Sunderland Empire


Situated in an Edwardian theatre, Sunderland Empire is the North East's premier venue for smash-hit West End theatre. Built in 1906, Sunderland Empire is the region's largest venues and is a must-visit for theatre-goers who are ready to be entertained. 

Sunderland Empire attracts season after season of record-breaking, smash-hit West End musicals, ballet, theatre and cutting-edge comedy as well as hosting its annual panto. Some of the biggest productions on tour have performed at Sunderland Empire including War Horse, the RSC's Matilda, Wicked and Phantom of the Opera and their calendar of events continues to grow every year, with some amazing shows lined-up over the next 18 months.

Visitors can experience live theatre in the opulent surroundings of Sunderland Empire's lavish venue and is less than 30 minutes from Newcastle city centre when travelling by Metro. 

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

Opening Times

Box Office (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)

* 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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  • 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

Provider Features

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

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, 17th March 2020 - Saturday, 21st March 2020

Beautiful | The Carole King Musical at Sunderland Empire
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Monday, 20th July 2020 - Monday, 20th July 2020

Jimmy Carr | Terribly Funny at Sunderland Empire
more info

Wednesday, 4th November 2020 - Saturday, 5th December 2020

The Phantom of the Opera at Sunderland Empire
more info

Tuesday, 8th September 2020 - Saturday, 19th September 2020

MAMMA MIA! at Sunderland Empire
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Monday, 26th October 2020 - Saturday, 31st October 2020

Strictly Ballroom at Sunderland Empire
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Thursday, 6th February 2020 - Saturday, 8th February 2020

Thriller Live at Sunderland Empire
more info

Tuesday, 18th February 2020 - Saturday, 22nd February 2020

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Sunderland Empire
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Wednesday, 25th March 2020 - Saturday, 28th March 2020

Million Dollar Quartet at Sunderland Empire
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Saturday, 12th December 2020 - Sunday, 3rd January 2021

Snow White at Sunderland Empire
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Tuesday, 9th June 2020 - Saturday, 13th June 2020

Bring It On The Musical at Sunderland Empire
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Thursday, 12th March 2020 - Thursday, 12th March 2020

Friday, 13th March 2020 - Friday, 13th March 2020

Saturday, 14th March 2020 - Saturday, 14th March 2020

Birmingham Royal Ballet's Swan Lake at Sunderland Empire
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