Sunderland – Whats On Guide – From April 2022

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What’s On | From April 2022

MAMMA MIA! The ultimate feel-good show

AWAITING HIGH RES


Welcome to the latest What’s on Guide from Sunderland Empire! What an incredible start to the year we’ve had already! Jam-packed with unforgettable West End showstoppers and incredible theatrical talent. If you didn’t manage to catch any of these jaw-dropping shows, then I am thrilled for you all to see what we have in store over the upcoming months. From magical Bedknobs and Broomsticks to atmospheric Wuthering Heights, this season has something for everyone. Off-stage, our Creative Learning team are extremely proud to announce that we have received a Gold Standard Award from the North East Autism Society! The team have worked incredibly hard to make the services we provide are as supportive, understanding, and accessible as possible. Work includes, collaborating with productions to create relaxed performances and working with autism-friendly theatre groups including Curious Connections and the Connect Company. This is the highest accolade that NEAS offer and the hard work that the team have put in is sure to make a real difference to our autistic and neurodivergent customers theatre experience. These past few months have continued to be nothing but exciting for us, and on behalf of everyone here, we are incredibly grateful for your on-going support and appreciation for our beautiful theatre.

Photography by David Allan.

Marie Nixon, Theatre Manager

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We are thrilled to welcome everyone back to enjoy the magic of live entertainment. Whilst it is a cause for celebration, we respectfully ask you to be considerate toward your fellow audience members, and to be kind to our dedicated staff who are here to keep you safe and ensure everyone enjoys each show. Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.

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WATCH YOUR FAVOURITE SHOWS FOR JUST £13* WITH PRICE PROMISE To say ‘thank you’ for coming back, we’re continuing with our Price Promise ticket deals and sticking at just £13 per seat. There aren’t many opportunities to enjoy an exciting night out for such a low price – even staying in with a takeaway could cost more. You could buy up to four Price Promise tickets in one purchase which means you can enjoy a night of live music, comedy or drama while you re-connect with family and friends. And, at £13 per ticket, there’s plenty of room for ice-cream or drinks too, making it a really great value night out for everyone. Numbers of Price Promise tickets are limited per show so keep an eye out for our logo on selected shows. To book, simply select your chosen show, click ‘buy tickets’ and choose your £13 Price Promise seats.

WHAT’S THE DEAL? £13 tickets Limited to four tickets per purchase Limited number available per performance – so be quick! *Price Promise tickets are strictly limited. Max 4 tickets per person. Lead booker must attend performance and present valid ID on arrival. Transaction fees apply. Ticket limits breached will result in cancellation of your tickets.

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Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë’s story of love, revenge and redemption is reimagined and laid bare in this theatrical adaptation.

Bedknobs & Broomsticks This magical fantasy will transport you to another world with original songs including Portobello Road and The Beautiful Briny.

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Chicago This fast-paced tale of murder, greed, corruption, adultery and more will have your feet tapping to the beat and your emotions on a knife’s edge.

season From show-stopping musicals to family favourites, here are a few of our season highlights...

Strictly Ballroom Based on the smash hit film, this stage extravaganza combines the choreography of Craig Revel Horwood and the winning moves of Kevin Clifton.

Him & Me An evening of music and dance with Strictly favourites Anton Du Beke and Giovanni Pernice with a host of talented guests. ATGTICKETS.COM/Sunderland | 5


TUE 5 & WED 6 APR

Ellen Kent Productions

Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Sung in French with English surtitles.

Performed by the Ukrainian National Municipal Opera Kyiv with international soloists, highly-praised chorus and full orchestra. Puccini’s Madama Butterfly – Returns with exquisite sets including a spectacular Japanese garden and fabulous costumes including antique wedding kimonos from Japan. ‘THIS IS A BUTTERFLY TO CHERISH.’ – Manchester Evening News Bizet’s Carmen – A dazzling production of passion, sexual jealousy, death and unforgettable arias in a setting evoking Seville’s architecturally stunning Roman and Moorish influenced main square. ‘HOT-BLOODED, A JOY.’ – The Independent *Cast subject to change.

MADAMA BUTTERFLY: TUE 7.30PM CARMEN: WED 7.30PM TICKETS FROM £13 ATG THEATRECARD Best offer – £5 off GROUPS Best offer – £7 off per ticket for groups of 20+ BOOK BOTH OPERAS TOGETHER & SAVE 20%

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TUESDAY 19TH – SUNDAY 24TH APRIL

★★★★

‘SPECTACULAR. THE SHOW HAS US IN THE PALM OF ITS HANDS.’ THE TIMES

‘A BEWITCHING PRODUCTION.

A TRIUMPH’ DAILY TELEGRAPH

Enter a world of magic and fantasy as Disney’s classic movie Bedknobs and Broomsticks makes its world premiere as an exciting new stage musical. When three orphaned children are evacuated from wartime London to live with trainee witch Eglantine Price, they have no idea what lies ahead.

