Sunderland Empire Theatre

Sunderland Empire Theatre

Sunderland Empire Theatre brings big West End productions, drama, comedy and musicals into the heart of the city.

It is the biggest theatre in the North East and guarantees an exciting programme of events, staging season after season of dazzling entertainment featuring West End musicals, classical ballet and spectacular dance productions, cutting-edge comedy and drama, plus music concerts and family shows including the annual star-studded pantomime.

This Grade 2 listed Edwardian theatre was built in 1907 and has a colourful history. It's where Sid James famously died on stage in front of a packed house, and where the likes of Charlie Chaplin, The Beatles and Tommy Steele have all performed.

The Sunderland Empire continues to bring big West End productions to the North East with the likes of Disney's ‘The Lion King’, ‘War Horse’ and ‘Wicked’. For the latest information on shows and to buy tickets click here.

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Roker beach is home to the unique 'cannonball' rock formations that were the inspiration for the seafront 'pods'.


Have you seen our lovely artwork of seafront events and attractions at Seaburn Metro station? We’re biased but it l… 7 hours 8 min ago
RT : Our new exhibition opens 10am on Sat 24 March - the BP Portrait Award 2017. Previously on show at 11 hours 43 min ago
RT : Great time earlier with and in preparation for and Active Sun… 13 hours 14 min ago
RT : 3 days to go! Join us for the opening of the new NGCA and the preview of Fiona Crisp: Material Sight this Friday 23… 14 hours 5 min ago
RT : Dur dur dur… War of the Worlds (the comedy version) comes to ACW 6 April! Join as they recreate dead… 14 hours 23 min ago
RT : What a beautiful morning with at Port of Sunderland! 15 hours 52 min ago
RT : It's ! Why not visit Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens to celebrate it! FREE & open… 18 hours 2 min ago
If you’ve never seen , it’s third time lucky. This fantastic show is on until 31 March. 18 hours 34 min ago
We couldn’t agree more , the North East coast is beautiful, and we spotted our lovely in… 1 day 8 hours ago
Come on Spring, we’re ready for ewe! 1 day 18 hours ago
Great advice here 👇 we’ve got lots of accommodation options for different budgets and styles. 2 days 11 hours ago
RT : The all-important route is here: 3 days 15 hours ago
The poor never gets a break! 4 days 11 hours ago
RT : It may be cold out there today...but you'll always get a warm welcome at our cafe in the Museum & Winter Gardens. L… 4 days 14 hours ago
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