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 has a magnificent auditorium with a traditional proscenium arch stage and seating capacity of 1,868 making it suitable for one-off hires, conference and events.
To discuss local hires please contact Ben Phillips, Theatre Director on 0191 566 1051 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or for national and international touring productions please contact our venue bookings department on email@example.com.