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 […]

 Michael Cross

Review: Wicked @ Sunderland Empire “the show felt more intimate and there was a sense of closeness between the actors and the audience”

Review: Wicked @ Sunderland Empire “the show felt more intimate and there was a sense of closeness between the actors and the audience”

Wicked has finally flown into Sunderland’s Empire Theatre for a three-week run, telling the tale of what happened before Dorothy Gale blew into the fairytale land of Oz. Surprisingly the show scales exceptionally well from its West End sister show, with a full size Clock Dragon above centre stage. Granted the Sunderland Empire stage is […]

 Emma O'Neill

Wickedly cheap theatre tickets for students

Wickedly cheap theatre tickets for students

Want to go see Wicked but can’t afford the steep prices? Good news for students is that Sunderland Empire Theatre are now offering discounts on Wednesday and Thursday matinee performances. When the show flies onto the stage next week, five of the shows will offer a special discount price of £15 on a limited number […]

 Michael Cross

Interview: Emily Tierny as Wicked's Glinda The Good Witch

Interview: Emily Tierny as Wicked's Glinda The Good Witch

A self-confessed beach bum and from a family of two sisters and a brother – which she describes as “the Von Trapps” – Emily Tierny talks about playing Glinda in Wicked. She has been playing girly-Glinda for the last 18 months, and is flying to Sunderland Empire at the end of March for three weeks. […]

 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 […]

 Neale McGeever

Wicked: Cast Announced For Sunderland Empire Shows

Wicked: Cast Announced For Sunderland Empire Shows

The musical phenomenon, Wicked, has been a huge success around the world since it opened in 2006. The show has sold out on Broadway, The West End and now is coming to the Empire Theatre, Sunderland next year. The first shows will be on Tuesday 31 March, and the last will take place on Saturday […]

 Sarah Bailey

The Sunderland Empire's Autumn Line Up Will Have You Running To The Box Office

With more than enough to satisfy your theatrical needs for the rest of the year, the Sunderland Empire has announced their Autumn 2014 programme. Old favourites and spectacular new shows combine to create a line-up that really does have something for everyone. Full of classic tunes, the recreated Drifters offer up a spectacular night on […]

 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 […]

 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 […]