MICHAEL HARRISON presents

Featuring the original songs by the legendary Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), this enchanting production promises to be a magical adventure for the whole family. Ages 6+

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‘TRULY MAGICAL.

TICKETS FROM £13

YOU’LL BELIEVE A BED CAN FLY’

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GROUPS Offer – £6 off per ticket for groups of 10+ Tue – Thu UNDER 16s Offer – 20% off Tue – Thu

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EDITORIAL

Time to Cher! The Strictly favourite spills the beans about her incredible backstage role on The Cher Show.

Telling the story of the Armenian-American truck driver’s shy daughter, The Cher Show charts the superstar singer’s meteoric rise to fame. Packed with 35 of her biggest hits, it’s part show and part party. ‘It’s the story that so many women connect with, but it’s also the songs and the clothes. It will be epic!’ beams Oti, adding: ‘It must live up to Cher’s iconic status. She has been such an inspiration to so many people and this musical will be a celebration of everything people love about her.’ It’s down to Oti to weave that star quality into the choreography – a challenge she is absolutely thrilled about. ‘There are so many elements in choreography that are so exciting. Creating a storyline through dance means you go through the smallest details – is there a connection or a secret between

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the dancers that we need the audience to share? What props are there? What is the dancer at the back of the stage doing?’ Oti’s exuberance ratchets up a notch when we talk about Cher’s hits. ‘I grew up listening to Cher’s music. Her songs have stories behind them and I LOVE choreography that has a story behind it! It gives intention to the movement. It makes everyone in the theatre part of the story. And everyone connects to Cher’s music because it is timeless. SHE is timeless! The show starts from the beginning of her life to the present day, so if you don’t know Cher’s story, you will learn it. The show is going to almost every theatre in the country because Cher is an international phenomenon!’ Born in South Africa in 1990, Oti has been dancing since childhood. From making a name for herself as the undefeated eight-time South African Latin American champion, she also managed to train as a Civil Engineer while competing. Reflectively, she adds: `Engineering and dance are both about problem-solving and precision and I love them both equally. I’d love to do a TV show about it.’ A TV show about engineering told through the medium of dance? Stand by for the Reinforced Concrete Rumba…

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Feature © Vicky Edwards. Photography by Bryony Blake.

A bundle of energy, Oti Mabuse operates at warp speed. But then the double Strictly Glitterball champion has good reason to be happy. Currently revving up for the hotly anticipated production of The Cher Show, directed by Arlene Phillips and with a book by Tony® and Olivier Award-winning Rick Elice (of Jersey Boys fame), Oti will be choreographing the show, which will tour until April 2023.


TUESDAY 26TH – SATURDAY 30TH APRIL

IT’S TIME TO

TURN BACK TIME

35 SMASH HITS – ONE POP GODDESS

BOOK BY

RICK EL ICE

DIRECTED BY

ARL ENE PH IL L IPS

CHOREOGRAPHY BY

OTI MABU SE

COSTUMES BY

G A BR I E L L A SL AD E

Music icon turned Hollywood royalty, Cher has conquered it all. From a young kid with big dreams, to the dizzying heights of global stardom, The Cher Show tells the incredible story of Cher’s meteoric rise to fame, flying in the face of convention at every turn. You’ll be spinning in the aisles to the sounds of her biggest hits, including If I Could Turn Back Time, Strong Enough, The Shoop Shoop Song, I Got You Babe and Believe. Book now for a joyous party musical fit for the Queen of pop. Don’t miss this dazzling glitter-fest sparkling with Cher’s signature wit and style!

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TUE – SAT 7.30PM WED, THU & SAT MATS 2.30PM TICKETS FROM £13 ATG THEATRECARD Best offer – £10 off Tue GROUPS Offer – £5 off per ticket for groups 10+ Tue – Thu SENIORS Offer – £10 off Wed & Thu Mats

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Photography by Steve Tanner.

EDITORIAL

Exploring the heights of passion We get under the skin of a timeless classic with the stars of Wuthering Heights, Lucy McCormick and Ash Hunter. 10 | ATGTICKETS.COM/Sunderland

