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 >>
Pre Show tours
Offering a unique opportunity to find out more about our Edwardian theatre and experience behind the scenes action before curtain up! Tours may also include access to dressing rooms and the stage, allowing you to see the set and lighting up close and personal. Concluding with tea and coffee, tours are now being taken for the following shows:
Up-coming Public Tours:
Family Tour - Wed 9 Aug, 11am
Family Tour - Sat 26 Aug, 11am
Flashdance - Sat 16 Sep, 11am
Son of a Preacher Man - Sat 23 Sep, 11am
Hairspray - Sat 30 Sep, 11am
Spamalot - Sat 14 Oct, 11am
MAMMA MIA! - Sat 21 Oct, 11am
MAMMA MIA! - Sat 28 Oct, 11am
MAMMA MIA! - Sat 4 Nov, 11am
MAMMA MIA! - Sat 11 Nov, 11am
Bring It On! - Sat 18 Nov, 11am
Blood Brothers - Sat 2 Dec, 11am
Can be arranged at £6pp (£5pp for groups 10+, £3pp for schools)
Call 0844 871 3022 or book in person at the Box Office.
Tours do not include show ticket. Tours are subject to availability and routes may change. Tours may involve a number of stairs. Non-show tours can also be arranged. Please contact us for details.
*Backstage access is subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed.