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.


Beatles show bound for the Sunderland Empire

The Beatles show Let It Be is going on tour in 2014 and will arrive at Sunderland Empire in March

Preview: Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular comes to the North East

The golden days of the Rat Pack will be recreated when the Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular comes to the North East

War Horse production gets set for North East performances

A life-sized horse puppet made an appearance at the Angel of the North yesterday ahead of the War Horse production

The swinging sounds of sixties Carnaby Street

The swinging sounds of sixties Carnaby Street will be ringing out from the Sunderland Empire later this year

Review: Mickey's Rockin Roadshow at Sunderland Empire

Some of Disney's best-loved characters rocked the Sunderland Empire stage as part of Mickey's Rockin Roadshow. Sam Wonfor caught the show

Preview: Jimmy Carr at the Sunderland Empire

TV funnyman brings Gagging Order show to the North East

North actor Lee Armstrong rides back in hit show

A North East actor has landed one of the most coveted roles in theatre – but risks being upstaged by puppets

Review: Cats at Sunderland Empire

NOT being a huge musical fan, there are several Andrew Lloyd Webber “biggies” I’ve never seen, this – one of his longest-ever running shows – being one of them.

Binge drinking effects on unborn children

IS binge-drinking during pregnancy really abuse by umbilical cord? Professor Barry Carpenter said this and added that the country was facing an unprecedented rise in the number of children born with learning disabilities thanks to binge drinking.

Pub Landlord hits road

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Comedy favourite Al Murray heads north on his national tour. But the aggressive, in-your-face Pub Landlord of TV fame is quaking at the thought, as Keith Newton reports.

Terry Deary on his plans to change the world

CHILDREN worldwide clearly know it already but Terry Deary is a very entertaining chap.

Chance visit to a comic legend

On a cold, spring morning, several years ago, I found myself walking along a particularly impressive, terraced street in Sunderland lined with magnificently kept 19th Century townhouses.

Panto’s such fun for Mickey – oh yes it is

HOW are Hollywood veteran Mickey Rooney and his wife celebrating Christmas this year, 6,000 miles from home?

Mickey in a real festive cracker

SUNDERLAND Empire has a festive cracker of a pantomime with stellar pulling power.

Oh, yes it really is

It’s that time of year again – oh, yes it is!

Crowds see stars as city skies light up

THE festive season got under way in earnest in the North-East last night with the grand switch-on of Christmas lights in Newcastle and Sunderland.

More enchanted evenings

South Pacific at Sunderland Empire until Saturday - THERE is a whole generation for whom the rolling, romantic numbers of this Rodgers and Hammerstein wartime epic form the soundtrack to their early lives.

Judas betrays his sense of humour

Godspell opens in the North-East tonight. Barbara Hodgson finds one of the stars is a one-man show himself.

Dance that will live long in the memory

THIS is David Bintley at his choreographic best, using an eclectic range of styles to obey the prime rule: movement must serve the story.

The Journal competition winners - September

Here are the winners of the latest competitions in The Journal.

Snap decision was Brendan’s big break

HIS story is one of rags to riches (and has more ups and downs than most Hollywood movies).

A super night for ABBA fans

CALLING all super troupers and dancing queens! ABBA Mania will hit the region this week when one of the world’s top touring tribute bands comes to the Sunderland Empire for a three-night stint.

A dream role for young singers

A GROUP of budding stars from across the region will be saying thank you for the music when they step on to the stage of the Sunderland Empire for ABBA Mania.

Landing with a Bang

FASTEN your seatbelts! Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is bringing its high-flying tour back to the Sunderland Empire next year.

Through our past darkly, with Ron

A PASSION for pubs will see Ron Lawson leading a heritage tour of his favourite historic hostelries.

Show has all right moves

A NIGHT of watching dancing isn’t really my thing and I thought I was about to watch the Riverdance of salsa.

We’re ready to play

TV FAMILY favourites The Tweenies bring their first ever magical live theatre show, Tweenies Live!

You will be Havana ball

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SALSA the night away with 30 of Cuba’s hottest dancers, musicians and singers and surrender to the unbridled spirit of a hedonistic night in downtown Havana.

They have a dream

DO You ABBA Dream? One of the country’s most popular tribute bands, ABBA Mania, will stage a series of gigs at Sunderland’s Empire Theatre later this month and they are offering one lucky group of talented young singers the chance to perform on stage on the opening night.

A great dose of animal magic

VETERAN entertainer Tommy Steele will be talking to the animals in the North East this winter.

Russell Brand at Sunderland Empire

HE came, he saw, but did he conquer? Well, Russell Brand did at least on stage last night at Sunderland Empire.

Classic show gets Wayne’s feet tapping

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POPULAR musical High Society returns to the North East next week, just months since its last visit to the region.

Oliver! takes Centre Stage

Food Glorious Food will be on the bill at one of the region’s premier theatres this week.

Sworn enemies find harmony

SUNDERLAND Empire’s 100th birthday celebrations were in full swing, with the Chapterhouse Theatre Company delivering one of Shakespeare’s better known romantic comedies: Much Ado About Nothing.

Rain forces play indoors

IT may be called Much Ado About Nothing, but there’s been much ado about a production of it taking place in the region tonight.

The sun is not about to set on the Empire

The Sunderland Empire is preparing to celebrate its 100th birthday in spectacular style.

Mickey Rooney to star in North panto

Veteran Hollywood star Mickey Rooney is to appear in panto.

The Producers, Sunderland Empire

Young reviewer Chris Conway gives his take on The Producers, which is at Sunderland Empire until June 23.

Why it's always springtime for The Producers

The Producers at Sunderland Empire until June 23

Empire tunes up for musical

Hit musical The Producers arrives in the North East tomorrow. Mitya Underwood reports.


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