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Newcastle native Lucy McCormick (Cathy) and co-star Ash Hunter (Heathcliff) bring a timeless tale of unrequited love and revenge to the Sunderland stage in this contemporary retelling of Emily Bronte’s haunting classic, Wuthering Heights. When Cathy Earnshaw’s father brings home the brooding orphan Heathcliff, the fiery Cathy is fascinated by this wild, untamed boy. As time passes, their feelings flourish into an explosive love with nowhere to go. It’s a story people will connect with even if they haven’t read the original novel. The whole experience is intoxicating. Emma Rice’s story takes its 21st century audience on a similar journey of emotions that Emily took her 19th century readers on. Lucy describes show creator Emma’s interpretation as colourful, dramatic, theatrical and very musical. Ash Hunter, who plays Heathcliff, agrees and calls the show ‘theatre magic’. ‘I think that’s a very apt description of her style. She’s got a massive bag of tricks which she can delve into to create something rare and different to the theatre you see anywhere else.’ Lucy and Ash believe that they are both bringing a lot of themselves to their roles. Lucy says, ‘I’m a bit more intense than Cathy in my actual life. My Catherine is a great one! (laughs) She’s me!’ Ash agrees, saying, ‘This version of Heathcliff isn’t colourblind casting, he is black, he’s got a Jamaican accent. He’s spurned and treated like an outcast, not only because of his poverty or social standing but because of his colour, and that anger that is brewed up within him is a righteous anger. It’s something that I have felt, I think he is me if I hadn’t found my peace. I think that he is less brutal than the Heathcliff in the books and there was a desire to show

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that people are not entirely bad or entirely good. Emma hasn’t allowed Heathcliff to become as dark as he could have become, and there are moments where you see him soften.’ Although the world-famous story was written in 1846, both Lucy and Ash believe that its timeless themes are relevant to the present day. Proving that as the world around us may evolve and become mechanised and digitised, human nature hasn’t changed much with the centuries. ‘For me, it’s specific to what’s going on in the world and with me and my relationship with my blackness and masculinity. I’m hoping people will see this and will identify with Heathcliff and his struggles,’ says Ash. ‘If you treat someone like a monster, you create a monster. Hopefully people see that reflection and out of that can come love and positivity. I think it’s saying that if you can deal with your demons then something good can loom from it.’ Lucy believes that the story is about being human in every sense. She says, ‘It’s about dysfunctional people making mistakes. Hopefully an audience can analyse it and see where things went wrong. Unfortunately, people can be rubbish. And that’s probably never going to change.’ Both actors believe audiences will leave the theatre exhausted, exhilarated and feeling as though they’ve stepped off an emotional rollercoaster. Ash is passionate about the retelling, ‘The first half is just a juggernaut. It’s a play in itself! The ending of the first half is just... Watching Catherine and Heathcliff’s descent into mutual madness is just Whoa! It’s cool.’ And that’s no bad thing. Ash concludes, ‘In her Wuthering Heights, Emma gives the audience a gift to go away with.’ And everyone loves gifts.

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THURSDAY 19TH – SUNDAY 22ND MAY

‘WHAT A MAGNIFICENT SHOW! IT COULDN’T BE BETTER!’ DAV I D WA L L I A M S

Joe Spud is 12 years old and the richest boy in the He has his own sports car, two crocodiles 28/02/2022 16:53:22 as pets and £100,000 a week pocket money! But what Joe doesn’t have is a friend. So, he decides to leave his posh school and start at the local comp. However, things don’t go as planned for Joe, and life becomes a rollercoaster as he tries to find what money can’t buy!

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From the award-winning producers of Gangsta Granny and Horrible Histories comes the hit West End production of David Walliams’ best-selling story! Ages 5+

THU 1.30PM & 7PM, FRI 10.30AM & 7PM, SAT 2.30PM & 7PM, SUN 11AM & 3PM TICKETS FROM £13 ATG THEATRECARD Best offer – £5 off SCHOOLS Offer – £12 per ticket for groups of 10+ plus 1 free ticket for every 10 purchased Thu Mat & Fri 10.30am FAMILY Offer – £80 (4 people, at least one paying adult)

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MON 23 – WED 25 MAY

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Since its premiere 25 years ago, Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance has become the most successful touring production in entertainment history. Visiting over 1,000 venues worldwide, seen by over 60 million people, in 60 different countries.

Sunderland Empire

Dazzling audiences with its unique combination of high-energy Irish dancing and original music, the show goes to the next level for the 25th Anniversary tour. Expect new staging and costumes, unparalleled precision dancing and state-of-the art theatrical effects.

MON – WED 8PM TICKETS FROM £13 ATG THEATRECARD Best offer – £10 off Mon GROUPS Offer – £7 off per ticket for groups of 10+ 16 – 25s Offer – 20% off

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TUESDAY 31ST MAY – SATURDAY 4TH JUNE

Chicago, the ‘SEXIEST MUSICAL EVER’ (Metro), is coming to Sunderland for one week only, starring Coronation Street’s Faye Brookes (Dancing On Ice, Grease, Legally Blonde) as Roxie Hart, and West End star Djalenga Scott (Annie, Chicago, West Side Story) as Velma Kelly.

The producers may make alterations to the published cast for any reason, at any time, and therefore cannot guarantee the appearance of any named artist.

Created by the musical theatre talents of John Kander, Fred Ebb and legendary choreographer Bob Fosse, Chicago’s sexy, sassy score, with one show-stopping song after another, includes Razzle Dazzle, Cell Block Tango and All That Jazz.

