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WINNER! BEST NEW MUSICAL 2011 OLIVIER AWARDS

‘TAKE YOUR KIDS, TAKE YOUR TEENAGE DAUGHTER, TAKE YOUR GRANNY’ BBC RADIO 4

AUTUMN 2011 0844 871 3022 GROUPS 10+ 0844 871 3042 sunderlandempire.org.uk Booking/transaction fees may apply


DIARY JULY

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER

1 July THE RAT PACK VEGAS SPECTACULAR

27 September - 8 October WE WILL ROCK YOU

29 November – 3 December ANNIE

2 July THE DRIFTERS

12 - 15 October BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET PRESENTS LA FILLE MAL GARDÉE

6 – 31 December LEGALLY BLONDE

6 July REMEMBER WHEN 9 July KATHLEEN DAVIS PRESENTS DOIN’ OUR THING 11 - 16 July THRILLER LIVE

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22 - 23 July CENTRE STAGE PRESENTS DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

AUGUST

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SEPTEMBER 9 September MURIEL HARRISON PRESENTS CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF DANCE 10 September KEN DODD

20 September HALFWAY TO PARADISE 21 September ED BYRNE 22 September BACK TO BROADWAY 23 September VAMPIRES ROCK

LEGALLY BLONDE TUE 6 - SAT 31 DEC

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AMBASSADOR THEATRE GROUP (ATG) is the largest theatre operator in the world combining its international stature with core local values. As a successful and respected theatre provider, ATG has years of experience helping millions of customers enjoy the very best theatre and live entertainment - and now it’s your turn to be part of it. Image from the cast of Legally Blonde

18 – 22 October ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HEAVEN

OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 24 October – 5 November GREASE 6 November JIMMY CARR

JANUARY 6 January THE ELO EXPERIENCE 14 January BACK FOR GOOD 17 – 21 January DREAMBOATS AND PETTICOATS

7 November DEREK ACORAH

24 – 28 January SAOS PRESENTS THE SOUND OF MUSIC

8 November ROY CHUBBY BROWN

29 January SLEEPING BEAUTY

10 November SHAMEEM KARIM SCHOOL OF DANCE PRESENTS DON’T STOP DANCING

JANUARY/FEBRUARY

12 November KATHLEEN DAVIS PRESENTS DANCEICLES 15 - 26 November SISTER ACT

31 January – 11 February BLOOD BROTHERS 22 & 23 February SARAH MILLICAN 24 February KINGS OF SWING

27 February SALLY MORGAN 29 February BEYOND THE BARRICADE

MARCH 2 March LA TRAVIATA 3 March MADAMA BUTTERFLY 15 March THE BOOTLEG BEATLES 16 March DAVE SPIKEY 26 – 31 March CHICAGO

APRIL 16 - 21 April SPAMALOT

MAY 1 May – 12 May SOUTH PACIFIC

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2012 18 Sep - 6 Oct DIRTY DANCING


CELEBRATING THE UNDISPUTED KING OF POP

HURRY! LAST CHANCE TO BOOK

PAUL WALDEN & DEREK NICOL FOR FLYING MUSIC IN ASSOCIATION WITH ADRIAN GRANT FOR KEY CONCERTS PRESENT

THE RAT PACK

THE DRIFTERS

REMEMBER WHEN

VEGAS SPECTACULAR

SAT 2 JUL 7.30pm

WED 6 JUL 2.30pm C G

One of the biggest-selling groups ever, The Drifters has featured over 65 vocalists spanning 6 decades. The current line-up pays homage to the group's most prestigious former recording artists, highlighting the numerous musical reincarnations whilst performing new material alongside hits including Under the Boardwalk, Save The Last Dance, Up On The Roof and many more. www.theofficialdrifters.com

Come and enjoy a trip down memory lane with a new production featuring magical, musical memories from the 40s to the 70s. Featuring songs by Doris Day, Bing Crosby, Julie Andrews, Max Bygraves, Vera Lynn, Elvis, Cliff and many more including Abba! Join Neil Sands and his fabulous cast of West End performers for a music-filled afternoon and some good old-fashioned fun.

FRI 1 JUL 7.30pm Sensational show with the purveyors of cool delivering the greatest music of the 20th century by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. Featuring all of your favourite Rat Pack hits including Come Fly With Me, Under My Skin, Sway, Mr Bojangles, Lady Is A Tramp, That’s Amore and Mack The Knife. Still the hottest party around! ww.ratpack.biz

CENTRE STAGE PRESENTS

FEATURING THE SONGS OF AND THE

MICHAEL JACKSON 5

FRI 22 & SAT 23 JUL

★★★★

2pm & 7pm C L G F

‘A TOTAL BLAST’

Celebrate the start of the summer with a burst of theatrical magic! Experience the enchantment as Belle journeys to the Beast’s castle and meets a host of colourful characters who invite you to Be Our Guest live on stage.

Thriller Live is a spectacular concert created to celebrate the career of the world’s greatest entertainer. Moonwalking its way around the world, award-winning director Gary Lloyd’s Thriller Live brings to life the sensational dancing and distinctive sound of Michael and the Jackson 5.

This spectacular smash-hit musical is based on the Oscarwinning movie and includes all of the popular songs from the film.

In a career spanning 40 years, Michael Jackson sold an unparalleled 750 million records worldwide, with the Thriller album still the world’s best-selling recording of all time. His music continues to sell in its millions, winning new fans young and old alike.

A lavish production featuring breathtaking performances, stunning visual effects and extraordinary sets and costumes. The perfect family show. Bring someone you love to experience the enchantment of an unforgettable performance!

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WHAT'S ON STAGE

Thriller Live includes over two hours of non-stop hit songs, in a show that pays homage to the world-class spectacle of Jackson’s legendary live performances. Expect your favourite Jackson songs delivered by an exceptionally talented cast and live band, including the smash hits I Want You Back, ABC, Can You Feel It, Off The Wall, The Way You Make Me Feel, Smooth Criminal, Beat It, Billie Jean, Dirty Diana, They Don’t Care About Us and Thriller, plus many more!

