Joe McElderry will head up the cast of Club Tropicana The Musical when it comes to Sunderland Empire next year.

The show, a summer adventure of love in the sun, with a soundtrack of smash-hit pop classics all performed live on stage, will be on Wearside from May 20-25, 2019.

It takes a fun-packed trip back in time to the electric 80s when hair was big, shoulders were padded, girls (and boys) just wanted to have fun and mobile phones were shaped like bricks and weighed a tonne!

About the show

When a budding bride and groom get cold feet, they each decide to jet off to sunnier climes and feel the heat – but little do they know they’ve checked into the same hotel.

The sizzling summer season at the Club Tropicana sees drinks flowing and tans glowing.

Will our young lovers decide to go through with the wedding?

Will the hotel inspectors (finally) get their way and close the resort, or will the staff save the day?

All will be revealed in hilarious style, to an irresistible soundtrack of some of the most iconic, chart-topping acts from the 80s, including ABC, Cyndi Lauper, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, a-ha, Culture Club, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, Bucks Fizz and Depeche Mode.

The cast is headed by North East’s Joe McElderry, X Factor winner and star of Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Neil McDermott, Ryan Malloy in EastEnders, Eugenius!,The Wind in the Willows, Shrek); Kate Robbins, Spitting Image, ITV’s The Imitation Game, Dinnerladies; Emily Tierney, Eugenius! , Wicked, The Wizard of Oz; and former Sugababe star Amelle Berrabah, making her musical theatre debut.

Tickets are 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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