TUE – SAT 7.30PM WED & SAT MATS 2.30PM

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• Discounted ticket prices • No booking fees • Buy now, pay later • Priority mailings Make it even more special by booking one of our Ambassador Lounges and get the VIP treatment. Get ready to feel the buzz of theatre, with great rates for groups and schools. To find out more, or to book for your group, you can call our dedicated groups team on 0207 206 1174 (local call rate) or email groupsales@atgtickets.com

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MONDAY 6TH – SATURDAY 11TH JUNE

JAKE QUICKENDEN As Willard

DARREN DAY As Reverend Moore

THE MUSICAL

IC HIT SONGS: F E AT U R I N G T H E C L A S S

HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO ISE ALMOST PARAD LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY E THE A N D O F CO U R S E T I T L E T R AC K U N F O R G E T TA B L

FOOTLOOSE

SELLADOOR PRODUCTIONS and RUNAWAY ENTERTAINMENT present FOOTLOOSE THE MUSICAL Stage Adaptation by DEAN PITCHFORD and WALTER BOBBIE Based on the Original Screenplay by DEAN PITCHFORD Music by TOM SNOW Lyrics by DEAN PITCHFORD Additional Music by ERIC CARMEN, SAMMY HAGAR, KENNY LOGGINS and JIM STEINMAN Presented by special arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe

Following two critically-acclaimed tours and a West End run, Footloose is back and better than ever, with the incredible Jake Quickenden (Dancing on Ice winner, Hollyoaks, Dreamboys, Hair, Peter Pan – A Musical Adventure) as lovable cowboy Willard, and the legendary Darren Day (TV personality and star of West End and national tours, including Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Grease and Summer Holiday) as Reverend Moore.

80s hits, including Holding Out for a Hero, Almost Paradise, Let’s Hear It For The Boy and, of course, the unforgettable title track, Footloose.

Based on the 1980s screen sensation that took the world by storm, Footloose sizzles with spirit, fun and the best in UK musical talent. With cuttingedge modern choreography, you’ll enjoy classic

ATG THEATRECARD Best offer – £10 off Mon

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★★★★ ‘A ROARING SUCCESS.’ – Yorkshire Times MON – SAT 7.30PM WED – SAT MATS 2.30PM TICKETS FROM £13 GROUPS Offer – £5 off per ticket for groups 10+ Mon – Thu SENIORS Offer – £10 off Wed Mat

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★★★★★

‘IT’S BACK AND IT’S ABBA-SOLUTELY FABULOUS.’ B R I S TO L P O S T

Join the ultimate feel-good show, MAMMA MIA!, the world’s sunniest and most exhilarating smash hit musical!

Set on a Greek island paradise, a story of love, friendship and identity is cleverly told through the timeless songs of ABBA.

Photography by Brinkhoff/Mögenburg.

Sophie’s quest to discover the father she has never known brings her mother face-to-face with three men from her distant romantic past on the eve of a wedding they’ll never forget. This irresistibly funny show has been thrilling audiences all around the world, so there has never been a better time to see this unforgettable musical in Sunderland. Whatever age you are, you can’t help but have the time of your life at MAMMA MIA! Ages 5+

MON – SAT 7.30PM THU & SAT MATS 2.30PM TICKETS FROM £13 ATG THEATRECARD Best offer – £10 off Tue 5 Jul GROUPS Offer – £6 off per ticket for groups of 10+ Mon – Thu UNDER 25s Offer – £20 per ticket Mon – Thu CAPTIONED Tue 12 Jul 7.30pm

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Find out about the latest show announcements, backstage gossip and hot off the press theatre news! Find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and now TikTok! Our social media accounts contain everything from on-sale ticket announcements and trending videos, to cast snapshots, behind the scenes stories and the opportunity to interact with like-minded theatregoers too. You might even get the chance to win tickets to your favourite show!

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TUESDAY 13TH – SATURDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER

You loved them for a reason. Now, for the first time, you can see this sensational new musical and relive one of the world’s biggest ever boy bands. The Osmonds: A New Musical, directed by Shaun Kerrison and choreographed by Olivier Award-winning Bill Deamer, tells the official story from Jay Osmond about the five brothers from Utah who were pushed into the spotlight as children and went on to create smash hits, decade after decade.

We’re Having a Party and you’re invited to join us for this night of drama, nostalgia and dancing in the aisles!

TUE – SAT 7.30PM WED, THU & SAT MATS 2.30PM TICKETS FROM £13 ATG THEATRECARD Best offer – £10 off Tue GROUPS Offer – £5 off per ticket for groups of 10+ Tue – Thu SENIORS Offer – £10 off Wed & Thu Mat

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‘EXHILARATING! ONE OF THE BEST MUSICALS EVER WRITTEN.’ S U N DAY T I M E S

Willy Russell’s legendary muscial tells the captivating and moving tale of twins separated at birth, who grew up on opposites sides of the tracks, only to meet again with tragic consequences.