MON 11 - SAT 16 JUL Mon - Thu eves 7.30pm Fri 5pm & 8.30pm Sat 4pm & 8pm LIVECARD 2 for 1 opening night or £5 off† SCHOOLS £12.50, plus 1 teacher free with every 10 pupils† C L G E Details page 34

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JOIN US AT FAT SAM’S AND YOU’LL BE FEELING FINE! SUNDERLAND EMPIRE STAGE EXPERIENCE PRESENTS

‘YOU HAVE TO GIVE IT TO THIS YEAR’S CAST – THEY DID DICKENS PROUD’ SUNDERLAND ECHO Review for Oliver! Stage Experience 2010

‘EXTREMELY SLICK’ SUNDERLAND ECHO Review for Boogie Nights Stage Experience 2009

‘OUTSTANDING' Why not make your visit to the theatre an even better one by getting it together with a group and making the most of our fabulous Group Bookings service? Did you know, when booking 10 or more tickets you can receive the following benefits without deposit: + Advanced notification and priority booking + Generous savings per ticket + No booking fees + Pre ordering of programmes and ice creams + Confirmation invoices to help you keep track + Up to eight weeks to pay

For advice on booking as a group or to get those tickets reserved, call the Group Sales Team (weekdays 10am - 6pm) on 0844 871 3042 or email SunderlandGroups@theambassadors.com

A SELECTION OF SAVINGS FOR GROUPS ANNIE 10+ £3/£2 off plus buy 10 get 1 free 20+ £4/£3 off plus buy 10 get 1 free BLOOD BROTHERS 10+ £3 off 20+ £5 off

BUGSY MALONE 10+ £4 off

CALENDAR GIRLS 10+ £3 off 20+ £3 off plus buy 20 get 1 free CHICAGO 10+ £5 off 20+ £6 off plus 1 free 50+ £7 off plus 2 free DIRTY DANCING 10+ £5 off 20+ £6 off 50+ £7 off

DISNEY’S BEAUTY 10+ £2 off AND THE BEAST DREAMBOATS AND 10+ £5 off PETTICOATS 20+ £6 plus buy 10 get 1 free

GREASE 10+ £5 off 20+ £6 off plus 1 free 50+ £7 off plus 3 free LA FILLE MAL GARDÉE 10+ £6 off plus buy 10 get 1 free LA TRAVIATA / 10+ £10 off plus buy 10 get 1 free MADAMA BUTTERFLY

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EVENING CHRONICLE

This service is completely free. All you need to do is pick a show, pick up the phone and get booking! What’s more, for as little as £15 per person you can also enjoy; a private bar, drinks on arrival and during the interval, house programmes and a hostess service. If you would like to add in one of our delicious buffets or champagne receptions, then just say the word.

LEGALLY BLONDE 10+ £5 off 20+ £6 off plus buy 10 get 1 free 50+ £7 off plus buy 10 get 1 free OCK ‘N’ ROLL HEAVEN 10+ £5 off R 20+ £6 off SISTER ACT 10+ £5 off 20+ £6 off 50+ £7 off

SLEEPING BEAUTY 10+ £10 off plus buy 10 get 1 free

SOUTH PACIFIC 10+ £5 off 20+ £6 off 50+ £7 off SPAMALOT 10+ Early booking offer £10 off if purchased by 1 Sep 10+ £5 off THRILLER LIVE 10+ £5 off 20+ £7.50 off plus buy 10 get 1 free WE WILL ROCK YOU 10+ £5 off 20+ £6 off plus buy 20 get 1 free 50+ £7 off plus 3 free Shows with buy 10 tickets get 1 free: Back for Good, Beyond the Barricade, Danceicles, Dave Spikey, Halfway to Paradise, Remember When, The ELO Experience, Sally Morgan, Vampires Rock

PLEASE NOTE: Concessions apply to certain prices and performances only.

Review for West Side Story Stage Experience 2008

Set in 1929 New York – a war rages between two rival gangsters, Fat Sam and Dandy Dan. Dan has the new and dreaded ‘splurge gun’ and as custard pies fly, Bugsy Malone, an all round nice guy falls for Blousey Brown, a new singer at Fat Sam’s speakeasy. His designs on her are disrupted by the seductive songstress Tallulah who wants Bugsy for herself. With twists, turns and splurge fights galore, the plot unfolds and a showdown at Fat Sam’s follows for the grand finale! This fast-moving and undeniably funny show has been specially adapted from Alan Parker’s hugely popular 1976 film and contains fantastic song and dance routines, including the classics So You Wanna Be A Boxer?, My Name Is Tallulah, Fat Sam’s Grand Slam and many more. Bugsy Malone is making a long overdue return to the Sunderland Empire, having not been staged here for over 30 years! This amateur production is performed by local 9 –25 year olds. Libretto by Alan Parker, Words and Music by Paul Williams. This amateur production is by arrangement with Warner/Chappell Music Limited administrated by Boosey & Hawkes

THU 4 - SAT 6 AUG Thu - Sat eves 7.15pm Sat mat 2.30pm LIVECARD 2 for 1 opening night or £2 off † GROUPS £4 off† CONCESSION C £2 off† FAMILY £52 (4 tickets, max 2 adults) C L G F Details page 34

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THE GLOBAL PHENOMENON IS BACK FOR THE VERY LAST TIME!

Calendar

Girls by Tim Firth

LYNDA BELLINGHAM is Miss October

DEBBIE CHAZEN is Miss November

CAMILLA DALLERUP is Miss May

JENNIFER ELLISON is Miss July

JAN HARVEY is Miss February

RULA LENSKA is Miss September Following an award winning West End run and a sell out, record breaking week in Sunderland Calendar Girls is coming back one last time as part of its final ever tour. A group of ordinary women do something extraordinary and spark a global phenomenon when they persuade one another to pose for a charity calendar with a difference! Based on an inspiring true story, Calendar Girls is quirky, poignant and hilarious. Last time, Calendar Girls sold out at Sunderland Empire, so don’t miss out and book today for the show the Mail on Sunday called, ‘MARVELLOUS THEATRE, GUARANTEED TO MAKE YOU LAUGH, CRY AND COME OUT SINGING JERUSALEM!’

‘A SHOW I COULD SEE OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND I HOPE I WILL!’ SIR CLIFF RICHARD

JUNE WATSON is Miss January

RUTH MADOC is Miss March with

BRUNO LANGLEY as the photograper and

JOE MCGANN as John

MON 12 - SAT 17 SEP Mon - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm LIVECARD £5 off opening night L G Details page 34

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ONE DREAM, ONE VISION, ONE SMASH HIT RETURNS TO SUNDERLAND FOLLOWING A SELL-OUT RUN IN 2009 Phil McIntyre Entertainment, Queen Theatrical Productions and Tribeca Theatrical Productions present

MOST POPULAR SHOW 2011!

‘COME AGAIN – DON’T STOP ME NOW’ EVENING CHRONICLE

‘A QUEEN SONG-FEST’ THE INDEPENDENT

‘A NEW BREED OF MUSICAL - IT’S BRILLIANT’ BBC NEWSNIGHT

The worldwide smash-hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton comes to Sunderland for two weeks only! Since 2002 over 11 million theatregoers in 17 countries have been thrilled to see this awe-inspiring production. With 24 of Queen’s biggest hits delivered in a show that boasts the scale and spectacle that marked the band’s legendary live performances, this theatrical phenomenon is not to be missed! When it became news some years back that one of Britain’s most phenomenally successful comedy writers, Ben Elton, was teaming up with legends of rock, Queen, for a musical, we all wondered what such a unique collaboration would turn out. Especially when screen icon Robert de Niro became so impressed after attending the original workshop that his company, Tribeca, came on board. The result was a new chapter in theatre history - We Will Rock You a rock ‘theatrical’ which defied all comparisons and has gone on to become a global smash hit.

