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 136 seat reviews and 107 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 I21
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allenmaher 5’ 8, 156 reviews
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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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Upper Circle B47
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allenmaher 5’ 8, 156 reviews
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Sunderland Empire B47 view from seat photo

Towards the end of the row only accessible via central stairs. Seat felt very cramped. Both my knees and feet were touching the seat in front ( I don’t have big feet). Decent view from seat. Side view so cannot see much of what is happening at back of... More

Saw Calendar Girls - The Musical Calendar Girls - The Musical on 19 March 2019

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Dress Circle A6
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allenmaher 5’ 8, 156 reviews
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Sunderland Empire A6 view from seat photo

Side view at stage left. Not great for access and legroom is limited. Clear view of 75% of stage but all of stage left is obstructed by the barrier of the slips. I would not choose this seat for a production I had not already seen as lots of action is... More

Saw Ghost The Musical Ghost The Musical on 16 March 2019

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