Few musicals have been received with such acclaim as the multi award-winning Blood Brothers. Bill Kenwright’s production surpassed 10,000 performances in London’s West End, one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone. It has been affectionately christened the ‘Standing Ovation Musical’, as inevitably it ‘BRINGS THE AUDIENCE CHEERING TO ITS FEET AND ROARING ITS APPROVAL.’ (Daily Mail). Photos of previous cast.

The superb score includes Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True.

TUE – SAT 7.30PM WED, THU & SAT MATS 2.30PM TICKETS FROM £13 ATG THEATRECARD Best offer – £10 off Tue GROUPS Offer – £5 off per ticket for groups of 8+ Tue – Thu UNDER 25s Offer – Half price Tue – Thu

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TUESDAY 20TH – SATURDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER

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MONDAY 10TH – SATURDAY 15TH OCTOBER

Bringing together a cast of over 20 world class performers, Strictly Ballroom the Musical follows rebellious young ballroom dancer Scott Hastings. When his radical dance style sees him fall out of favour with the Australian Federation, he must dance with beginner Fran. Together they find the courage to defy tradition and discover that to win, your steps don’t need to be strictly ballroom! Featuring toe-tapping numbers, such as Love is in the Air, Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps and Time After Time, this spectacle is sure to make for an unforgettable evening under the glitter ball that will send your heart soaring!

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MON – SAT 7.30PM WED & SAT MATS 2.30PM TICKETS FROM £13 ATG THEATRECARD Best offer – £5 off Tue – Thu GROUPS Offer – £5 off per ticket for groups of 10+ Tue – Thu SENIORS Offer – £10 off Wed Mat

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‘A FIVE-STAR HIT – ASTONISHINGLY POWERFUL.’ THE TIMES

Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production of Boublil and Schönberg’s musical Les Misérables comes to Sunderland for the first time in November 2022.

This brilliant new staging has taken the world by storm and has been hailed ‘LES MIS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY’ – Huffington Post. With scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, the magnificent score of Les Misérables includes the songs: I Dreamed a Dream, On My Own, Bring Him Home, One Day More, Master Of The House and many more. Seen by over 120 million people worldwide in 52 countries and in 22 languages, Les Misérables is undisputedly one of the world’s most popular musicals. Storm the barricades for a ticket! MON – SAT 7.30PM THU & SAT MATS 2.30PM TICKETS FROM £13 ATG THEATRECARD Best offer – £10 off Tue 1 Nov GROUPS Offer – £5 off per ticket for groups of 10+ Mon – Thu UNDER 25s Offer – £15 off per ticket Mon – Thu CAPTIONED Mon 14 Nov 7.30pm AUDIO DESCRIBED Wed 16 Nov 7.30pm SIGNED Wed 16 Nov 7.30pm

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THEATRE ACCESSIBLE FOR ALL We believe everyone should be able to enjoy the thrill of live theatre and offer a wide range of access performances throughout the year. Here are the upcoming productions:

AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCES

Les Misérables Wed 16 Nov 7.30pm

SIGNED PERFORMANCES

Les Misérables Wed 16 Nov 7.30pm Aladdin Thu 29 Dec 7pm

WORK WITH US We’re keen to increase our offering and raise awareness of our access performances.

MAMMA MIA! Tue 12 Jul 7.30pm Les Misérables Mon 14 Nov 7.30pm Aladdin Thu 29 Dec 2pm

We would love to hear from local people, groups and organisations who would like to work with us more closely in making this a reality. If this is of interest, please email sunderlandmarketing@theambassadors.com

RELAXED PERFORMANCES

Please note, this email cannot be used for access bookings or enquiries. Please see inside back cover for details.

CAPTIONED PERFORMANCES

Aladdin Tue 27 Dec 5pm


A MAGIC CARPET RIDE THAT’S PURE GENIE-US! MARTIN DODD for UK PRODUCTIONS proudly presents

THE NORTH EAST’S QUEEN OF COMEDY!

HE’S BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Miss Rory Tom Whalley as WIDOW TWANKEY

as WISHEE WASHEE

MOR STAR CASTEING STILL TO BE ANNOUNCED!

FRIDAY 9TH DECEMBER 2022 – MONDAY 2ND JANUARY 2023 GO ONLINE FOR PERFORMANCE TIMES | TICKETS FROM £13 ATG THEATRECARD Best offer – £5 off GROUPS Offer – £9 off per ticket for groups of 10+ SCHOOLS Offer – £10 per ticket plus 1 free teacher ticket with every 10 purchased YOUTH GROUPS Offer – £14 per ticket for groups of 10+ UNDER 25s Offer – £7.50 off per ticket All offers apply to selected performances only.

RELAXED PERFORMANCE Tue 27 Dec 5pm | CAPTIONED Thu 29 Dec 2pm SIGNED Thu 29 Dec 7pm FROM APRIL 2022

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THE CARPENTERS STORY

WALK RIGHT BACK THE EVERLY BROTHERS STORY

Seen by over a million people, now in its 16th year, all the classics from Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Supremes, Four Tops, Jackson 5 and more feature in one breathtaking live concert.