TIME MAGAZINE

TUE 27 SEP - SAT 8 OCT Mon - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm LIVECARD 2 for 1 opening night or £5/£3 off†

Starring Jenny Douglas BBC’s Over the Rainbow finalist, Leon Lopez Brookside/West End star, Ian Reddington EastEnders/ Coronation Street, Ashley J Russell BBC’s I’d Do Anything finalist & Noel Sullivan Hear’say/Grease.

CONCESSION C Best available £17.50†

Includes 24 of Queen’s greatest hits:

C L G E Details page 34

Radio Ga Ga, I Want To Break Free, Somebody To Love, Killer Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody, Don’t Stop Me Now, Under Pressure, Another One Bites The Dust, We Are The Champions, We Will Rock You. 10

‘TOP CAST, STUNNING SETS, ENERGETIC PERFORMANCE. IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY GOT YOUR TICKETS, GET THEM NOW!’

SCHOOLS £13.50†

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BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET MAKE A WELCOME RETURN

C’MON EVERYBODY, YOU’LL BE DANCING IN THE AISLES!

★★★★★

‘REAL STARS! REAL HITS! A SUPERB MIX’

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

★★★★ THE TIMES

BELFAST TELEGRAPH

‘SHEER SUNSHINE’ THE INDEPENDENT

In the summery comedy La Fille mal gardée, join Lise as she thwarts her over-protective mother’s plan to marry her off to the dopey son of a rich vineyard owner, instead of the man she loves. A simple, engaging story, some hilarious moments, and beautiful choreography from Frederick Ashton, make La Fille mal gardée one of the most popular comic ballets of all time. Perfect for young and old alike, this is one not to be missed!

‘ASHTON’S MOST POPULAR AND APPEALING WORK’ THE TIMES 12

Photos by Bill Cooper

WED 12 - SAT 15 OCT Wed - Sat eves 7.30pm Thu mat 2pm, Sat mat 2.30pm

This rock ‘n’ roll extravaganza has one helluva line-up! Joining Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley in this heavenly gathering will be Del Shannon, Ricky Nelson, and Eddie Cochran.

LIVE CARD 2 for 1 opening night or £5 off†

A non-stop parade of hits will feature million sellers Runaway, Hats Off To Larry, Swiss Maid, So Long Baby, Keep Searchin’. All time greats Poor Little Fool, It’s Late, Fools Rush In, Hello Mary-Lou, Travelling Man and Garden Party. Rock ‘n’ roll anthems including Three Steps To Heaven, Something Else, Weekend and Come On Everybody. Plus all your favourites from back in the day. The legends live on and will have you dancing in the aisles.

UNDER 16s Half price† C L G E Details page 34

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‘TWO HOURS OF ROCK’N’ROLL PARADISE’ THE OBSERVER

TUE 18 – SAT 22 OCT Tue – Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm LIVE CARD Half price opening night or £5 off† SENIORS £18.50 best available† C L G E Details page 34

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‘THE NO.1 GREATEST MUSICAL!!!’ ‘100 GREATEST MUSICALS’, CHANNEL 4

HOPELES SUMMER NIGHTS S DEVOTEDLY THE TO YOU SANDY YOU’RE AT ONE TH T AN GREASED LIGHTNIN ’ IW

GREASE IS THE WORD AND MANY MORE!

The No.1 Greatest Musical, Grease, comes to the Sunderland Empire, from Monday 24 October for 2 weeks only! Danny Bayne (winner of ITV’s Grease Is The Word, Hairspray) returns as Danny with Carina Gillespie (Grease, Buddy) as Sandy. Dust off your leather jackets, pull on your bobby-socks and take a trip to a simpler time as ‘bad boy’ Danny and ‘the girl next door’ Sandy fall in love all over again. It’s the original High School musical, featuring all the unforgettable songs from the hit movie including You’re The One That I Want, Grease Is The Word, Summer Nights, Hopelessly Devoted To You, Sandy, Greased Lightnin’ and many more.

LIVECARD 2 for 1 opening night or £6 off†

So throw your mittens around your kittens and Hand Jive the night away with the show that’ll make you want to stand up and shout, ‘A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop, A-wop-bam-boom!’

UNDER 16s Up to 2 children half price with every full paying adult†

‘IT’S ELECTRIFYING - GO, GO, GO!’

C L G E Details page 34

NEIL SEAN, SKY NEWS

0844 871 3022*

‘GREASE IS STILL THE WORD’ SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

www.greasethemusical.co.uk

MON 24 OCT – SAT 5 NOV Mon - Thu eves 7.30pm Fri 5.30pm & 8.30pm Sat 5pm & 8.30pm

Photographs of West End company and of Danny Bayne and Carina Gillespie by Paul Coltas

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A SU T N -2 D 3 AY O C T! M

‘A HABIT-FORMING TRIUMPH!’ EVENING STANDARD

DIRECT FROM THE WEST END! WHOOPI GOLDBERG &

STAGE ENTERTAINMENT PRESENT

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From producers Whoopi Goldberg and Stage Entertainment (Hairspray, High School Musical), the five times Tony® -nominated West End and Broadway hit Sister Act is coming to the Sunderland Empire! When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put into protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be found - a convent! Disguised as a nun she quickly finds fans amongst her fellow ‘sisters’ but makes the wrong impression on the convent’s strict Mother Superior. But when she turns her attention to the church’s off-key choir, helping the nuns to find their true voices and breathing new life into the rundown neighbourhood, her cover could be blown for good. With the gang giving chase, is time running out for Deloris? Or have they underestimated the power of her new found Sisterhood? Based on the smash hit movie of the same name, this fabulous, family-friendly, feel-good show is packed with songs inspired by Motown, funk, soul and disco. More than a million people saw Sister Act at the London Palladium and now, as the habit hits the road in this multi-million pound production, you too can see why musical audiences fell in love with the funniest and funkiest nun on the run, and her heavenly sequinned sisters! www.SisterActTheMusical.com

Images from the original West End production, photography Catherine Ashmore

‘GLORIOUS FUN!’ DAILY TELEGRAPH

TUE 15 - SAT 26 NOV Tue - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm Sun 3pm CAPTIONED PERF Fri 25 Nov 7.30pm LIVECARD 2 for 1 opening night or £6 off † SCHOOLS £16 plus 1 teacher free with every 10 pupils† C L G E Details page 34

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CREATIVE LEARNING AT THE SUNDERLAND EMPIRE

The Sunderland Empire Creative Learning department provides activities, events and projects based on and inspired by the shows on stage. The aim is to always meaningfully involve and engage the local community. Bespoke workshops and events can be developed to meet your requirements. Please contact us with any suggestions or requests.

