Sunderland Empire Sunderland

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 119 seat reviews and 89 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 D36
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allenmaher 5’ 8, 146 reviews
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Sunderland Empire D36 view from seat photo

In central section of upper circle. Seat located at end of row next to stairs so good for access. Although there was enough legroom seat felt cramped with little space for coat. View was very restricted. Could see very little of what was going on at... More

Saw War Horse War Horse on 13 February 2019

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Stalls D8
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allenmaher 5’ 8, 146 reviews
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Sunderland Empire D8 view from seat photo

Seat is towards the end of the row. Felt quite cramped and legroom wasn’t the greatest. Good view of all stage with the exception of the extreme stage left. Although not relevant to this show there is lighting/sound equipment in view that could obscu... More

Saw The Rocky Horror Show The Rocky Horror Show on 28 January 2019

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Upper Circle C9
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allenmaher 5’ 8, 146 reviews
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Sunderland Empire C9 view from seat photo

Towards the end of the row with access only via central steps. Felt quite cramped and knees were touching the seat in front. Good view of all of stage only very slightly restricted by the safety rail at front of circle.... More

Saw Benidorm Benidorm on 16 January 2019

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