A musical journey through the glittering career of pop’s most famous brother-and-sister duo. Featuring the classic songbook that made The Carpenters legendary, including (They Long To Be) Close To You, Top of the World, We’ve Only Just Begun, Goodbye to Love and many more! SUN 15 MAY 7.30PM

Starring Crissy Rock (Benidorm), Rebecca Wheatley (Casualty), Nicki French (Eurovision) and Susie Fenwick (West End star) in the brand new show, Cruising Through Menopause, the hysterical sequel to the smash hit show Menopause The Musical. Ages 16+

Follow the sad yet glorious story of The Everly Brothers, featuring hits including Bye Bye Love, All I Have To Do Is Dream and Cathy’s Clown, plus many more classics from those ‘harmonies from heaven’. MON 16 MAY 7.30PM

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A BEAUTIFUL NOISE SHOW A TRIBUTE TO NEIL DIAMOND WITH FISHER STEVENS

THE SENSATIONAL 60s EXPERIENCE

From London’s West End. Celebrate all the classic Neil Diamond hits, including, Love On The Rocks, Sweet Caroline, Forever In Blue Jeans, Red Red Wine, I’m A Believer and many more.

Join us for the musical phenomenon of 2022. The show with the definite feel-good factor will transport you back to the magical decade that was the 1960s. Hits include Needles and Pins, Silence Is Golden, Little Children and many more.

TUE 17 MAY 7.30PM

THU 26 MAY 7.30PM

TICKETS FROM £13

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ISLANDS IN THE STREAM

THE SIMON & GARFUNKEL STORY

FRI 27 MAY 7.30PM

TUE 14 JUN 7.30PM

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Leave your 9 to 5 worries at the door and get ready – because for one night, we celebrate the Queen and King of country music – Dolly Parton and the late, great Kenny Rogers.

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Direct from London’s West End, a sold-out worldwide tour and standing ovations at every performance, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is back! Using huge projection photos, original film footage and a full live band performing all the hits. ‘FANTASTIC.’ – Elaine Paige, BBC Radio 2

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TAKE THAT GREATEST HITS THE SING-A-LONG FEATURING RE-TAKE THAT

THAT’LL BE THE DAY 35TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR

Join us for the ultimate Take That party night with a live and fully interactive sing-a-long experience starring the UK’s favourite tribute RE-TAKE THAT.

That’ll Be The Day reaches another milestone this year, celebrating its 35th anniversary! Unashamedly nostalgic and ‘relentlessly entertaining’, the show mixes brilliant vocals and superb musicianship with impersonations and hilarious comedy routines.

FRI 17 JUN 7.30PM

SAT 18 JUN 7.30PM

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JOHNNY CASH ROADSHOW

ROB BRYDON A NIGHT OF SONGS & LAUGHTER

It’s the only show to be endorsed by the Cash family! The Johnny Cash Roadshow is back with favourites such as Walk the Line, Ring of Fire and Hurt. The biggest and best celebration of Johnny Cash in the world today, it is guaranteed to leave you wanting more.

Featuring Rob’s brilliant stand-up comedy plus songs ranging from Tom Waits to Tom Jones, Guys and Dolls to Elvis. Rob shares his personal musical journey from South Wales to the West End and beyond!

SUN 19 JUN 7.30PM

SUN 3 JUL 7.30PM

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ANTON DU BEKE & GIOVANNI PERNICE HIM & ME

THE DRIFTERS

Strictly Come Dancing’s Anton and Giovanni star in Him & Me! The Strictly Champion and the Ballroom King are joined by a world-class cast of dancers and singers. The best night out for all ages... A true dance extravaganza! Ages 8+

The Drifters are back with a brand new show performing all their classic hits. The legendary group has an incredible back catalogue, including Saturday Night At The Movies, Stand By Me, Come On Over To My Place, Under The Boardwalk and many, many more!

WED 20 JUL 7.30PM

THU 21 JUL 7.30PM

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SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK THE ROD STEWART STORY

Direct from the West End. Capturing the excitement, energy and charisma that have made Rod a true rock icon, including those infamous moves and all the hits like Handbags & Gladrags and The First Cut Is The Deepest. SAT 23 JUL 7.30PM TICKETS FROM £13 ATGTICKETS.COM/Sunderland

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LOCAL PRODUCTIONS

NORTHERN STAR THEATRE ARTS PRESENTS 15 YEARS OF STARS MON 11 APR 7PM THE WORX STUDIO PRESENTS THE COMEBACK! SUN 12 JUN 7PM SUNDERLAND SCHOOLS DANCE FESTIVAL WED 15 JUN 1.30PM KATHLEEN DAVIS PRESENTS A DANCER’S DREAM TUE 19 JUL 7PM

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LEARN. CREATE. PERFORM. ENJOY. Creative Learning provides enriching and unforgettable experiences for our local community, schools and audiences.