SHOW-RELATED ACTIVITIES PRE-SHOW FUN ANNIE On Friday 2 December, be sure to come to the theatre in time to enjoy the fun activities prior to the show. Have your face painted and try out craft activities. Available from 6.45pm until the show begins! WORKSHOPS LEGALLY BLONDE - THE MUSICAL We are offering free Legally Blonde workshops for group bookings of 10 or more! There are a variety of workshops available, from all-singing, all-dancing musical theatre sessions to workshops based on issues raised in the show. Book now for your free workshop.

RESOURCE PACKS Education Resource Packs are available for many of the productions. Please contact us for further information.

ACCESS ALL AREAS! Find out more about your favourite theatre with a backstage tour. Learn about the history of this 18 16

THE MUCH-LOVED MUSICAL RETURNS TO SUNDERLAND

beautiful Edwardian theatre, how it is managed and even see the auditorium as the stars do - from the stage! Tours are available for groups of 10 to 30 people and are charged at £3 per person. 'Thank you for a fantastic visit! The children loved it. The day was great; very relevant, engaging and exciting! The session gave the children many opportunities to explore, question and even perform. A wonderful visit!' Miss Robson, Reception Teacher, Barnes Infant School Please note: We regret that due to the large number of stairs, tours are not suitable for wheelchair users or those with walking difficulties.

‘ONE OF THE MOST ENCHANTING MUSICALS I HAVE EVER SEEN’

THEATRE EXPERIENCE The Creative Learning department has developed a brand new, two hour theatre workshop that's perfect for school, youth and drama groups. The new interactive Theatre Experience includes a full theatre tour including backstage and onstage access and is followed by a one hour drama session, culminating in a performance based on the early history of the Sunderland Empire. Theatre Experience sessions are available for groups of 10 to 30 people and are charged at £5 per person. 'It was amazing to see all of the children fully engaged in an activity that they would have found very difficult to do in school. Fantastic!' Mrs Monk, Year 4/5 Teacher, Shiney Row Primary School

CONTACT For further information about any Creative Learning activity, please contact us on 0191 5661056 or email sunderlandeducation@theambassadors.com

Starring

SUNDAY TIMES

SU POLLARD DAVID MCALISTER One of the most successful musicals of all time! This endearing tale of little orphan Annie is back, giving a whole new generation the chance to experience this enchanting musical about never giving up hope. Annie is a gutsy 11 year old orphan who, being left on the doorsteps of a New York City orphanage, run by the cruel and crooked Miss Hannigan, is determined to find her real parents. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils the evil plans of dastardly Miss Hannigan and her devious brother, Rooster. Winner of 9 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and also boasting one of Broadway’s most memorable scores, including It’s a Hard-Knock Life, Easy Street, N.Y.C. and the everoptimistic Tomorrow, Annie is a delightful theatrical experience for the entire family. It’s no wonder that this heart-warming show has become a contemporary classic.

TUE 29 NOV - SAT 3 DEC Tue - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm LIVECARD 2 for 1 opening night or £5 off † UNDER 16s £10 off† C L G Details page 34

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WINNER! BEST NEW MUSICAL 20 11 OLIVIER AWARDS

★★★★

★★★★

‘HYSTERICALLY FUNNY’

‘SMART, SASSY, SPECTACULAR’ THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

THE MAIL ON SUNDAY

‘SIMPLY BLOWS OTHER MUSICALS OUT OF THE WATER. SENSATIONAL’ THE SUN

‘TAKE YOUR KIDS, TAKE YOUR TEENAGE DAUGHTER, TAKE YOUR GRANNY’ BBC RADIO 4

For the first time ever, the West End & Broadway sensation, 2011 Olivier Award winner (Best New Musical) and winner of Best New Musical Whatsonstage.com Awards, Legally Blonde The Musical comes to Sunderland. Based on the hit movie starring Reese Witherspoon, this critically acclaimed new musical is created by a top-of-their-class creative team, led by Tony Award-winning director and Olivier Award-nominated choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray). College sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods doesn’t take no for an answer. So when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her for someone serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and heads for Harvard Law School. Legally Blonde The Musical will take you from the social whirl of California Campus life to Harvard’s Halls of Justice with the brightest new heroine (and of course, her Chihuahua, Bruiser). This all singing, all dancing, feel-good musical comedy will be the highlight of your year and the most fashionable ticket in town. The verdict? This much fun shouldn’t be legal!

‘PERFECTION’ THE INDEPENDENT

★★★★★ TIME OUT

CHRISTMAS PERF SCHEDULE TUE 6 - SAT 31 DEC  Tue 6 Dec 7.30pm  Wed 7 Dec 2.30pm & 7.30pm  Thu 8 Dec 7.30pm  Fri 9 Dec 7.30pm Sat 10 Dec 2.30pm & 7.30pm  Mon 12 Dec 7.30pm  Tue 13 Dec 7.30pm  Wed 14 Dec 2.30pm & 7.30pm  Thu 15 Dec 7.30pm  Fri 16 Dec 7.30pm Sat 17 Dec 2.30pm & 7.30pm  Mon 19 Dec 7.30pm  Tue 20 Dec 7.30pm  Wed 21 Dec 2.30pm & 7.30pm  Thu 22 Dec 7.30pm  Fri 23 Dec 7.30pm Sat 24 Dec 2.30pm Mon 26 Dec 3pm Tue 27 Dec 2.30pm & 7.30pm Wed 28 Dec 7.30pm Thu 29 Dec 2.30pm & 7.30pm Fri 30 Dec 7.30pm Sat 31 Dec 2.30pm CAPTIONED PERF Fri 9 Dec 7.30pm

 KIDS GO HALF PRICE with every full paying adult LIVECARD 2 for 1 first two nights or £6 off† C L G F E Details page 34 No concessions on Sat and perfs from 26 Dec

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Original poster concept designed by Aka. Photo Uli Webber.

