Sunderland Empire

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.

Contact Details

High St West, Sunderland, SR1 3EX, UK
Contact Numbers
Telephone Booking*
0844 871 3022
Group Bookings**
0330 102 7531
Access Bookings
0800 912 6971
Stage Door/Admin
0191 566 1057
*Calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company's access charge.**Calls charged at local rate.
Opening Hours
Mon to Sat
12:00 - 16:00
The Box Office closes 15 minutes after curtain up on performance days (normally 19:45). Sunday and Bank Holidays the Box Office is open one hour prior to performance time.

Security

ATG continues to make the safety and security of its customers and staff a priority. As such, please bear in mind that we may undertake bag checks, so recommend you leave extra time to avoid queues, and refrain from bringing suitcases, rucksacks and large bags into the Theatre. Many thanks for your cooperation.

Getting Here

By car
Nearest car parks are The Bridges multi-storey and St. Mary's car park.
By car
Nearest car parks are The Bridges multi-storey and St. Mary's car park.
By train
Nearest train station is Sunderland (within 10 minutes' walk of the theatre).
By train
Nearest train station is Sunderland (within 10 minutes' walk of the theatre).
By bus
Bus routes that pass the theatre include 3, 11, 12, 24, 53, 77a, 88, 91, 139, 159 and 453.
By bus
Bus routes that pass the theatre include 3, 11, 12, 24, 53, 77a, 88, 91, 139, 159 and 453.

Access

Typetalk Number: 18001 0800 912 6971

Booking Information

A Sunderland Empire Visual Guide is available prior to your visit to us by emailing [email protected]. If you would like to be kept updated about future Assisted Performances by email, please contact [email protected].

A symbol resource on going to the pantomime is available to download here.

Venue Access Information

There are eight spaces in the stalls where wheelchair users can remain in their wheelchairs. Access is on the flat via a lift. Please note that patrons must be able to vacate the building quickly in case of evacuation.

Please note that the Upper Circle and Gallery are not accessible by lift and are therefore unsuitable for those with limited mobility.

Supported Experiences

During a supported experience usual arrangements are in place within the auditorium, including latecomer’s rules, and there are no technical adjustments to the performance.

Families should expect pyros, possible strobes and loud sound effects. Those who are sensory sensitive are advised to bring any equipment needed for support e.g. ear defenders.

What we can offer is:

Quiet spaces.

TV relay of the performance in Dress Circle bar.

Preparation pack available – Visual Story and Widget symbol resource, explanation of the story and characters.

Familiarisation visits can be arranged.

Supportive staff attending will be present.

Early entry into Auditorium may be able to be arranged but not guaranteed.

Families are urged to get in touch with us to explain what specific support they need to help support their visit.

Open captioned and audio described performances are sometimes scheduled. To be kept up to date, please email [email protected]. For all performances, there is a Sennheiser infrared system available in all areas of the auditorium. This can be used with or without a hearing aid. When you arrive at the theatre, please speak to a member of our Front of House team who will give you the equipment and show you how to use it. Please note there is a fully refundable £10 deposit for the loan of the equipment.

Guide, hearing and other working dogs are welcome in all parts of the theatre

Accessible toilets are located at the Stalls and Dress Circle levels and in the stalls bar as you enter the theatre.