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 Sunderland Empire is an 110 year old theatre which welcomes over 300k visitors each year to a variety of different touring productions. These include the very best West End musicals, family shows including the annual star-studded pantomime and curriculum related productions that attract schools from across the local area. Popular comedians, music acts, plus opera and ballet complete the diverse schedule.With a proud history, the theatre is now looking to the future and create strong relationships with local and national organisations through bespoke sponsorship packages, enabling them to reach our engaged audiences.