Vesta Tilley laid the foundation stone of what is now the Sunderland Empire on 29 September 1906 and took to the stage on 1 July 1907 to officially declare the theatre open.
The Theatre was masterminded by two of the contemporary heads of British theatre, Edward Moss and Osward Stoll, but it was a third man, Richard Thornton, who bears far greater significance to the Sunderland Empire. Thornton, originally from South Shields, came from the lowly beginnings of a... Read more >>
All bookings made may be subject to booking fees and a transaction charge.
A Sunderland Empire Visual Guide is available to download prior to your visit to us download here.
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 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.
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 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.