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Sunderland Empire


Opened in 1907, Sunderland Empire is the North East's flagship theatre. It's one of the region's largest venues with capacity to accommodate up to 2,200 people.

It has undergone a wealth of refurbishment since its opening, notably a £4.5m redevelopment project in 2004, which enabled the theatre to host West End shows.

This has put Sunderland Empire at the forefront of North East theatre, attracting season after season of record-breaking, smash-hit West End musicals, ballet and cutting-edge comedy.

The venue has hosted shows like Starlight Express, Miss Saignon, Wicked and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the calendar of events continues to grow every year, with some amazing shows lined up over the next 18 months.

For more information about the theatre, calendar of events, Live Card Membership or show information visit




Map & Directions

Road Directions

A1 South - Take the Durham turn off on to the A690, follow onto the A1231 to city centre.

A1 North - Take Washington turn off onto A1231, follow to city centre.

A19 South - Take the A1018 onto A1231 to city centre.

Public Transport Directions

Most train routes to Sunderland are via Newcastle Central, which can be reached by bus, train and Metro services.

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Provider Features

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction
  • No Smoking Attraction


  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - Induction loop system. Contact Carolyn Usher for details of access shows
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Ramp / Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (charge) - Nearest - Bridges Carpark 5 mins walk.

Payment Methods

  • American Express accepted
  • Booking essential
  • Delta accepted
  • Groups Accepted - Contact group sales on 0800 587 5007
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Max group size - 200
  • Min group size - 10
  • Special group rates - Not for all shows
  • Visa accepted

Provider Facilities

  • Toilets

Target Markets

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Children
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
  • Marketed Towards Students / Youth

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Opening Times

Box Office (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)

* Box Office will also be open 15 minutes after curtain up on performance days (normally 7.45pm). Sunday and bank holidays the Box Office is open one hour prior to performance time.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change


Thursday, 10th August 2017 - Thursday, 10th August 2017

Joe McElderry - The Gloria Tour
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Tuesday, 4th September 2018 - Saturday, 29th September 2018

Wicked at Sunderland Empire
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Monday, 26th June 2017 - Saturday, 1st July 2017

Dirty Dancing
more info

Tuesday, 4th April 2017 - Saturday, 8th April 2017

more info

Monday, 1st May 2017 - Saturday, 6th May 2017

Grease at Sunderland Empire
more info

Tuesday, 17th October 2017 - Saturday, 11th November 2017

Mamma Mia! at Sunderland Empire
more info

Wednesday, 10th May 2017 - Sunday, 14th May 2017

Saturday, 13th May 2017 - Saturday, 13th May 2017

Gangsta Granny at Sunderland Empire
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Monday, 25th September 2017 - Saturday, 30th September 2017

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Monday, 11th September 2017 - Saturday, 16th September 2017

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Tuesday, 23rd May 2017 - Saturday, 27th May 2017

Shout! The Musical
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