Check out the latest Sunderland Empire shows and see what’s on in Sunderland theatre with our handy theatre guide! 

With Sunderland Empire open and welcoming capacity crowds back to Wearside, we’ve pulled together some of the West End highlights and new shows taking to the stage at Sunderland Empire… 


The Rocky Horror Show

20 – 25 September



Ready to thrill you with fun and naughty moments, Richard O’Brien’s legendary rock ‘n’ roll musical, The Rocky Horror Show returns to the UK in 2021 as part of a sell-out worldwide tour.

Having been seen by over 30 million theatregoers, The Rocky Horror Show is the story of two squeaky clean college kids – Brad and his fiancée Janet. When by a twist of fate, their car breaks down outside a creepy mansion whilst on their way to visit their former college professor, they meet the charismatic Dr Frank’n’Furter and embark on a whirlwind journey of horror, mischief and music. 

Directed by Christopher Luscombe and featuring timeless classics, including Sweet Transvestite, Damn it Janet, and of course, the pelvic-thrusting Time Warp.

It is an adventure they’ll never forget, filled with fun, frolics, frocks, and frivolity. Definitely a brilliant new show at Sunderland Empire to check out!


School of Rock

5 – 9 October



Get ready to stick it to the man as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s West End and Broadway hit musical, School of Rock rolls into the city to rock out at Sunderland Empire!

This global hit musical based on the iconic movie starring the hilarious Jack Black has just announced that they’re stopping over at Sunderland Empire for a few exclusive performances.

If you’ve seen this modern classic, then you’ll know just how good this production will be! School of Rock follows the trials and tribulations of wannabe rock star Dewey Finn as he is cast out by his dive-bar bandmates and finds himself in desperate need of cash to keep a roof over his head. 

A man of great talent but questionable morals, Dewey decides to pose as a substitute music teacher at an elite prep school – exposing his straight-A students to the rock gods he idolises and transforming them into a mind-blowing rock band with an abrasive punk attitude. 

Featuring 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber as well as all the original songs from the movie, and a band of insanely talented kids that play live every show, School of Rock will warm your heart and blow you away in equal measure. 


Alan Carr – Regional Trinket

22 – 23 October



One of the UK’s biggest comedy stars is whistling into Sunderland Empire with his new show, Regional Trinket.

From the exhilarating high of his star-studded wedding day, to the low of lockdown stuck on a farm, a lot has changed since Alan’s last tour four years ago, including Alan. 

A new Sunderland Empire show, Alan’s unique style of humour and effortless stage presence has made him one of Britain’s most successful and treasured comedians, and his date in Wearside is shaping up to be a sell-out show. 



25 – 30 October



Having received standing ovations night after night in London’s West End and on Broadway, Waitress is the latest theatre production to whistle into Sunderland for a series of award-winning shows. 

Treat yourself to a slice of five-star musical show as Lucie Jones stars in the hit musical comedy WAITRESS as Jenna, with Sandra Marvin playing Becky, Evelyn Hoskins as Dawn and Matt Willis as Dr Pomatter.

Brought to life by a ground-breaking, female-led creative team, this warm, witty, and hilarious  hit features a awe-inspiring set by the Grammy award-winning Sara Bareilles, a stellar script by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson and directed by Tony® Award-winner Diane Paulus. 


Jimmy Carr – Terribly Funny

1 November



Comedy heavyweight Jimmy Carr heads to Wearside this winter with a side-splitting new show! 

Arriving at Sunderland Empire as part of his UK tour, Jimmy Carr has become a household name through regular appearances on 8 Out of 10 Cats and The Big Fat Quiz of the Year. 

He’s been nominated for comedy’s most prestigious prize ‘The Perrier Award’, he’s bagged himself a Royal Television Society winners award and he’s guaranteed to make you laugh from start to finish. 

Not to be missed!


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