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.



Situated in the centre of Sunderland within minutes of all the transport links is the Sunderland Empire. A selection of versatile spaces is available to hire from the Vesta Tilley Room that holds twenty through to the Hospitality Suite that holds a hundred. Never forgetting the marvellous 2000 seater auditorium for those larger events. We also have several large bar areas that can be utilised for a wide range of events. A part form being the largest theatre in the region we have also hosted conferences, product launches, receptions, meetings, large scale employee briefings, graduation ceremonies, artistic and commercial exhibitions.
Contact the Sunderland Empire on 0191 566 1071 or by email to 


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

Contact: Ben Phillips, Theatre Director

Stage Door: 01915661057

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