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 271 seat reviews and 232 photos of views from seat.
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.
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.