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 >>
See sets and lighting up close and personal with a tour of our beautiful Edwardian theatre. Offering a unique opportunity to find out more about the Sunderland Empire, tours may include access to dressing rooms and the stage.* Tours conclude with tea and coffee.
Tours are regularly scheduled prior to performances, so you can experience behind the scenes action before curtain up!*
Call for details of our up-coming pre-show tours.
Private group tours can be arranged. Minimum and maximum group sizes apply – call for details.
How to Book
Call 0844 871 3022* or book in person at the Box Office.
Tour prices exclude show tickets. Tours are subject to availability and routes may change. Tours may involve a number of stairs, please advise us of any access requirements at booking.
*Backstage access is subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed. Calls cost up to 7p per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge.