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Pantomime In Sunderland

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

The pantomime this year is Beauty and the Beast at Sunderland Empire. Enter the Beast’s castle, where teacups talk, wardrobes sing, and a curse is waiting to be lifted with true love’s kiss! Whether you’re 5 or 105, you will adore the breath-taking magical effects, quirky characters and sensational songs in this family favourite.
The Beauty and the Beast cast in 2023 includes North East Queen of Comedy and Boulevard Cabaret club host Miss Rory as Rorina La Plonk and local lad and comedian Tom Whalley as Louis La Plonk. Further casting is to be confirmed.
The running time has not been confirmed, but it will include an interval of around 20 minutes during which you can purchase refreshments and stretch your legs. The Beauty and the Beast running time at past productions has been approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Beauty and the Beast pantomime ticket prices start at £13 and go up to £47. Some performances have Under 16, Under 25, Student and Senior concession prices available which can save you up to £10 per eligible ticket. Many seats in the theatre offer packages that include a drink from the bar, or bundles including the Children’s Christmas Cracker (juice drink, ice cream and popcorn for £10).
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