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Sunderland Empire capacity

The Sunderland Empire has a capacity of 1869 seats. Section capacities are 829 Stalls, 426 Dress Circle, 396 Upper Circle and 218 Gallery. Use our interactive seating plan to view 802 seat reviews and 732 photos of views from seat.

Boasting a large, traditionally decorated auditorium with a modern seating rake, 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.

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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 audience views

Upper Circle B10

rachelglen 7 reviews
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Sunderland Empire Upper Circle B10 view from seat photo

You can see the safety bar but it doesn't massively take away from the experience. For the price it is a decent view. I never mind sitting in the upper dress circle as you get to see a great show without paying too much. More

Saw Mamma Mia! Mamma Mia! on 14 July 2022

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Dress Circle H2

laurenallen 8 reviews
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Sunderland Empire Dress Circle H2 view from seat photo

Seat was very comfortable with plenty of legroom. We had seats H1-H4 and had a great view from all. Just to note that the row is entered by H6 and there’s no entry from H1 although beside H1 has lots of space! More

Saw Mamma Mia! Mamma Mia! on 14 July 2022

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Upper Circle F10

rachelglen 7 reviews
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Sunderland Empire Upper Circle F10 view from seat photo

This seat was really good for the price. We were far enough back that the safety rail didn't impact on our view. We just couldn't see the far right of the stage very well. Good view of a majority of the stage. Plenty of leg room. (5ft6in for reference) More

Saw 25 Years of Lord Of The Dance 25 Years of Lord Of The Dance on 25 May 2022

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