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 >>
RED SKY BALL for CHILDREN’S HEART UNIT: SUNDERLAND EMPIRE’S NOMINATED CHARITY FOR 2017
Two years ago Sergio and Emma Petrucci’s daughter underwent a lifesaving operation at the Children’s Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle. Since her successful recovery, the family have supported CHUF establishing Red Sky Ball as a fundraiser.
The Children’s Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle is one of only two units in the UK supporting babies and children who require heart transplants .
Over 300 children each year are cared for at the heart unit, 20 will receive heart transplants and over 7,000 will return for outpatient visits , 10 % are from the Wearside area.
The money from Red Sky Ball goes towards making life more comfortable for families like the Petrucci family; whether it be providing a parent’s emergency wash bag, gadgets and games or the essential equipment and machinery needed to save little lives.
We're delighted to be holding an Afternoon Tea in our Dress Circle Bar on Saturday 8 July at 12.30pm to raise money for our nominated charity Red Sky Ball.
Tickets are priced at just £12.95 (or upgrade to a Prosecco package) with all money raised donated to this fantastic cause. So come along and treat yourself to some mouth-watering sandwiches, delicious cakes and have a chance to win some fantastic raffle prizes, all in the wonderful surroundings of our beautiful theatre.
Book in person at the Box Office or call 0191 566 1045 for more information.
With thanks to Bridges, Em & Dy’s Cakes, Hilton Garden Inn, Marriott, Morrisons, Ramside Hall, SAFC, The Funky Indian