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.

Your Visit

Plan your visit to Sunderland Empire! Explore the options below and find a way to make your night at our venue even more special.

Ambassador Lounge

A luxurious setting complete with private cloakroom and washroom, the Ambassador Lounge has something to suit any occasion.

Please note the Sunderland Empire Ambassador Lounge is accessible by stairs only.

Seating Plan

Download a copy of the Sunderland Empire Seating Plan

Dedicate A Seat

Are you, a friend or loved one a dedicated theatregoer? You can help us to continue our work with children and communities by dedicating a seat that will go towards funding our award-winning Creative Learning team. Prices: £120 (1 year), £150 (2 years) or £300 (5 years).


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Sunderland Empire Creative Learning

Make your debut on the biggest stage of the North East! The Creative Learning Team is dedicated to providing opportunities throughout the year for theatre makers and theatre audiences. For more information or to reserve a place please contact [email protected]

Sunderland Empire Theatre Trust

The charity's objectives are to promote, maintain, improve and advance education particularly by the encouragement of the arts in the Sunderland area. The Trust is currently fundraising through the Seat Dedication and Dine and Donate schemes. For details of projects please click here.