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REVIEW: Sleeping Beauty adds Christmas sparkle to the Sunderland Empire!

REVIEW: Sleeping Beauty adds Christmas sparkle to the Sunderland Empire!

The West End of the North East brings this age old magical tale with a contemporary twist! The Brothers Grimm meet their match with Martin Dodd’s colourful, farcical production of the classic fairytale at the opening night of the pantomime. The dazzling, battling duo – Faye Tozer, the Good Fairy and Vicky Entwistle who plays […]

 KatieBaggott

Spellbinding Sleeping Beauty comes to Sunderland Empire

Spellbinding Sleeping Beauty comes to Sunderland Empire

A panto packed full of comedic jokes, colourful costumes, sensational song and dance and bags of audience participation – Sleeping Beauty is bound to keep you in the festive spirit this Christmas!  UK Productions, the producers behind Cinderella, Peter Pan, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Aladdin return to the Sunderland Empire this festive […]

 Rachel Butler

Review – American Idiot at Sunderland Empire: ‘you’ll leave wanting to come back again and again!’

Review – American Idiot at Sunderland Empire: ‘you’ll leave wanting to come back again and again!’

With twists and turns and unexpected blows, it will make you laugh, it will make you cry, and most of all, you'll leave wanting to come back again and again!

Multi award-winning musical American Idiot is rocking the Empire theatre in Sunderland this week, and Northern Lights went along on opening night to see what all the fuss was about, and boy, we were not disappointed! Based on the generation defining album by punk-rock legends Green Day of the same name, American Idiot was written by the bands […]

 Michael Cross

American Idiot set to rock Sunderland Empire in May

American Idiot set to rock Sunderland Empire in May

Every generation has an album that defines them, and for the teens and punk lover of the early millennium, Green Day’s American Idiot is that album. The album sold 15 million copies worldwide and was made into a Broadway Musical in 2010. It is now touring the UK, with Newton Faulkner and X-Factor’s Amelia Lily, […]

 Michael Cross

Review: The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Sunderland Empire

Review: The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Sunderland Empire

The Rocky Horror breathes new life at Sunderland Empire

When The Rocky Horror Picture Show hit the silver screen 40 years ago, its slogan was “a different set of jaws”, and it couldn’t be any truer today with the latest cast who breathe new life into the cult classic’s touring production. The show is a who’s who of reality and soap TV, with the […]

 Michael Cross

The Bodyguard arrives at Sunderland Empire soon

Starring the North East’s Zoe Birkett from County Durham as lead character Rachel Marron, The Bodyguard comes to Sunderland’s Empire Theatre for a two-week stay, 1 – 12 March. The show is based on the Warner Brothers film and is packed full of hits such as So Emotional, Queen of the Night, I Have Nothing […]

 Michael Cross

Rocky Horror Picture Show comes to Sunderland Empire next week!

Rocky Horror Picture Show comes to Sunderland Empire next week!

Celebrating its 40th year, Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Picture Show is on one of the biggest ever tours across the UK. Crash-landing at Sunderland Empire on 15 till 20 February, the rock ‘n’ roll musical sees a whole new cast take to the stage, packed with familiar faces from music, reality TV and soap land. […]

 Matthew Wroe

Frankie Boyle: Hurt Like You’ve Never Been Loved

Frankie Boyle: Hurt Like You’ve Never Been Loved

“YOU’RE FAT!” was Sunderland’s welcome to the Glaswegian comic before he even got a word in at the Empire Theatre. This set the tone for the show – Brutally objective yet harsh observations and cocky audience chip-ins. Hurt Like You’ve Never Been Loved is Frankie Boyle’s fourth and final live show tour, despite saying his […]

 Sophie Dishman

Review: Dreamboats and Miniskirts

Review: Dreamboats and Miniskirts

Dreamboats and Miniskirts came to the Sunderland Empire Theatre on Monday October 26 for its opening night in Sunderland. The theatre performance comes as a sequel to the very successful Dreamboats and Petticoats, that toured the UK back in 2014. The acclaimed West End show follows on from its predecessor, Dreamboats and Petticoats. The characters […]

 Hannah Foster

REVIEW: The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

REVIEW: The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

In recent years the Sunderland Empire Theatre have hosted some of the best new productions that have hit the stage. The most recent to hit the West End of the North East is ‘The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time’. Based on the novel by Mark Haddon, ‘Curious Incident’ tells the tale of […]

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