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
All bookings made may be subject to booking fees and a transaction charge.
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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.
British Sign Language Performances
Mamma Mia - Wed 8 Nov at 7.30pm
Wicked - Thu 6 Sep 2018 at 7.30pm
Mamma Mia - Tues 31st Oct at 7.30pm
Audio Described Performances
Mamma Mia – Sat 4 Nov at 2.30pm
Wicked - Thu 13 Sep 2018 at 7.30pm
Gangsta Granny – Sat 13 May at 10.30am
Orchestras Live – Sun 26 Mar at 3pm
Jack and the Beanstalk - Wed 27 Dec at 5pm
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:
· 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Tyne and Wear Metro:
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High Street West,
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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:
National Rail services stop at Sunderland (SUN). We recommed The Train line to help you plan your journey.
Book online: Use the links below
Telephone Booking: 0844 871 3022 Calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company's access charge.
Customer Service: 0844 871 7627
Groups Bookings: 0330 102 7531 Calls charged at local rate
Access Bookings: 0800 912 6971
Stage Door / Admin:* 0191 566 1057
*please note it is not possible to assist
with bookings on this number
Book online: Using the links below
Telephone Booking: 0844 871 3022 (Calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company's access charge)
Groups Bookings (10+): 0330 102 7531 (Calls charged at local rate)
Access Bookings: 0844 871 7677 (Mon – Sat, 9am – 10pm. Sun 10am – 8pm. Bookings made via this line will be subject to booking fees and a transaction charge. Calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company's access charge.)
In person at the Box Office: Monday – Saturday 10am – 5.30pm, 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.