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Sunderland Empire

Sunderland Empire

Sunderland Empire Access

Booking Information

  • Access Booking line: 0800 912 6971

All bookings made may be subject to booking fees and a transaction charge.

A Sunderland Empire Visual Guide is available prior to your visit to us by emailing SunderlandEducation@theambassadors.com

A symbol resource on going to the pantomime is available to download here.

If you would like to be kept updated about future Assisted Performances by email, please contact sunderlandboxoffice@theambassadors.com.

Venue Access Information

  • There are eight spaces in the stalls where wheelchair users can remain in their wheelchairs. Access is on the flat via a lift. Alternatively patrons may wish to transfer to a fixed seat, with vacated wheelchairs stored in the nearest bar area. Please note that patrons must be able to vacate the building quickly in case of evacuation. If you are unsure of the best option for you, please discuss this with our box office staff when booking.

    Please note that the Upper Circle and Gallery are not accessible by lift and are therefore unsuitable for those with limited mobility.

    Access performances

    BSL Performances

    Blood Brothers: Thu 30 Nov, 2017 - 7.30pm

    Jack and the Beanstalk: Wed 3 Jan, 2018 - 7pm

    Matilda: Thu 17 May, 2018 - 7.30pm

    Wicked: Thu 27 Sep, 2018 - 7.30pm

    Miss Saigon: Mon 5 Nov, 2018 - 7.30pm

    Signer position is subject to change without notice.

    Captioned Performances

    Matilda: Thu 24 May, 2018 - 7.30pm

    Wicked: Thu 20 Sept, 2018 - 7.30pm

    Miss Saigon: Tue 6 Nov, 2018 - 7.30pm

    Audio Described Performances

    Matilda: Tue 22 May, 2018 - 7.30pm

    Wicked: Thu 13 Sept, 2018 - 7.30pm

    Miss Saigon: Thu 1 Nov, 2018 - 7.30pm

    Relaxed Performances

    Jack and the Beanstalk: Wed 27 Dec, 2017 - 5pm

    Awful Auntie: Sat 30 Jun, 2018 - 10.30am

    For further information about the Relaxed Performance click here.

    Supported Experiences

    During a supported experience usual arrangements are in place within the auditorium, including latecomer’s rules, and there are no technical adjustments to the performance.
    Families should expect pyros, possible strobes and loud sound effects. Those who are sensory sensitive are advised to bring any equipment needed for support e.g. ear defenders.
    This is not a Relaxed Performance.

    What we can offer is:

    ·  Quiet spaces.
    ·  TV relay of the performance in Dress Circle bar.
    ·  Preparation pack available – Visual Story and Widget symbol resource, explanation of the story and characters.
    ·  Familiarisation visits can be arranged.
    ·  Supportive staff attending will be present.
    ·  Early entry into Auditorium may be able to be arranged but not guaranteed.
    ·  Families are urged to get in touch with us to explain what specific support they need to help support their visit.


  • Open captioned and audio described performances are sometimes scheduled. To be kept up to date, please email sunderlandboxoffice@theambassadors.com. For all performances, there is a Sennheiser infrared system available in all areas of the auditorium. This can be used with or without a hearing aid. When you arrive at the theatre, please speak to a member of our Front of House team who will give you the equipment and show you how to use it. Please note there is a fully refundable £10 deposit for the loan of the equipment.

  • Guide, hearing and other working dogs are welcome in all parts of the theatre

  • Accessible toilets are located at the Stalls and Dress Circle levels and in the stalls bar as you enter the theatre.

Mon 22
Jan 2018
Curious Connections
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Thu 25
Jan 2018
The Sensational 60's Experience
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Thu 25
Jan 2018
Fusion Project
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Fri 26
Jan 2018
Ellen Kent's La Traviata
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Sat 27
Jan 2018
Ellen Kent: Madama Butterfly
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Sun 28
Jan 2018
Bowie Experience - The Golden Years Tour
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Wed 31 - Sun 11
Jan 2018   Feb 2018
Shrek the Musical
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Sat 03
Feb 2018
Sunderland Empire Theatre Tour
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Sat 10
Feb 2018
Sunderland Empire Theatre Tour
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Mon 12 - Tue 13
Feb 2018   Feb 2018
Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience
Bistro: Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Wed 14
Feb 2018
An Audience With Michael Bolton - My Life Story
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Thu 15 - Sat 17
Feb 2018   Feb 2018
Thriller Live
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Sat 17
Feb 2018
Sunderland Empire Theatre Tour
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Sun 18
Feb 2018
Money For Nothing
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Sun 25
Feb 2018
Think Floyd
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Tue 27
Feb 2018
England Legends Live! - Peter Beardsley, Kevin Phillips, Peter Reid and Chris Waddle
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Wed 28
Feb 2018
Sing-a-Long-a Beauty and the Beast
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Thu 01
Mar 2018
Sartaaj Live 2018
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Fri 02
Mar 2018
The Rocket Man - A Tribute to Sir Elton John
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Sat 03
Mar 2018
Circus of Horrors
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Sun 04
Mar 2018
The Illegal Eagles
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Tue 06 - Sat 10
Mar 2018   Mar 2018
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Sat 10
Mar 2018
Sunderland Empire Theatre Tour
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Sun 11
Mar 2018
Icons of the 80s - Go West, Nik Kershaw & Cutting Crew
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Tue 13 - Sat 17
Mar 2018   Mar 2018
The Rat Pack - Live From Las Vegas
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Sat 17
Mar 2018
Sunderland Empire Theatre Tour
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Tue 20 - Sat 31
Mar 2018   Mar 2018
Jersey Boys
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Sat 24
Mar 2018
Sunderland Empire Theatre Tour
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Sat 31
Mar 2018
Sunderland Empire Theatre Tour
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Wed 04
Apr 2018
Introduction to Ballet
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Thu 05
Apr 2018
First Steps
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Thu 05 - Sat 07
Apr 2018   Apr 2018
Coppelia
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Sat 07
Apr 2018
BRB Coppelia Class On Stage
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Sun 08
Apr 2018
Justin's Band
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Tue 10 - Sat 14
Apr 2018   Apr 2018
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Mon 16 - Sat 21
Apr 2018   Apr 2018
Legally Blonde The Musical
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Sat 21
Apr 2018
Sunderland Empire Theatre Tour
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Sun 22
Apr 2018
Soul Unlimited - Heatwave & Odyssey
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Tue 24 - Sat 28
Apr 2018   Apr 2018
Crazy For You
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Sat 28
Apr 2018
Sunderland Empire Theatre Tour
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Sun 29
Apr 2018
Brian Conley - Still The Greatest Entertainer (In His Price Range)
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Mon 30 - Tue 01
Apr 2018   May 2018
Gary Barlow
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Wed 02
May 2018
A Country Night in Nashville
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Thu 03
May 2018
Russell Brand - Re:Birth
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Fri 04
May 2018
Whitney - Queen of the Night
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Tue 08 - Sat 02
May 2018   Jun 2018
Matilda The Musical (UK Tour)
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Wed 13
Jun 2018
Sunderland Schools Dance Festival 2018
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Thu 14
Jun 2018
Re-Take That: Wonderland
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Sat 16
Jun 2018
We Love To Boogie
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Mon 18 - Sat 23
Jun 2018   Jun 2018
This Is Elvis
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Thu 28 - Sun 01
Jun 2018   Jul 2018
Awful Auntie
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Sat 14
Jul 2018
The Carpenters Story
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Wed 18
Jul 2018
The ELO Experience
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Thu 19
Jul 2018
ABBA Mania
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Fri 20
Jul 2018
The Simon and Garfunkel Story
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Sat 21
Jul 2018
Jason Manford - Muddle Class
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Thu 26
Jul 2018
The Dreamboys
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Fri 27
Jul 2018
Fastlove - A Tribute to George Michael
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Sat 28
Jul 2018
The Magic of Motown
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Fri 24 - Sun 26
Aug 2018   Aug 2018
The League Of Gentlemen Live Again
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Tue 28 - Sat 01
Aug 2018   Sep 2018
Madagascar – A Musical Adventure
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Thu 06 - Sat 29
Sep 2018   Sep 2018
Wicked (UK Tour)
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Wed 24 - Sat 17
Oct 2018   Nov 2018
Miss Saigon
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Fri 14 - Sun 06
Dec 2018   Jan 2019
Peter Pan
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Wed 06 - Sat 23
Feb 2019   Feb 2019
War Horse
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland