Sunderland Empire

Capacity: Our capacity will be 1970 excluding the slippers but including the 132 standing spaces.


  • The Sunderland Empire is the North East’s biggest theatre with a stunning four-tier auditorium and a landmark domed tower marking its entrance.
  • The venue was refurbished and extended in 2004 with improved public areas and an enlarged stage.
  • Originally a variety house hosting acts ranging from Tommy Steele to The Beatles, the venue now focuses on musicals and dance. Recent musicals include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Cats, Grease, West Side Story, Ghost, Singin’ in the Rain, The Lion King, Wicked and Hairspray. There are also regular visits from Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Empire Theatre, High Street West, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR1 3EX

Contact: Ben Phillips, General Manager

Stage Door: 01915661057

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