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RETURNING DUE TO UNPRECEDENTED DEMAND

THE SMASH HIT WEST END MUSICAL RETURNS

BILL KENWRIGHT PRESENTS

‘A TRIUMPHANT EVENING UNMISSABLE AND UNBEATABLE’ THE SPECTATOR

‘DEVASTATING. A MASTERPIECE. IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN IT, GO. IF YOU HAVE, GO AGAIN’ NEWS OF THE WORLD

‘BRINGS THE AUDIENCE CHEERING TO ITS FEET AND ROARING ITS APPROVAL’ DAILY MAIL

BILL KENWRIGHT and LAURIE MANSFIELD in association with UNIVERSAL MUSIC present

‘EXHILARATING. ONE OF THE BEST MUSICALS EVER WRITTEN’

‘I LOVED EVERY MOMENT’

SUNDAY TIMES

DAILY TELEGRAPH

‘A GREAT ROCKIN’ EVENING’ Re-live the greatest time of your life again as the rockin’ rollin’ smash hit West End musical, inspired by the million-selling albums Dreamboats and Petticoats One, Two and Three comes to Sunderland as part of a major UK tour. In 1961, emotions run high as talented young musicians Norman and Bobby compete to win the hearts of their adoring female fans and, more importantly, the gorgeous Sue. But when Bobby discovers that shy Laura is no slouch on the piano, love and rock ‘n’ roll fame beckons. Featuring the hit songs Let’s Dance, To Know Him Is To Love Him, Shaking All Over, In Dreams, Bobby’s Girl, Three Steps To Heaven, Little Town Flirt, Only Sixteen, Runaround Sue, Happy Birthday Sweet 16, What A Wonderful World, Let’s Twist Again, Teenager In Love, At The Hop, The Wanderer and many more hits from music’s golden era! 22

DAILY EXPRESS TUE 17 - SAT 21 JAN Tue - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm LIVECARD Half price opening night of £5 off† SENIORS Best available £18.50† C L G E Details page 34

0844 871 3022* GROUPS 10+ 0844 871 3042 sunderlandempire.org.uk* *Booking fees apply †Restrictions apply

Written by Willy Russell, the legendary Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with tragic consequences. The superb score includes Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True.

TUE 31 JAN – SAT 11 FEB Mon - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed, Thu (2 Feb only) & Sat mats 2.30pm LIVECARD 2 for 1 opening night or £5 off † CONCESSION C £5 off†

Few musicals have received quite such acclaim as the multi award-winning Blood Brothers and this production, having recently celebrated its 23rd phenomenal year in London, continues to enjoy standing ovations at every devastating performance. No wonder Blood Brothers is now...

STUDENTS £12 on the day after 12 noon

‘THE MUSICAL OF THE DECADE’

GROUPS 10+ 0844 871 3042 sunderlandempire.org.uk*

INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE

C L G E Details page 34

0844 871 3022* *Booking fees apply †Restrictions apply

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ELLEN KENT RETURNS WITH THE INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED UKRAINIAN NATIONAL OPERA OF KHARKIV

THE SEXY, SASSY, WEST END SMASH HIT RETURNS

DEREK BLOCK & BLACKBURN INTERNATIONAL PROUDLY PRESENT TWO ELLEN KENT PRODUCTIONS WITH HANDPICKED SOLOISTS, HIGHLY- PRAISED CHORUS AND FULL ORCHESTRA

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

Starring the American-Korean soprano Rosa Lee Thomas and the Korean soprano Elena Dee*.

The love story that gripped Paris. A tragic tale of searing passion and memorable music, La Traviata is Verdi’s outstanding interpretation of one of the most popular love stories of the 19th century, La Dame aux camélias. Based on a true story, it tells of the passionate consumptive Violetta. There are many echoes of Verdi’s own life in La Traviata as he threw himself into the music. The highlights include The Brindisi, the best known drinking song in opera, the duet Un Di Felice and Violetta’s haunting aria Addio Del Passato.

‘UPLIFTING, CHARMING, HEROIC AND FINALLY TEAR -JERKING’ LIVERPOOL ECHO

Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

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Back by overwhelming public demand, this award-winning opera returns with exquisite sets including a spectacular Japanese garden and fabulous costumes including antique wedding kimonos from Japan.

EARLY BOOKING OFFER £5 OFF†

One of the world’s most popular operas, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly tells the heart-breaking story of a beautiful young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant – with dramatic results. Highlights include the melodic Humming Chorus, the moving aria One Fine Day and the unforgettable Love Duet.

If purchased by 1 Sep

‘THIS IS A BUTTERFLY TO CHERISH’ MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

FRI 2 MAR 7.30pm

SAT 3 MAR 7.30pm

LIVECARD £10 off

LIVECARD £10 off

BOOK FOR BOTH AND SAVE 10% C L G E F Details page 34

Sung in Italian with English surtitles. *Cast subject to change.

BOOK FOR BOTH AND SAVE 10% C L G E F Details page 34 †Restrictions apply

‘STILL THE SEXIEST MOST SENSATIONAL MUSICAL’ SUNDAY EXPRESS 'MURDER, GREED, CORRUPTION, EXPLOITATION, ADULTERY AND TREACHERY - ALL THOSE THINGS WE HOLD NEAR AND DEAR TO OUR HEARTS'. So begins the international award winning musical, Chicago. Based on real life events back in the roaring 1920s, nightclub singer Roxie Hart shoots her lover and along with Cell Block rival, double-murderess Velma Kelly, they fight to keep from death row with the help of smooth-talking lawyer, Billy Flynn. Created by the musical theatre talents of John Kander, Fred Ebb and legendary choreographer Bob Fosse, Chicago’s sexy, sassy score includes All That Jazz and Razzle Dazzle. With 6 Tony, 2 Olivier, 1 Grammy, 2 Bafta and 6 Academy Awards, Chicago truly is 'THE SHARPEST, SLICKEST SHOW ON THE BLOCK' THE TIMES A nightclub singer, a double-murderess, a smooth-talking lawyer and a cell block of sin: it would be a crime to miss it.

MON 26 – SAT 31 MAR Mon - Thu eves 7.30pm Fri 5pm & 8.30pm Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm LIVE CARD Half price opening night or £5 off† SENIORS Best available £20† C L G E Details page 34

0844 871 3022* GROUPS 10+ 0844 871 3042 sunderlandempire.org.uk* *Booking fees apply †Restrictions apply

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THE INTERNATIONAL SMASH HIT MUSICAL COMEDY

THE SMASH HIT BROADWAY SHOW DIRECT FROM LONDON’S BARBICAN

WINNER OF 7 TONY AWARDS! NEW YORK’S LINCOLN CENTER THEATER PRODUCTION OF

RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S

‘RAPTUROUS & REVELATORY!’ NEW YORK TIMES

‘THE BEST RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN IN A GENERATION’ WASHINGTON POST

AS MANY TICKETS WERE SOLDALOT AND MANY FOLKS DID LAUGHALOT THIS THEATRE DID THINKALOT AND HENCEFORTH BROUGHT BACK SPAMALOT

NOW SEEN BY OVER ½ MILLION ACROSS THE UK! Audiences all around the world have been roaring with laughter since Monty Python’s Spamalot, by Eric Idle and John Du Prez, won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2005. Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and dcancelle the Knights of the Round Table and features a bevy( health +) safety (or possibly a brace) of beautiful show girls, witch burnings not to mention cows, killer rabbits and French people. The show features the hilarious songs He Is Not Dead Yet, Knights Of The Round Table, Find Your Grail and of course the Nation’s Favourite Comedy Song ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE Todd Carty aka Tucker, expert ice-skater and EastEnders stalwart stars as Patsy.

