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Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

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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 10 seat reviews and 5 photos of views from seat. Sunderland Empire Seating Plan

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.

Sunderland Empire Info

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.

Location and Map

High Street West, Tyne and Wear, Sunderland, SR1 3EX

Accessible Seats

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Getting into the Venue
Sunderland Empire is situated on High Street West, with step-free access through the Foyer Bar to the main Stalls auditorium entrance. The Box Office is located 30 metres down High Street West from the Foyer Bar entrance and can be accessed through automatic doors. A drop-off point is located directly outside of the theatre.

Customer lifts are available to take patrons to the Stalls and Dress Circle. All other sections of the venue must be accessed via steps. There is level access from the main foyer to wheelchair spaces in the Stalls of the auditorium and level access via a customer lift to wheelchair accessible Boxes in the Dress Circle.

Customer Assistance
Patrons with limited mobility and wheelchair users are advised to book seats in the Stalls. Box B and C in the Dress Circle are available for access patrons and should be inquired about in advance. Those who wish to transfer into aisle seats are advised to bring a companion and notify the theatre when booking. Staff are on hand to assist with navigation and the use of customer lifts.

An at-seat service can be requested for those who are unable to access the bars, or for those who wish to remain seated during the interval. Please note that there is no cloakroom available at this venue.

How to Book
For those who require assistance or wish to book wheelchair or transfer spaces in the Stalls or Dress Circle Boxes, it is important to book in advance to guarantee availability and notify the theatre of any special requirements. Discounted tickets are available for access patrons and one companion, with the price depending on the show booking.

For further information, ticket bookings and assistance please call the free access line: 0800 912 6971 or email: