The 2023 Sunderland panto is Beauty and the Beast, with an enchanting cast including North East comedy favourite Miss Rory. The entire family will be swept away by this breath-taking adventure, which is packed full of magic, music, true love and laughs over the festive season.
As Christmas approaches, Sunderland is festooned with glittering decorations and events. The former Crowtree site transforms into a Christmas Funderland and there has even been a smattering of Hollywood in the city’s festive history: when the Sunderland Empire reopened in 2004, it brought panto season back with a bang as Mickey Rooney starred in Cinderella that year! With or without Tinseltown stars, the Empire has entertained families with an annual panto almost every year since 1960.