‘I FELT I MIGHT ACTUALLY DIE OF LAUGHTER’ THE INDEPENDENT

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‘LAUGHALOT’ THE TIMES

‘GLORIOUS, IRRESISTIBLE SILLINESS’ THE SUNDAY TIMES

MON 16 – SAT 21 APR Mon - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm EARLY BOOKING OFFER £10 off if purchased by 1 Sep† LIVECARD Half price opening night & Wed mat or £5 off†

This breathtaking and lavish Lincoln Center Theater production reinvented Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical. It swept the 2008 Tony Awards, played for two years to sold-out houses on Broadway and was televised across America. With a cast and live orchestra of 50, the unforgettable score includes Some Enchanted Evening, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair and There is Nothin’ Like a Dame. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to witness one of the greatest musicals of all time, as the critics agree, ‘THIS IS A SHOW YOU WILL REMEMBER FOREVER.’

‘THIS IS RAVISHING, BREATHTAKING THEATER’ VARIETY Supported by

Photo of Paulo Szot and Samantha Womack (Original London cast) ©Lucy Williams. Original Broadway production photography Joan Marcus.

TUE 1 – SAT 12 MAY Mon - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm LIVECARD Half price opening night or £5 off† SENIORS £25 Best available†

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0844 871 3022*

0844 871 3022*

GROUPS 10+ 0844 871 3042 sunderlandempire.org.uk*

GROUPS 10+ 0844 871 3042 sunderlandempire.org.uk*

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*Booking fees apply †Restrictions apply

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‘ENERGETIC, BRILLIANTLY STAGED’

★ ★ ★ ★ THE TIMES

COMEDY, DANCE AND TRIBUTES

LIVE STAND

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COMEDY

EVERY 2ND TUESDAY EACH MONTH 8pm SEASON TICKET JUST £15 This intimate night of comedy held in our Melvyn P. James Suite has had Sunderland laughing for months and promises to continue well into the summer. In addition to our brilliant headliners, you’re also guaranteed a laugh with an MC and support too! All this for just £7.50 with drinks promotions available.

‘THE BIGGEST LIVE THEATRE SENSATION OF ALL TIME’ THE OBSERVER

Full details of line ups can be found on our website. Line ups may change.

★★★★

‘SPECTACULAR’ FINANCIAL TIMES

★★★★

‘SEXY, SENSUOUS, RAUNCHY’ ‘A GREAT 60s NIGHT OUT’ THE STAGE

THE INDEPENDENT

Dirty Dancing is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensationally sexy dancing. Seen by millions across the globe this worldwide smash-hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring hit songs, including Hungry Eyes, Hey Baby, Do You Love Me? and the heart-stopping I’ve Had The Time Of My Life! Don’t miss your chance to see the fastest selling show in West End history. www.dirtydancingontour.com 28

TUE 18 SEP – SAT 6 OCT 2012 Mon - Thu eves 7.30pm Fri 5pm & 8.30pm Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm CAPTIONED PERF Contact us for more details LIVECARD 2 for 1 opening night† GROUPS Up to £7 off† C L G Details page 34

0844 871 3022* GROUPS 10+ 0844 871 3042 sunderlandempire.org.uk* *Booking fees apply †Restrictions apply

MURIEL HARRISON

KEN DODD

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF DANCE

HAPPINESS SHOW

HALFWAY TO PARADISE

SAT 10 SEP 7pm

THE BILLY FURY STORY

FRI 9 SEP 7pm Students past and present from across the last five decades celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sunderland’s Muriel Harrison School of Dance. Established in 1961, the school has trained dancers who are now performing in the West End. Join us for a showcase of all styles of dance, from ballet to jazz and tap to lyrical.

Ken Dodd has enjoyed a career spanning over 50 years and his non-stop Happiness Show tour is legendary. Showbiz honours include the Living Legend Award from the British Comedy Society and a Lifetime Achievement Award in the British Comedy Awards. In his home city of Liverpool he’s been voted Greatest Merseysider Of All Time.

TUE 20 SEP 7.30pm C L G Still furiously rockin’ after 15 years, Billy’s band Fury’s Tornadoes (led by the beautiful voice of Colin Gold), replay his timeless hit records live including Last Night Was Made For Love, I Will, Jealousy and Halfway To Paradise. With exclusive footage of Billy – you’ll have a night blessed by heaven! 29


COMEDY, TRIBUTES, CONCERTS AND MEDIUMS

COMEDY, CONCERTS AND BALLET A D TR TE CE EXDA UN O N N A

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BACK TO BROADWAY

VAMPIRES ROCK

CROWD PLEASER

THU 22 SEP 7.30pm C L

FRI 23 SEP 7.30pm C L G

WED 21 SEP 7.30pm Exploring subjects and situations Ed finds frustratingly maddening, Crowd Pleaser is a hilarious insight into Ed’s life. Continuing in his quest to become a grumpy old man, whether he is talking about his cat, cake, religion or potential fatherhood, Ed is always certain to deliver the laughs.

With fantastic renditions of the world’s favourite musicals, including songs from Miss Saigon, Beauty and the Beast, Blood Brothers, Phantom, Grease, Chicago, Les Misérables and many more, Back to Broadway will take your breath away with the very best musical theatre. Featuring some of the UK’s finest vocalists straight from the West End, this is the best show of its kind.

Steve Steinman plays the supremely evil Baron Von Rockula, owner of the Live and Let Die club, and he's in search of a new bride. Along with Steve, a full cast of superb singers, dancers and a formidable band blast their way through some of the greatest rock anthems including We Will Rock You, Bat Out of Hell, Sweet Child Of Mine and I Love Rock 'n' Roll. A classic rock spectacular!

THE ELO EXPERIENCE FRI 6 JAN 7.30pm C L G 30 years on, the music of Jeff Lynne and the Electric Light Orchestra is still played on radio stations around the world. This greatest hits tour, featuring tribute act The ELO Experience, is currently wowing audiences up and down the country, bringing ELO's most popular songs back to the stage. Not to be missed!

BACK FOR GOOD

SARAH MILLICAN

SAT 14 JAN 7.30pm C L G

THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLICAN

The boys are back and reunited with ‘Robbie’, a finalist in BBC’s The One & Only! Recreating the magic of Take That live in concert, you’ll be left with little doubt that you are watching the greatest boy band of all time. From Rule The World, Greatest Day, Angels and Rock DJ to Patience and Said It All, you’ll no doubt Pray that the boys are truly Back For Good!

www.elotribute.com

RAYMOND GUBBAY PRESENTS

WED 22 & THU 23 FEB 8pm After selling out all 120 dates on her debut tour, Sarah Millican is back on the road with a new show. Ever wondered how to make a home-made treadmill? The practicalities of an orgy? Or what to do when you don't like parties but do like party food? Wonder no more. If your glass is half full, she’ll top it up. Recommended Age 16+

SLEEPING BEAUTY SUN 29 JAN 2.30pm & 7.30pm C L G E EARLY BOOKING OFFER: £5 off if purchased by 30 Nov

JIMMY CARR

DEREK ACORAH

ROY CHUBBY BROWN

LAUGHTER THERAPY

MON 7 NOV 7.30pm

TUE 8 NOV 7.30pm C L

With countless hours of spirit contact, one-to-one readings, numerous TV appearances and twenty years of live stage shows, Derek Acorah is unquestionably a respected spirit medium. Derek’s readings have brought comfort and understanding to many thousands and with Sam, his spirit guide, at his side Derek Acorah’s True Vision tour will continue to bring help to many more.

Get ready for a barn-storming night of jokes, banter and hilarious mickey-taking from Britain’s most outrageous comedian bar none. Laugh 'til it hurts as Chubby rips into his live audience with a non-stop battering ram of side-splitting comedy guaranteed! If easily offended please stay away. Recommended Age 16+

SUN 6 NOV 8pm Following his sell-out visit in February, Jimmy returns with Laughter Therapy, an evening of non-stop jokes, gags and banter. If you've got a sick sense of humour then maybe laughter is the best medicine. Not to be taken if you have a sensitive disposition or an overactive moral compass. Recommended Age 16+

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Every child’s favourite fairytale, and one for young and old alike, this classic ballet is the timeless story of love and innocence, mystery and magic set to Tchaikovsky’s sublime score. Stunning choreography, sumptuous costumes and wonderful sets form the fantasy world in which the Lilac Fairy struggles against the evil Carabosse as Aurora finds her prince. Performed by The Russian State Ballet & Orchestra of Siberia. ‘TRULY SUBLIME’ WOKING NEWS

KINGS OF SWING FRI 24 FEB 7.30pm C L The Kings of Swing is a live concert featuring the Kings of Swing Orchestra and some of the best swing vocalists currently performing throughout Europe today. Celebrating the greatest hits of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, Nat King Cole plus more recent artists such as Michael Bublé, Paolo Nutini, Brian Setzer and many more!

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A MASSIVE THANK YOU TO OUR STAGE EXPERIENCE PARTNERS

We've had Wearside covered since 1873. The Sunderland Echo is proud to support Sunderland Empire's 2011 Stage Experience Bugsy Malone.

SALLY MORGAN MON 27 FEB 7.30pm G

Sun FM is proud to support Sunderland Empire's 2011 Stage Experience Bugsy Malone. We're also proud to have more listeners than any other station in Sunderland, thank you for making us your number one. Tune in to Simon Grundy in the Morning, the most listened to breakfast show in the area, every weekday from 6am for the very latest local news, traffic and travel, gossip and chances to win.

Sally Morgan returns fresh from her TV series! Sally has used her gift over the years to help many people including the late Princess Diana. Her reputation has been built from her close relationship with many high-profile celebrities. She brings her abilities and tremendous personality to the stage with a unique, entertaining, enlightening theatrical experience. www.sallymorgan.tv

BEYOND THE BARRICADE

THE BOOTLEG BEATLES

WED 29 FEB 7.30pm C L G

THU 15 MAR 8pm

Back by overwhelming public demand, the most successful and popular touring show of its kind returns. Recreating original West End and Broadway musical hits with amazing authenticity, this production will include songs from Miss Saigon, The Lion King, Phantom Of The Opera, Mamma Mia, Blood Brothers, The Jersey Boys and Les Misérables!

Re-live the sights and sounds of the 60s as the world’s premier Beatle band returns with their spectacular, two hour multi-media stage production featuring all the classic hits. Using footage from the period and with a little help from their regular brass and string ensemble, they trace the history of the Fab Four from Liverpool's Cavern Club to The Apple Rooftop.

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VISIT US ON DAVE SPIKEY FRI 16 MAR 7.30pm C L G

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Dave examines situations in life where words really don’t come easy. These include: parents explaining the facts of life, newspaper stories, adolescent chat-up lines, police speak and song lyrics, from the lazy and surreal to the ridiculous. Throw in a Champion The Wonder Horse singalong and you have all the ingredients for a rich comedy casserole - a sort of Lexicon-Carne!

LOCAL PRODUCTIONS SAT 9 JUL 7.15pm C L DOIN’ OUR THING – KATHLEEN DAVIS PRODUCTIONS

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THU 10 NOV 7.15pm SHAMEEM KARIM SCHOOL OF DANCE - DON’T STOP DANCING SAT 12 NOV 7.15pm C L G DANCEICLES - KATHLEEN DAVIS PRODUCTIONS TUE 24 - SAT 28 JAN SAOS PRESENTS THE SOUND OF MUSIC

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Seniors / Children / Students / Reg. Unemployed LiveCard holders Groups of 10 or more (check page 16 for discounts) Schools Family offers vary per show. Please contact the Box Office.

Concessions may be restricted to certain price levels and performances and can be changed or withdrawn by management without notice. Only one concession can be applied at any one time and proof of status is required. RESTORATION FUND All ticket prices (excluding schools) have a £1 restoration levy applied. The restoration fund has enabled the theatre to maintain its splendour throughout. Re-carpeting within the Stalls auditorium and Foyer has been completed, while new doors have been installed at our Foyer entrance and the bar refurbished, making

ACCESS FOR ALL Level access, lift, wheelchair spaces as well as a Sennheiser infra red system are available. Open captioned and audio described performances are occasionally scheduled. Guide dogs are welcome. If you have specific access requirements please call our dedicated Equal Access booking line on 0191 566 1045 (Mon-Fri, 10am - 6pm) or email sunderlandeducation@ theambassadors.com. is also available by calling 0844 277 9856 (24 hours). FRONT OF HOUSE OPENING TIMES & LATECOMERS RULE We’re open 45 minutes prior to performance. Latecomers may not be admitted to the show until a suitable break in the performance and in some instances, not until the interval. The management reserve the right to refuse admission. CONDITIONS OF SALE Tickets cannot be exchanged or money refunded. AUTOMATED RUNNING TIMES Call 0191 566 1077 FINDING US & PARKING

By Train Most train routes to Sunderland are via Newcastle Central and can be reached within just 20 minutes by National Rail and regular Metro services.

