Sunderland Empire

    The Sunderland Empire Theatre is a large theatre venue located in High Street West in Sunderland, North East England.

    Vesta Tilley laid the foundation stone of what is now the Sunderland Empire on 29 September 1906 and took to the stage on 1 July 1907 to officially declare the theatre open.

    Masterminded by two of the contemporary heads of British theatre, Edward Moss and Osward Stoll, the Sunderland Empire theatre has undergone many changes since it opened but remains the North East’s premier entertainment venue.

    Upcoming events at Sunderland Empire

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

    The most fantasmagorical musical of all time!

    Sunderland Empire

    22 Apr 2025 - 27 Apr 2025

    The most fantasmagorical musical of all time is flying into a venue near you in 2024!

    The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe

    Direct from the West End

    Sunderland Empire

    11 Nov 2025 - 15 Nov 2025

    Direct from London’s West End, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe

    An Inspector Calls

    JB Priestley's brilliantly constructed masterpiece

    Sunderland Empire

    8 Apr 2025 - 12 Apr 2025

    Stephen Daldry's multi award-winning National Theatre production of JB Priestley's classic thriller.

    Chicago The Musical

    the "sexiest musical ever" is back.

    Sunderland Empire

    4 Aug 2025 - 9 Aug 2025

    Chicago The Musical

    TINA – The Tina Turner Musical

    West End mega-hit TINA – The Tina Turner Musical tours the UK for the first time.

    Sunderland Empire

    26 Mar 2025 - 5 Apr 2025

    West End mega-hit TINA – The Tina Turner Musical on its first ever UK & Ireland tour.

    War Horse

    The National Theatre’s acclaimed production returns in an all-new UK tour.

    Sunderland Empire

    5 Nov 2024 - 16 Nov 2024

    War Horse is an unforgettable theatrical experience which takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France.


    The Musical on tour

    Sunderland Empire

    14 Apr 2025 - 19 Apr 2025

    Hairspray the Musical is back on tour near you

    Dear Evan Hansen

    The Tony Award Winning Best Musical

    Sunderland Empire

    19 Nov 2024 - 23 Nov 2024

    Dear Evan Hansen has a score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Oscar-winning composers for The Greatest Showman)

    Only Fools and Horses The Musical

    Fresh from Peckham

    Sunderland Empire

    25 Nov 2024 - 30 Nov 2024

    Hamilton On Tour

    HAMILTON is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton

    Sunderland Empire

    17 Jun 2025 - 26 Jul 2025

    Lin-Manuel Miranda’s multi award-winning cultural phenomenon Hamilton is touring the UK for the very first time in 2023/2024.

    & Juliet

    The Most Famous Love Story of All Time. Remixed.

    Sunderland Empire

    10 Sep 2024 - 21 Sep 2024

    What if Juliet’s famous ending was really just her beginning? What if she decided to...

    The Wizard of Oz

    Join Dorothy, Toto, and friends on an unforgettable adventure down the yellow brick road to the merry old land of Oz.

    Sunderland Empire

    6 Aug 2024 - 11 Aug 2024

    The Producer of the smash-hit Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat presents a brand-new production of THE WIZARD OF OZ, one of the world’s most beloved musicals.

    Rambert Dance in Peaky Blinders

    The Redemption of Thomas Shelby (second run)

    Sunderland Empire

    29 Oct 2024 - 2 Nov 2024

    Written and adapted for the stage by Peaky Blinders’ creator Steven Knight, Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby is a dance theatre show directed and choreographed by Rambert’s Artistic Director Benoit Swan Pouffer. The production will feature the 20 permanent Rambert dance company on stage, and a live band playing specially commissioned music.

    2:22 A Ghost Story

    An award-winning supernatural thriller

    Sunderland Empire

    21 May 2024 - 25 May 2024

    Jenny believes her new home is haunted, but her husband Sam isn't having any of it. They argue with their first dinner guests, old friend Lauren and new partner Ben. Can the dead really walk again?

    Wicked The Musical UK Tour

    Wicked imagines a beguiling backstory of two unlikely friends on their remarkable journey to becoming Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

    Sunderland Empire

    24 Sep 2024 - 20 Oct 2024

    Wicked, the West End and Broadway musical sensation is flying around the UK on a 23/24 tour.

    Jesus Christ Superstar

    An album that inspired a revolution.

    Sunderland Empire

    11 Jun 2024 - 15 Jun 2024

    Mesmerizing new production of the iconic global phenomenon, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

    Pretty Woman The Musical

    It’s time to head to Beverly Hills and experience one of Hollywood’s most beloved romantic stories of all time.

    Sunderland Empire

    28 May 2024 - 8 Jun 2024

    Big night out. Big. HUGE. Pretty Woman: The Musical is finally embarking on a UK and Ireland tour.
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