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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


Opening Times

Box Office (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)

* 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



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


Tuesday, 8th May 2018 - Saturday, 2nd June 2018

Matilda The Musical at Sunderland Empire
more info

Monday, 16th April 2018 - Saturday, 21st April 2018

Legally Blonde, The Musical at Sunderland Empire
more info

Tuesday, 24th April 2018 - Saturday, 28th April 2018

Crazy for you
more info

Thursday, 28th June 2018 - Sunday, 1st July 2018

David Walliams' Awful Auntie at Sunderland Empire
more info

Monday, 2nd July 2018 - Saturday, 7th July 2018

Purple Rain
more info

Tuesday, 5th June 2018 - Saturday, 9th June 2018

Sunset Boulevard
more info

Monday, 30th April 2018 - Tuesday, 1st May 2018

Gary Barlow 2018 at Sunderland Empire
more info

Tuesday, 28th August 2018 - Saturday, 1st September 2018

Madagascar Musical Adventure at Sunderland Empire
more info

Thursday, 3rd May 2018 - Thursday, 3rd May 2018

Russell Brand - Re:Birth at Sunderland Empire
more info

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