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 >>
Garden Place Bistro - Now Open!
Situated within the theatre, Garden Place Bistro serves simple food in a comfortable and stylish setting, making it the perfect venue to begin your evening at the theatre. With a delicious new dining menu, excellent pre-theatre offers and sumptuous afternoon tea, why not check it out yourself?Click here for more information