Rocky Horror Show is another one to watch in January! Tickets for this rock 'n' roll worldwide phenomenon will put a smile on anyone’s face.
We would also be remiss to not mention one of the biggest events at Sunderland Empire, the annual pantomime. Beauty and the Beast is huge fun for the whole family, so start planning your trip now!
About the Sunderland Empire
Sunderland Empire, the largest theatre in the North East of England, first opened in July 1907 as the Empire Palace. It initially staged variety and music hall shows and throughout the 20th century has played host to a number of significant moments in live theatre. In 1967, Academy Award winner Helen Mirren made her stage debut at the Empire in David Halliwell’s Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs, whilst Carry On star Sid James passed away from a heart attack whilst performing in The Mating Season on 29 April 1976.
Boasting a large, traditionally decorated auditorium in a red and gold colour scheme and capacity of 2,000, Sunderland Empire was refurbished and the stage expanded in 2004. This allowed large scale West End productions to visit the venue whilst on tour. The theatre reopened with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express, and in 2005 hosted the European premiere of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’s first ever touring production.
Currently operated by Ambassador Theatre Group, Sunderland Empire regularly welcomes live music events, touring musicals, opera, ballet, dance and local amateur productions.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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What food and drink are available at Sunderland Empire?
The theatre’s own pizza restaurant, Pizza Al Teatro, is open for pre-show dining. The menu includes a range of sourdough pizzas, sharing platters and desserts.