Vesta Tilley laid the foundation stone 110 years ago this month (29 September 1906) and took to the stage on 1 July 1907to officially declare the theatre open. Since then generations of performers have trodden the boards from Charlie Chaplin to the Beatles. Most recently the venue has hosted North East premieres from Starlight Express, Miss Saigon, The Lion King, Wicked and War Horse through to the locally poignant production of Billy Elliot the Musical earlier this year.
The theatre tours at Sunderland Empire are a great opportunity to enjoy stories of this spectacular Edwardian theatre’s fascinating history and also a chance to find out interesting facts and discover the answers to questions you’ve always wanted to ask.
Please note that tours do not include show ticket and backstage access is not available. Tours are subject to availability and routes may change. Tours may involve a number of stairs however accessible route available upon request when booking.