Sunderland Empire

The Sunderland Empire is the North East’s largest theatre. The venue regularly hosts everything from concerts to comedy, and ballet to musicals. It’s most recent refurbishment was in 2000 and these improvements mean that it is now the only theatre between Manchester and Edinburgh that is capable of staging large-scale West End productions.


I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue comes to the Sunderland Empire in January - win tickets!

Sandy Toksvig takes the helm for the touring incarnation of BBC Radio 4's multi-award-winning antidote to panel games

Mike Elliott: Memories of a big personality after his death at the age of 68

We remember Mike Elliott who made a big contribution to the North East entertainment scene over many years

Review: Snow White, Sunderland Empire, until January 4 2015

This year's offering packs in everything one might to find in pantoland, and a bit more besides. Tamzin Mackie took her kids along

Comic Jason Manford on his upcoming role alongside Ross Noble in The Producers

The show, which is coming to the Sunderland Empire in Spring 2015, will see the two comedians join forces for the Mel Brooks classic

Radio comedy I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue heads to Sunderland Empire

Sandi Toksvig will chair a special edition of I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue which is coming to Sunderland Empire

Preview: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

We go behind the scenes as a new touring production of hit play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time takes shape

Review: Jersey Boys at Sunderland Empire

The music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons sends a Sunderland audience into nostalgic raptures

Jersey Boys makes its North East premiere at Sunderland Empire

We chat to Sam Ferriday, who plays Bob Gaudio in Jersey Boys at Sunderland Empire

Christmas pantomimes and shows pepper festive programmes of North East venues

The North East has an embarrassment of festive riches when it comes to top drawer Christmas shows for all the family. Here's our highlights

North East actor Trevor Fox brought house down, now it's a Dream job

The North East actor Trevor Fox who was on stage a year ago when a theatre ceiling collapsed tells us what he's up to now

Review: Beauty And The Beast, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Sunderland Empire Theatre

Our reviewer, Dick Godfrey, argues that Beauty and the Beast is a ballet that works whatever the time of the year

Birmingham Royal Ballet offer pupils the chance to dance

The acclaimed ballet company will be visiting Southwick Primary School during their Beauty and the Beast run at Sunderland Empire

Watch: Reporting for Riverdance duty at the Sunderland Empire

Craig Mason and Shane Cummins are rejoining the cast of Riverdance for the North East leg of the 20th anniversary tour

Jason Manford to star in musical The Producers at Sunderland Empire

The comedian Jason Manford is to take the lead role of Leo Bloom in one of the big musicals coming to Sunderland

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time announces casting for North East bound play

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has received rave reviews in New York and is coming to a theatre near you

Review: The Lion King at Sunderland Empire Theatre

Disney's monster money-spinner shows what all the fuss is about as The Lion King opens in Sunderland

The Lion King roars into the Sunderland Empire for a lengthy run

It's one of the world's biggest musicals and is set to make its North East debut on Wearside in September

Game of Thrones actor Ian McElhinney on directing hit play Stones in His Pockets

Game of Thrones actor Ian McElhinney talks about the double life that sees him directing hit play Stones in His Pockets

Sunderland Empire will be on Avenue Q

The acclaimed musical, based on the much-loved Sesame Street brings laughs and puppets aplenty to Wearside

North East's big theatres announce dazzling new seasons

The region's two biggest theatres have taken the wraps off their autumn/spring season programmes

Jersey Boys cast announced for Sunderland Empire show

The multi-award-winning West End show is sure to pack in the crowds when it comes to the Sunderland Empire in November

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time books a run on Wearside

The Sunderland Empire will play host to a touring version of teh smash hit West End play, based on Mark Haddon's award winning novel

North East lads star with Jason Donovan in Annie Get Your Gun

Two talented youngsters from the region are in the spotlight this week as they share the the role of Little Jake in Annie Get Your Gun

Emma Williams interview: Annie Get Your Gun star talks about taking on title role

Emma Williams stars as Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun in Sunderland this week. Gordon Barr catches up with her and finds it’s a bruiser of a role to take on

Jason Donovan sets his sights on Sunderland with Annie Get Your Gun musical

Jason Donovan leads the cast of the musical which is coming to the Sunderland Empire later this year

Sunderland gets involved in popular Museums at Night initiative

The joy of seeing museums at night is spreading to Wearside. Grace Scott sets aside her regular need for beauty sleep and signs up

Review: War Horse at the Sunderland Empire until May 17

Newcastle's Lee Armstrong heads the cast as London hit War Horse is welcomed in Sunderland on its first-ever tour

War Horse gallops north to the Sunderland Empire

The award-winning production of War Horse hot-hooves it to Sunderland Empire

Su Pollard set to star in Sunderland Empire panto

Su Pollard will lead the cast for the Sunderland Empire's panto as the Wicked Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Happy Days musical comes to Sunderland Empire

The musical based on the iconic TV series Happy Days is getting everyone in a fifties spin at the Sunderland Empire this week

10 things: Stand-up, songs and theatre of war

Here we bring you a round-up of 10 of the best performers, musicians and cultural delights in the region

Musical hit Wicked to cast a spell at Sunderland Empire

Witches and wizards will head north on tour after the London success of Wicked. Barbara Hodgson reports

Review: Fame, Sunderland Empire

The wannabe stars of Fame are teasing the boards in Sunderland. Stewart Carr went along to see the show

Stomp beats a path to Sunderland Empire

The legendary show which has thrilled audiences around the world for more than two decades is coming to the Sunderland Empire

Review: Singin’ In The Rain at Sunderland Empire

Maxwell Caulfield and Faye Tozer star in Singin' in the Rain at Sunderland Empire. Lesley Oldfield went along to see the show

Birds of a Feather star Lesley Joseph brings Hot Flush! show to Sunderland

TV star Lesley Joseph brings her new show Hot Flush! to Sunderland Empire in April

Lion King tour bus will roar into Sunderland

Disney's award-winning musical The Lion Kind will enjoy a seven-week run at Sunderland Empire this autumn

Review: Cinderella at Sunderland Empire

Loose Women star and soap stars lead panto cast of Cinderella at the Sunderland Empire

Carl Leighton Pope on his new musical Carnaby Street

A new musical promises to swing the sixties back into life. Sam Wonfor talks to its writer - and paid up Mod - Carl Leighton Pope

Review: La Boheme and Aida at Sunderland Empire

Dick Godfrey caught two of opera's greats at Sunderland Empire during their seven-month tour


David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer