A timeless story of good, evil and the all conquering power of love, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake is without doubt the most famous of all classical ballets.... Read more >>
A timeless story of good, evil and the all conquering power of love, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake is without doubt the most famous of all classical ballets.
In mourning for his father, Prince Siegfried finds solace in hunting in the forest. He comes across a moonlit lake and is astonished to see one of the swans transform into a beautiful Princess. She is Odette, who, under the evil Von Rothbart’s spell, spends her days as a swan, returning to human form as night falls. Only the love of one who has never loved before can save her from this fate, but when the Prince is tricked into declaring himself to Von Rothbart’s daughter Odile, magically disguised as Odette, all hope seems lost.
With its exquisite ensembles, lyrical pas de deux and bravura solos, set to one of the world’s most achingly beautiful scores, it’s essential you secure your seats early.
Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Choreography Peter Wright, Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa; Production Peter Wright and Galina Samsova; Designs Philip Prowse; Lighting Peter Teigen
Upcoming BSL performances by Northern Sign:
Friday 19 April, 5.00
Thursday 30 May, 7.30
Thursday 5 December, 7.30
Friday 20 December, 7.00
Singin’ in The Rain
Thursday 23 January 2014, 7.30pm
Upcoming Captioned performances by Stagetext:
West Side Story
Thursday 10 October, 7.30
Thursday 17 October, 7.30
Thursday 8 May 2014, 7.30
Upcoming Audio Described performances by Vocaleyes:
Saturday 17 May 2014, 2.30
Upcoming Relaxed performance:
Friday 3 January 2014 2.30pm
A relaxed performance is catered specifically for families and people with autism or learning disabilities. To book for this performance or find out more information, please call the Box Office Priority Line on: 0191 5661045
If you would like to be kept updated about future Assisted Performances by email, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Open captioned and audio described performances are sometimes scheduled. To be kept up to date, please email email@example.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.
Please use Google Maps to find directions. Our full address is:
Sunderland Empire, High Street West, Sunderland, SR1 3EX
If travelling by bus, we recommend Simply Go where you’ll be able to plan your journey.
Sunderland has fantastic parking. Here are a couple of options for you when visiting us, both a short walk to the theatre:
If travelling by train, we recommend The Train Line where you’ll be able to plan your journey. National Rail and the local Tyne and Wear Metro services are available.
Book online: Use the links below
Telephone Booking: 0844 871 3022
Customer Service: 0844 871 7627
Groups Bookings: 0844 871 3042
Access Bookings: 0191 5661045
Stage Door / Admin:* 0191 566 1057
*please note it is not possible to assist
with bookings on this number
Come and see behind the scenes of the north-east’s biggest theatre! Tours are now available on a monthly basis, details of those on sale now are below. Each tour will include full auditorium, backstage and onstage access – a real chance to see the sets and staging of big productions up close! Following the tour we will retire to our beautiful dress circle bar for complimentary tea/coffee (mulled wine in December). We look forward to showing you around this stunning Edwardian theatre.
(Tours last approximately 1 hour 15 minutes)
£6 per person
Groups 10+ £5 per person (If you would like to book a private tour for your group, please contact our Creative Learning Manager on 0191 5661056)
To book a place please pop into our box office or call us on our priority booking line, 0191 5661045.
We regret that due to the large number of stairs, tours are not suitable for wheelchair users or those with walking difficulties.
Mouse Trap - Fri 18 Oct, 5pm
Carnaby Street - Fri 15 Nov, 5pm
Ghost - Friday 29 Nov, 5pm
Book online: Using the links below
Telephone Booking: 0844 871 3022
Groups Bookings (10+): 0844 871 3042
Access Bookings: 0191 566 1045
In person at the Box Office: Monday – Saturday 10pm – 6pm, or 15 minutes after curtain up on performance days (normally 7.45pm). Sunday and bank holidays the Box Office is open 1 hour prior to performance time.