CALLING ALL TEACHERS! Did you know our Creative Learning team host termly teacher network evenings for both Primary and Secondary schools? These events are led by our experienced and passionate team where teachers come together to share ideas and offer support around ways to inject more creativity into the curriculum. We also offer exciting training opportunities with visiting productions that provide unique learning experiences for teachers. For more information, please contact our Creative Learning team!


Delivered by our team of industry professionals at Sunderland Empire, our academy focuses on developing skills in the three key musical theatre disciplines: acting, singing and dance.

JUNIORS & SENIORS

SUN 10am – 1pm (During term time) | Ages 8 – 18 £150 (Per 10 week term – 3 per year) Places are limited. Please contact us to register your interest and we will be in touch to confirm your place.

WEEKLY CLASSES We offer free taster sessions on our weekly classes. Please note, all our classes are currently fully subscribed, however please contact us to join a waiting list.

CONNECT COMPANY

Theatre group for adults aged 18+ with additional needs. Develop a diverse range of theatre skills in a relaxed and supportive environment. MON 10am – 3pm | Ages 18+ | £80 per month

CURIOUS CONNECTIONS

Relaxed youth theatre for young people with additional needs. MON 4.15pm – 5.45pm | Ages 18+ | £30 per term (Supported by Trust and foundation funding)

GROUP TOURS A unique opportunity to find out more about our Edwardian theatre! Discover interesting facts, hear stories from its colourful history whilst visiting areas of the venue you may not have seen before. £8 per person for groups of 10+ £7.50 per person for groups of 20+ Please advise us of any access requirements before booking. Please note tour prices do not include a show ticket.

MOVERS (SUNDERLAND EMPIRE)

A weekly dance class for anyone harnessing traditional and contemporary dance techniques. THU 10am – 12pm | £5 per session (Paid termly) FRI 10am – 12pm | £5 per session (Paid termly) Ages 65+

COMMUNITY CHORUS

Learn to sing in a range of styles such as pop, folk, gospel and classical. FRI 1pm – 3pm | Ages 18+ £5 per session (Paid termly) For information or to book please email SunderlandCreativeLearning@ theambassadors.com or call 0191 566 1054 or visit ATGTICKETS.COM/Sunderland @sunderlandempirecreativelearning sundempire Sundempire

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White Christmas

MON 28 NOV – SAT 3 DEC A timeless musical to warm the hearts of all ages.

Swan Lake THU 9 – SAT 11 MAR 2023 Lose yourself in the magical dreamscape, romance and incredible score.

WHAT’S COMING

soon...

Wuthering Heights TUE 10 – SAT 14 MAY Emily Brontë’s story of love, revenge and redemption is reimagined and laid bare in this theatrical adaptation.

From show-stopping musicals to family favourites, here are a few highlights to look forward to...

The Mousetrap TUE 30 JAN – SAT 3 FEB 2024 For almost 70 years, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap has kept millions of people on the edge of their seats. Could you be next?

The Illegal Eagles SUN 11 SEP The legendary band are back with all your favourite country rock classics. FROM APRIL 2022


DIARY April

Mon 11 Thu 14 Tue 19 – Sun 24

Ellen Kent's Madama Butterfly Ellen Kent's Carmen Justin Live – The BIG Tour The Magic of Motown Sing–A–Long–A The Greatest Showman 15 Years of Stars Menopause The Musical 2 Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Tue 26 – Sat 30

The Cher Show

Tue 5

Wed 6 Thu 7 Fri 8 Sat 9

May

Tue 10 – Sat 14

Wuthering Heights

Sun 15 Mon 16

The Carpenters Story Walk Right Back – The Everly Brothers Story A Beautiful Noise – Celebrating The Music of Neil Diamond Billionaire Boy

Tue 17

Thu 19 – Sun 22

Mon 23 – Wed 25 Lord of the Dance Thu 26 The Sensational 60s Experience Fri 27 Islands In The Stream Tue 31 – Chicago Sat 4 Jun

June

Mon 6 – Sat 11 Sun 12 Tue 14 Fri 17 Sat 18 Sun 19

July

Sun 3 Tue 5 – Sat 16

Tue 19 Wed 20 Thu 21 Sat 23

7.30pm 7.30pm 11am & 2.30pm 7.30pm 2pm 7pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm (Wed, Sat & Sun) 7.30pm 2.30pm (Wed, Thu & Sat)

7.30pm 2pm (Wed & Sat) 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm

1.30pm & 7pm (Thu) 10.30am & 7pm (Fri) 2.30pm & 7pm (Sat) 11am & 3pm (Sun) 8pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm (Wed & Sat)

