What’s Coming to the Sunderland Empire during September?
Jimmy is gathering a selection of his very best jokes along with brand new material for the ultimate comedy show. A man who has devoted his life to crafting perfect jokes and has left a trail of laughter in his wake, Jimmy Carr’s new tour will distil everything we love to laugh at and be shocked by, into one incredible, unparalleled night of entertainment.
Jimmy Carr has been on the stand-up scene for a decade and a half. In that time he’s performed 9 sell-out tours, playing nearly 2,000 shows to over 2 million people across 4 continents. He’s won the British Comedy Award for ‘Best Live Stand-Up Tour’ and been nominated for the Perrier Award.
Now all that experience is being put to good use - you can see all the greatest material from his extraordinary career in one show - this is the very best of Jimmy Carr. Age guidance: 16+.
Barry Steele: The Roy Orbison Story– Saturday 2 September (7.30pm)
Barry Steele is widely recognised as one of the world’s leading vocalists playing homage to legend Roy Orbison. He has stunned audiences across the globe with his uncanny similarity and ability to authentically revive the exquisite toe-tapping sound of this music giant. Barry Steele is quite simply unmissable, as he takes you on this specially produced musical journey in time as he celebrates his own personal ten year anniversary on tour.
Featuring chart busting hits originally performed made famous by George Harrison, Jerry lee Lewis, The Spencer Davis Group, Jeff Lynne, Jerry Lee Lewis & The Traveling Wilburys, all backed by phenomenally talented musicians culminating in an incredible fusion of ‘60s solid gold classics and ‘80s contemporary musical genius all on one stage.
Peace Train: The Cat Stevens – Monday 4 September (7.30pm)
Following a SELL OUT run at the World Famous Sydney Opera House, Peace Train is a night of music and story-telling which will strike a chord deep inside the heart of anyone who longs for something more; a journey back in time, recreating the sights and sounds, seeking out the man in the music and telling the story behind the songs.
Featuring songs such as First Cut is the Deepest, Father & Son, Peace Train, Moonshadow and Where do the Children Play - Peace Train traces the path of a man who never stopped wondering about how to make the world a better place. The Cat Stevens Story has had audiences on their feet, cheering for more all around the globe.
Variety, The Children’s Charity Concert – Tuesday 5 September (7.30pm)
Variety, the Children’s Charity, has pleasure in presenting a special charity concert featuring the internationally acclaimed G4 and the Inspiration Choir from the Sage Gateshead, hosted by local comedian Bobby Pattinson.
G4 who shot to fame on the first series of The X Factor in 2004 with their harmonies and arrangements of songs such as My Way, Circle of Life and Bohemian Rhapsody will be presenting songs from their recently released album G4 Love Songs, together with over 100 voices of the Inspiration Choir for an evening of classical and romantic music.
Variety, the Children’s Charity, aims to improve the lives of children and young people throughout the UK who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged.
Roy Chubby Brown – Wednesday 6 September (7.30pm)
Roy Chubby Brown returns with his meatiest show yet! He’s still rude, he’s still crude and this time he’s turning headlines into punch lines as his rip-roaring brand of banter continues to burst bellies across the country. Chubby doesn’t hold back from sharing his outlandish views on news, women and gender, sailing so close to the mark, even the most seasoned of fans will be left gob-smacked!
As politically incorrect as ever ‘The World’s Most Outrageous Comedian’ is far too rude for TV, so this live performance is the only place to catch the flamboyant comedian! Age Advisory 18+.
Showaddywaddy – Thursday 7 September (7.30pm)
'The Greatest Rock & Roll Band In The World' is a bold statement but Showaddywaddy has lived up to that title as they recently celebrated their 40th anniversary.
Formed in the 1970s in Leicester from several local bands, they have sold more than 20 million records and have toured the world. Their live show is dynamic and uplifting featuring all of their biggest hits, many of which reached number one in the pop charts of Europe. Under The Moon of Love, Three Steps to Heaven, Hey Rock & Roll, When, Blue Moon, Pretty Little Angel Eyes and many, many more.
The Dreamboys – Friday 8 September (7.30pm)
The Dreamboys are without a shadow of a doubt the UK's top male strip show, perfect for a night out with all your friends. Their showcase is unquestionably the most famous male stripper act the UK has ever produced. With special guest appearances on some of the UK's biggest TV shows such as The X Factor, Britain's Got Talent, Celebrity Big Brother, Loose Women, This Morning, Geordie Shore and The Only Way Is Essex, plus massive sold out Worldwide tours, it's no wonder The Dreamboys have earned themselves the title of the only male strip group in history to have celebrity status.
This is one action packed show full of Music, Muscle, Magic and Mayhem! Age guidance: 18+.
The legendary co-founder of Eurythmics Dave Stewart is coming home in a live concert celebrating his 65th birthday!
Dave Stewart says ‘I’m looking forward to playing lots of the hit songs I’ve written over the years in the legendary Sunderland Empire. I was born and grew up in Sunderland and have many great memories about my life there (I’m sure more will come flooding back). I was a struggling musician as a teenager in Sunderland so I chose to invite the three young local bands below to perform before me.’ The bands are Social Room, Lilliput and Picnic.
Dave performs with his Nashville all-star players Chad Cromwell (Drums, previously played for Neil Young, Stevie Nicks, Mark Knopfler, Joe Walsh), Tom Bukovac (Guitar - Hank Williams Jr., Sheryl Crow, Don Henley), Dan Dugmore (Steel Guitar - Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Stevie Nicks, Loretta Lynn) and Michael Rhodes (Bass - Martina McBride, Buddy Guy, Lady Antebellum).
With Support from local bands Social Room | Lilliput | Picnic.
Starring Strictly Come Dancing Champion Joanne Clifton and A1 heartthrob Ben Adams, Flashdance - The Musical is the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex a determined welder who dreams of becoming a professional dancer. When a romance complicates her ambitions, she harnesses it to drive her dream of attending Shipley Dance Academy.
Prepare to be blown away by an astonishing musical spectacle with phenomenal choreography to this iconic score including the smash hits Maniac, Gloria, I Love Rock & Roll and of course the sensational title track Flashdance... What a Feeling. Age guidance: 11+.
Welcome to the Preacher Man, the swinging Soho joint where the kids used to dance the night away and dared to dream of love, while the legendary owner, The Preacher Man himself, dispensed advice to cure the loneliest of hearts. Only, that was a long time ago and all that remains are the memories, the stories and the myths. Until now, that is, as three random strangers, generations apart but all in need of help with their hopeless love lives, are inexplicably drawn to the site of the original venue.
Featuring the greatest hits of Dusty Springfield, Diana Vickers, Debra Stephenson and Ian Reddington star in this sparklingly funny and sweetly touching new musical play by internationally-renowned writer Warner Brown and directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood. Son of a Preacher Man will have you laughing, crying and singing your heart out to some of the greatest songs ever written.
Get ready to let your hair down when the big, bold and beautiful production of Hairspray hits the Sunderland Empire stage for one week only with an all-star casting including Norman Pace and Brenda Edwards.
This much loved musical comedy follows the story of Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, on a mission to follow her dreams and dance her way onto national TV. Set in Baltimore, 1961, Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for equality, bagging local heartthrob Link Larkin along the way.
Tickets available from the Box Office on High Street West, via the ticket centre 0844 871 3022* or www.ATGtickets.com/Sunderland *calls cost up to 7p per minute plus standard network charges. Booking and transaction fees may apply to telephone and online bookings.