Bill Kenwright’s production surpassed 10,000 performances in London’s West End, one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone. It has been affectionately christened the ‘Standing Ovation Musical’, as inevitably it 'brings the audience cheering to its feet and roaring its approval' (The Daily Mail).
The superb score includes Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True.
Exhilarating... One of the best musicals ever written- Sunday Times
A triumphant evening... Unmissable and unbeatable- The Spectator
Brings the audience cheering to its feet and roaring approval- The Daily Mail
Gritty, gripping, superb- Mail On Sunday
Dazzling- Sunday Telegraph
Terrific- Sunday Express
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. Masterminded by two of the contemporary heads of British theatre, Edward Moss and Osward Stoll, the Sunderland Empire Theatre has undergone many changes since it opened but remains the North East’s premier entertainment venue.