September Tue 6 – Sat 10

Rock of Ages

Sun 11 Tue 13 – Sat 17

The Illegal Eagles The Osmonds – A New Musical Blood Brothers

Tue 20 – Sat 24

October

7.30pm (Tue – Thu) 5pm & 8.30pm (Fri) 2.30pm & 7.30pm (Sat) 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm (Wed, Thu & Sat) 7.30pm 2.30pm (Wed & Sat)

Strictly Ballroom The Musical

7.30pm 2.30pm (Wed & Sat)

Tue 1 – Sat 19

Les Misérables

Mon 28 – Sat 3 Dec

White Christmas

7.30pm 2.30pm (Thu & Sat) Mon 14 Nov 7.30pm Wed 16 Nov 7.30pm Wed 16 Nov 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm (Wed & Sat)

Mon 10 – Sat 15

November

December

Fri 9 – Mon 2 Jan 2023

Aladdin

See website for details. Tue 27 Dec 5pm Thu 29 Dec 2pm Thu 29 Dec 7pm

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Footloose

7.30pm 2.30pm (Wed & Sat) The Worx Studio presents... 7pm The Comeback! The Simon & 7.30pm Garfunkel Story Re-Take That 7.30pm That'll Be The Day 7.30pm The Johnny Cash Roadshow 7.30pm

Rob Brydon – A Night of Songs and Laughter Mamma Mia!

A Dancer’s Dream Anton & Giovanni – Him & Me The Drifters Some Guys Have All The Luck – The Rod Stewart Story

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7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm (Thu & Sat) Tue 12 Jul 7.30pm 7pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm

Audio Described

Relaxed Performance

Captioned Performance

Signed Performance

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PILLARS VENUE GUIDES BOXES (SOLD IN 4s)

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BOX C

STANDING POSITION STANDING WITH RESTRICTED VIEW

BOX B

BOX A

SEATING RESTRICTED OR LIMITED VIEW RESTRICTED VIEW AND RESTRICTED LEG ROOM

ACCESSIBILITY AND WHEELCHAIR ALLOCATION

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FIND OUT MORE We’re easy to find and Sunderland has plenty of parking spaces. See our website for directions, parking and hospitality packages.

ARRIVE BY METRO – FOR FREE You can travel on Metro and the Shields Ferry for free for up to 2 hours before and after the performance. Show ticket required.

STAGECOACH FAMILY TICKET – £6 2 adults and up to 3 children can travel to and from theatre on any Stagecoach service. Show ticket required. TICKET PRICES Based on the popularity of a performance and ticket availability, prices can change at any point during the show’s on-sale period. Due to the varying nature of our shows and their set design, we cannot guarantee an unrestricted view from all seats at all times. For the most up-to-date information please check online, call or visit our Box Office. ATG TheatreCard, group ticket prices and any special offers or concessions, are subject to availability and can change or be withdrawn at any time. Family tickets are for 4 people with a maximum of 2 adults. ATG TheatreCard offers are for a maximum of 4 tickets per card on selected seats, prices and performances. atgtickets.com/theatre-card-terms-and-conditions CHILDREN No child under 5 admitted to venue except where stated at time of booking. All under 16s must be accompanied by an adult and supervised at all times. There must be 1 adult for every 10 children. Children under 18 months shall be admitted free of charge and will only be admitted to shows they may attend (children’s shows and pantomime only). Children (18 months – 15 years incl) require full ticket price if no child concessions available at time of booking.

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EQUAL ACCESS FOR EVERYONE Full details of our Access services are available from atgtickets.com/access along with accessibility information for our venue atgtickets.com/sunderland Register with our free Access Membership Scheme to book accessible seats online, or for telephone bookings please call our dedicated Access Booking Line 0800 912 6971 For our D/deaf and hard of hearing customers our Type Talk number is 18001 0800 912 6971, or contact us online atgtickets.com/access/contact-us These numbers are dedicated to Access bookings only. We offer: Audio Described, Captioned, Relaxed, Signed performances & Touch Tours highlighted on show pages in this brochure and our online calendar. This brochure is available as an accessible download from the venue page on our website, or contact us to request an alternative format.

CONDITIONS OF SALE Our full terms and conditions are available online atgtickets.com/terms-and-conditions INFORMATION ABOUT FEES Up to £1.75 from each ticket sold is used for the upkeep and improvements to your theatre. We spend this wisely to give you the best experience possible, provide equal access for everyone and offer creative learning opportunities in local communities across the UK. Additional fees may also apply where we sell tickets for non-ATG theatres, or for selected big name shows and performances. These additional fees may take the form of a per ticket booking fee and/or a one-off transaction fee. Please check our website for the most up-to-date ticket prices and fees. The information in this brochure is correct at the time of going to press. We reserve the right to make alterations to the published programme of events, their prices, concessions, offers and fees. SUSTAINABILITY We work to continuously improve our environmental performance and find solutions that reduce environmental impact, therefore this brochure is printed on responsibly sourced paper. Please continue to help the environment by recycling or passing onto a friend.

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