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 164 seat reviews and 136 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 D32
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allenmaher 5’ 8, 169 reviews, 1 helpful vote
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Sunderland Empire D32 view from seat photo

Towards end of row to stage right. Plenty of legroom. Good view of all stage. View slightly obscured by lighting equipment at side of stage but not significantly. Also sometimes the actors at front of stage mask that is going on at rear More

Saw Club Tropicana Club Tropicana on 22 May 2019

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Stalls A18
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allenmaher 5’ 8, 169 reviews, 1 helpful vote
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Sunderland Empire A18 view from seat photo

Front row towards the centre aisle. Good for access. Plenty of legroom. Full view of all of stage although at times the actors or props on stage obscured the view of what was going on at rear. Also very cold inside auditorium and smoke effects were right... More

Saw Hair the Musical Hair the Musical on 06 May 2019

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Upper Circle I21
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allenmaher 5’ 8, 169 reviews, 1 helpful vote
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Sunderland Empire I21 view from seat photo

Back row of centre section of upper circle. Seat is at end of row next to stairs. Good for access. Plenty of legroom and even more if you wish to put your legs in to the aisle. Good view of most of stage only the very top of elevated scenes obstructed... More

Saw Fame the Musical Fame the Musical on 08 April 2019

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