Frontman Paul Metcalfe is incredible as Rod and captures all the excitement, energy and charisma of the legendary performer including the infamous moves, showmanship, and sense of fun that have made Rod one of the most successful artists of all time. The first half of the show features hits from Rod's early career such as ‘Handbags & Gladrags’ along with favourites like ‘Stay With Me’ and ‘Twisting The Night Away’, interwoven with some interesting and amusing anecdotes, taking you on a musical journey through Rod's career over the last five decades.
The second half is one big party including all Rod’s big hits such as ‘Maggie May’, ‘Baby Jane’, ‘Da Ya Think I’m Sexy’, ‘Sailing’, ‘Tonight’s The Night’ and ‘You’re in my Heart.’
This authentic production, now in its fourth year, includes a stunning stage set, a spectacular light show, and an impeccable live band.
I've seen some 'Rods' in my time, but Paul is the best one I've ever seen.- Don Stewart (Rod Stewart's brother)
I thoroughly enjoyed the show. Paul's voice and mannerisms were the closest I've ever seen to Rod himself.- Mary Cady (Rod Stewart's Sister)
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.