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, […]

 Sarah Bailey

The West End Of The North East – An Ode To The Sunderland Empire's Stunning Success

The West End Of The North East – An Ode To The Sunderland Empire's Stunning Success

When the Sunderland Empire was first cautiously named the “West End of the North East”, there was a substantial camp of folk who shook their heads at the theatre’s delusions of grandeur, tutted loudly, muttered under their breath that the theatre had got too big for its boots, and poured scorn on the ambition of […]