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 >>
The Creative Learning Team at the Sunderland Empire is dedicated to providing opportunities for theatre makers and theatre audiences to access the arts. We work with young people, adults, community groups, schools, and many more to facilitate a full programme of arts events throughout the year.
For details of current opportunities check out our dedicated webpage Sunderland Empire Creative Learning Events. You can also visit the ATG Creative Learning homepage for a full overview of Ambassador Theatre Group’s exciting contribution to learning.