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Preview: Stand By Me at Sunderland Empire

Stand By Me
A celebration of Ben E King and The Drifters
Sunderland Empire
Saturday 3rd June 2017

Stand by Me is the phenomenal musical history of a group that helped to define Atlantic Records, inspired early rock and roll and was a forerunner to both the black music movement in 1950’s America and even early Motown.

Michael Williams and Ryan King formally members of The Drifters are delighted to be returning to Sunderland Empire 3 June 2017 in the brand new touring production Stand by Me prior to its West End debut.

Michael says “We are delighted to be returning to this wonderful venue in our new rolls and to be appearing alongside such a talented cast including local girl Sarah Martin from Gateshead”. Sarah a recent graduate from the Academy of Contemporary Music has landed a roll in the new production and is hoping that she will make her way to the West End next year. Playing the parts of Patty Andrews of The Andrews Sisters and CBS News Reported Dorothy Jean. Sarah is very excited having landed the roll after she appeared in support to The Drifters in their 2015 tour.

Bringing a remarkable and unique tribute to the icons, challenges, controversy, and conflicts and of course the vast succession of over 50 hits over the last six decades.  This fast moving show features some of the groups most well known hits including Under The Boardwalk, Save The Last Dance For Me, Saturday Night At The Movies, Up On The Roof, Can I Take You Home Little Girl, Love Games, There Goes My Baby, Dance With Me, Sweets For My Sweet, There Goes My First Love, When My Little Girl Is Smiling, On Broadway, Money Honey, Every night’s A Saturday Night With You, Kissin In The Back Row, Come On Over To My Place, Down On The Beach, More Than A Number In My Little Red Book, Hello Happiness, Like Sister & Brother and many more.

The Drifters, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, are one of the biggest selling, longest serving bands of all time having sold an incredible 214 million singles and over 114 million albums worldwide – this is their musical history told through the music and anecdotes of the former members on screen. Featuring some of the original recording artists from the successful Stand by Me Album.


Tickets available from the Box Office on High Street West, via the ticket centre 0844 871 3022*or *calls cost up to 7p per minute plus standard network charges. Booking and transaction fees may apply to telephone and online bookings.

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