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The information in this brochure was correct at time of going to press. We reserve the right to make alterations to the published programme of events and their prices and concessions.

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Calendar Girls Mon – Thu eves & mats £27.50 £25.50 £21.50 £17.50 £12.50 Fri & Sat eves £29.50 £27.50 £23.50 £19.50 £13.50 Chicago Mon – Thu eves £32.50 £29.50 £25.50 £20.50 £16.50 Fri early £29.50 £26.50 £22.50 £17.50 £13.50 Fri eve & Sat perfs £35 £32 £28 £23 £18 Danceicles

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Dave Spikey

All tickets £18.50

Derek Acorah

All tickets £20.50

Dirty Dancing Mon – Thu eves & Fri early £44.50 £35.50 £30.50 £19.50 Fri late & Sat perfs £48.50 £45 £38.50 £22.50 Disney's Beauty and the Beast Doin Our Thing

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Dreamboats and Petticoats Tue – Fri eves & Sat mat £26.50 £22.50 £20.50 £17.50 Wed mat £24.50 £22.50 £17.50 £15.50 Sat eve £29.50 £26.50 £23.50 £19.50

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Spamalot Mon to Thu eves & Sat mat £32.50 £28.50 £23.50 £18.50 £15.50 Wed mat £27.50 £24.50 £19.50 £16.50 £12.50 Fri & Sat eves £34.50 £32.50 £26.50 £21.50 £17.50

£37.50 £32.50 £39.50

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The ELO Experience The Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular

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Vampires Rock

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Thriller Live Fri early £24.50 £21.50 £18.50 £15.50 Mon - Thu eve & Sat early £27.50 £24.50 £21.50 £18.50 Fri & Sat eve £30.50 £27.50 £24.50 £21.50 £75 £75

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Kings of Swing £22.50 £20.50 La Fille mal gardée £25.50 £19.50 £34

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Laughter Live

Legally Blonde Wed mats until 21 Dec £29.50 £19.50 £16.50 Mon – Fri eves until 23 Dec £37 £29.50 £22.50 £17.50 Peak performances: Sat perfs & all shows from 26 Dec £39.50 £32.50 £25 £19.50

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Muriel Harrison Remember When

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Halfway to Paradise

La Traviata & Madama Butterfly

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The Drifters

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Grease Mon - Thu £33.50 £30.50 £27.50 £24.50 £20.50 Fri early £30.50 £27.50 £24.50 £21.50 £18.50 Fri eve & Sat perfs £36 £33 £30 £27 £24

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Sister Act Tue - Thu £40.50 £37.50 £30.50 £23.50 £18.50 Fri - Sun £43.50 £39.50 £32.50 £25.50 £20.50

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Ed Byrne

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The Bootleg Beatles

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PRICE BAND Shameem Karim School of Dance Don’t Stop Dancing

Sleeping Beauty £32.50 £28.50 £24.50 £20.00 -

Blood Brothers Mon – Thu eves & Sat mat £26.50 £23.50 £20.50 £17.50 Wed & Thu mats £24.50 £21.50 £18.50 £15.50 Fri & Sat eves £29.50 £26.50 £22.50 £19.50 Bugsy Malone

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Back to Broadway Beyond the Barricade

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Back for Good

Parking Enter SR1 3PZ for nearest parking at The Bridges Shopping Centre multi-storey which is a short walk to the theatre.

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Annie Tue – Thu eves & Sat mat £25.50 £21.50 £17.50 £14.50 Wed mat £21.50 £18.50 £14.50 £11.50 Fri & Sat eves £26.50 £22.50 £19.50 £16.50

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All tickets £21

SAOS presents The Sound of Music

Please contact the Box Office

Sally Morgan

All tickets £24

Sarah Millican

All tickets £21

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AMBASSADOR THEATRE GROUP Sunderland Empire is operated by the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), who have a total of 39 venues across the UK, including 12 in the West End, and 27 regionally. ATG’s impressive portfolio of West End theatres includes Apollo Victoria, Comedy, Donmar Warehouse, Duke of York’s, Fortune, Lyceum, Phoenix, Piccadilly, Playhouse, Savoy, Trafalgar Studio 1 and Trafalgar Studio 2. ATG’s regional theatres include Aylesbury Waterside Theatre; New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham; Theatre Royal Brighton; Bristol Hippodrome; Churchill Theatre Bromley; Edinburgh Playhouse; Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone; King’s Theatre and Theatre Royal, Glasgow; Grimsby Auditorium; Liverpool Empire; Palace Theatre and Opera House, Manchester; Milton Keynes Theatre; New Theatre, Oxford; Richmond Theatre; Southport Theatre; Regent Theatre and Victoria Hall, Stoke-on-Trent; Sunderland Empire; Princess Theatre, Torquay; New Wimbledon Theatre and New Wimbledon Studio; The Ambassadors Woking encompassing the New Victoria and Rhoda McGaw Theatres and the awardwinning Ambassador Cinemas; Grand Opera House, York. ATG is also one of the country’s foremost theatre producers, in Britain and internationally. Current and recent ATG co-productions include The Misanthrope starring Damian Lewis and Keira Knightley; Legally Blonde, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard, Spamalot and South Pacific.

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ONE ELLE OF A PARTY THIS CHRISTMAS

OMG YOU GUYS! We’re offering a fantastic range of groups packages for Legally Blonde so you can enjoy the show in true Elle Woods style!

HOSPITALITY PACKAGES

THE PERFECT GIRLS NIGHT OUT!

CHILDREN’S PARTIES

Pre-order your pink champagne and scrumptious canapés, we’ll add a hostess service with a touch of ‘bend and snap’ and there you have it - one Elle of a girls night out!

It couldn’t be easier to organise a party for your child this Christmas. With two exciting themes, Christmas or Princess Elle, we can tailor your party to meet your needs. With food, music, goody bags and a visit from a very special mystery guest – it’s the ultimate Christmas treat!

Looking for something extra special? Whether it’s entertaining your clients, organising a works Christmas do, or simply making your visit to the theatre with family and friends even more sensational, a different kind of Christmas party awaits. Our well equipped function room provides the perfect platform for your night, with a range of hospitality packages which can be personalised especially for you.

Buffet prices start from just £7 for kids parties and £8.50 for adult hospitality. Prices stated are per person and exclude ticket price. Terms and conditions apply. For more information on how to create that extra special experience, please contact sunderlandgroups@theambassadors.com

Sunderland Empire Autumn 2011  

Sunderland Empire Autumn 2011

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