Richard Bellis

Review: War Horse at the Sunderland Empire

Review: War Horse at the Sunderland Empire

The National Theatre’s production of War Horse returned to Sunderland as part of its UK tour. The play is based on the bestselling book of the same name by Michael Morpurgo. The story follows Albert, a young farm boy and his horse, Joey, through the Great War from 1914-1918. Starting in in 1912 with an auction, […]

 Amy Robinson

Review: The Rocky Horror Show at Sunderland Empire

Review: The Rocky Horror Show at Sunderland Empire

Richard O’Brien’s infamously subversive and erotically-charged rock and roll musical, The Rocky Horror Show, has just begun the fist leg of its UK Tour at the Sunderland Empire on the 28th of January. The show is running until the 2nd of February at the Sunderland Empire and I was lucky enough to attend the musical’s opening […]

 Northern Lights

Theatre preview: Miss Saigon at Sunderland Empire

Theatre preview: Miss Saigon at Sunderland Empire

Words by Nick Thompson   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Sunderland Empire (@sundempire) on Oct 10, 2018 at 12:40pm PDT When I heard Miss Saigon was coming to Sunderland Empire, I had to get tickets, it’s one of my favourite soundtracks, with one of my favourite songs of the show […]

 Emily Mertens

REVIEW: WICKED’s Theatre Production

REVIEW: WICKED’s Theatre Production

From September 6, Wicked will take over the Sunderland Empire stage for 21 nights with their wizardry magic and heart-warming melodies. Expect Dorothy’s iconic red shoes to make an entrance, get ready to find out who The Tin Man really is, and most importantly, discover the true villain in the world of Oz. Wicked tells […]

 Lucy Hope

Review: Legally Blonde @ Sunderland Empire

Review: Legally Blonde @ Sunderland Empire

OMIGOD, OMIGOD YOU GUYS! (This is actually a song in the musical – don’t knock it until you’ve heard it.) Legally Blonde: The Musical follows Elle Woods (Lucie Jones), beautiful and blonde, through a journey of passing tests to make it into Harvard Law School in the hopes of winning back her one true love, Warner […]

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Review: Jersey Boys

Review: Jersey Boys

Rick Elice and Marshall Brickman’s award-winning Broadway musical comes to Sunderland.

Identity: who you are, how you distinguish yourself and how you portray yourself in the eyes of others. This theme is heavily present in Jersey Boys. Starring Simon Bailey (Tommy Devito), Dayle Hodge (Frankie Valli), Declan Egan (Bob Guadio), and Lewis Griffths (Nick Massi), they form a band titled ‘The Four Seasons’, living New Jersey […]

 Amy Golden

REVIEW – Mamma Mia! at the Sunderland Empire Theatre

REVIEW – Mamma Mia! at the Sunderland Empire Theatre

Nothing will ever beat the thrill of the being the dancing queen, young and sweet, only 17. And Mamma Mia caught that sensation perfectly this October and November during it’s run at the Sunderland Empire Theatre. The musical is about young Sophie Sheridan (Lucy May Baker) trying to discover the identity of her father the day […]

 KatieBaggott

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 […]

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