Lewis Goodwin

Kasabian Rock Newcastle

Kasabian Rock Newcastle

Kasabian opened their ‘For Crying Out Loud’ tour at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena. A packed out arena took the noise level to 104 decibels at one point, creating an electric atmosphere. Kasabian fan, Ben Thompson claimed: “it was the best gig I’ve ever been to, they were class.” The rock band performed new hits ‘Bless […]

 Northern Lights

Shrek at Sunderland Empire Theatre

Shrek at Sunderland Empire Theatre

Shrek arrives at Sunderland’s Empire Theatre on its UK tour and it didn’t disappoint. Jordy Cernik went to the opening night and gives this review of the lovable ogre.

 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 […]

 Emma O'Neill

Sunderland Empire release list of upcoming 2015 shows

Sunderland Empire release list of upcoming 2015 shows

Even though the festive season is over, Sunderland Empire still has some great performances coming up to wash away those winter blues. With comedies, musicals and some great classic shows, there’s something for everyone over the next two months. I’m Sorry, I Haven’t a Clue – Thursday 8 January 2015, 7.30pm The BBC Radio 4 multi award-winning […]

 Emma O'Neill

The stars of Dirty Dancing teach Northern Lights a few moves

The stars of Dirty Dancing teach Northern Lights a few moves

Dirty Dancing is returning to the Sunderland stage at the Empire Theatre and, to celebrate, Northern Lights were invited along to an exclusive workshop headed by the production’s Associate Choreographer, Glenn Wilkinson. Most of us are already familiar with the film – set at Kellerman’s resort in Catskill, New York during the summer of 1963, […]

 Jordan Mann

The Lion King – We look inside one of the biggest shows Sunderland has ever seen

The Lion King – We look inside one of the biggest shows Sunderland has ever seen

With just one week to go until The Lion King sets up home in Sunderland, we thought we would take a look at the hit West End musical that’s been seen by more than 70 million people worldwide. With more than 100 people involved, 700 elaborate costumes and 23 giant trucks needed to transport the […]

 Mark McConville

Wicked – Yet Another West End Smash Comes To The Sunderland Empire

Wicked – Yet Another West End Smash Comes To The Sunderland Empire

Following on from the recent announcement that the Lion King will be showing in September, Sunderland’s Empire Theatre will also play host to West End musical Wicked. The Empire will host the spectacular show for four weeks from March 31 to April 25 next year, as it makes its North East debut. Wicked is based […]

 Mark McConville

Seeking The Answer? Come To The Middlesbrough Empire Then

Critically acclaimed rock ‘n’ roll band The Answer have announced a show at the Empire in Middlesbrough. The band, from Northern Ireland, have spent the last decade proving their rock ‘n’ roll credentials and making the kind of life-affirming, eardrum-threatening music that separates the truly great from the merely adequate. They received the ‘Best New Band’ […]

 Josh Hollis

The Lion King Roars Into The Sunderland Empire

The Lion King Roars Into The Sunderland Empire

Sunderland’s Empire Theatre is set to play host to one of the West End’s most popular productions, when The Lion King comes to Wearside later this year. The Empire will host the Tony Award-winning show for seven weeks from September 18th – November 1st, and it promises to be the biggest production of its kind […]