Wicked - Sunderland Empire

Wicked, the untold story of the the witches of Oz, has been casting its magical spell over audiences across the world for over 10 years, and now it's heading for Sunderland.

Wicked tells the story of an unlikely friendship between two sorcery students and their extraordinary adventures. Packed with technical wizardry, stunning costumes and show-stopping songs, Wicked is an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages.

How to get here

For most people, the safest and easiest way to get to #SunAirshow is by public transport.

Buses

There will be Park and Ride bus services in operation, alongside standard and special event bus services. More details will be available nearer the time.

Metro

Nearest Metro station to the heart of the airshow is Seaburn, a 15-minute walk to the seafront.

Christmas Lights Switch On

Top pop star Pixie Lott will join The Right Worshipful Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Doris MacKnight, for the switch on event, taking place in Keel Square on Thursday 23 November.

The singer, who was a judge on television's The Voice and has appeared in a number of West End shows, will be performing a number of her best loved songs as part of the official launch of Christmas

The performance - which will take place at 5.30pm - is one of a whole host of events planned for the city's Christmas festivities.

Santa's Garden Grotto

Saturdays 2, 9 & 16 December, Sundays 3, 10 & 17 December

12pm – 3.30pm (30 minute sessions)

£5 per child

Meet Santa in his Winter Gardens Grotto, tell him your Christmas wishes and receive an edible gift. Make a magic beanstalk inspired by Jack and the Beanstalk at the elf station and follow the golden egg trail. The Winter Gardens will be open exclusively to ticketholders during these events.

Tickets available from the museum shop or www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/204455.

Shrek the Musical

Based on the story and characters from the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek the Musical is the hilarious and spectacular production that turns the world of fairytales upside down in an all-singing, all-dancing, must-see musical comedy.

Mamma Mia!

The sensational feel-good musical Mamma Mia! will come to Sunderland Empire from 17 October – 11 November 2017 as part of its first ever UK tour.

Mamma Mia! is Judy Craymer’s ingenious vision of staging the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs with an enchanting tale of family and friendship unfolding on a Greek island paradise.

To date, it has been seen by more than 60 million people in 50 productions in 16 different languages. Mamma Mia! The Movie starring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan, is the highest worldwide grossing live-action musical film of all time.

Port 300

300 years of the River Wear Commissioners and Port of Sunderland

The exhibition tells the important and fascinating story of how Port of Sunderland developed into a major trading port following the creation of the River Wear Commissioners in 1717, and the economic and industrial success that followed.

Exhibits will include paintings and prints, maps, photographs, documents, objects and models from the Museum’s own extensive collections as well as a specially commissioned short film and a programme of events and activities

New Year's Eve Monster Ceilidh Bash

7.30pm - 1am
Tickets £26.50 /£17.50 (under 16s)

Celebrate New Year's Eve in style at Arts Centre Washington and ejoy a night of dancing and great food and drink.

Get on your feet and join in the fun at our wonderful Ceilidh. Don't worry if you don't know the dances as a 'Caller' will lead you through all of them.

Providing the music for our New Year's Eve Ceilidh will be the high energy, fun loving Monster Ceilidh Band.

Come along for the perfect way to see in 2018.

There is also a buffet included in the price of the ticket.

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The Sunderland International Airshow is the biggest free airshow in Europe and celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2018, with hundreds of thousands of people enjoying magnificent flying displays and activities on the ground.

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