Sunderland Empire Sunderland
What's On at the Sunderland Empire
The Lion King
Running for over 20 years in the West End, this Disney classic is one to be seen to be believed.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
From best-selling author Neil Gaiman, this fantasy-filled production is stunningly crafted for the stage by the National Theatre.
Birmingham Royal Ballet - Swan Lake
Tchaikovsky's masterpiece is marvellously brought to the stage under the inimitable Peter Wright.
The Lion King
See the spectacular on-stage musical based on the hit Disney film - wowing audiences for over 20 years!
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
A truly fantastical family night out that must be seen to be believed.
Everybody's Talking About Jamie
See why everyone's talking about him! A feel good story about being true to yourself.
Featuring songs by Take That, these five friends from the 90s come back together to see their favourite band.
After playing for over 70 years in the West End, Agatha Christie's famous whodunnit is now on tour.
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 touring musicals, opera, ballet, dance and local amateur productions.
Map and Directions
Plan Your Visit
The theatre’s Garden Place Bistro is open for pre-show dining. Tables can be booked by calling 0191 566 1064.