WINTER 2012/ SPRING 2013
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WINTER 2012/ SPRING 2013
0844 871 3022* www.atgtickets.com/ sunderland*
COMING TO SUNDERLAND MON 8 - SAT 13 APR
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DIARY WINTER 2012 / SPRING 2013 NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 13 - 24 November STARLIGHT EXPRESS 27 November SHAMEEM KARIM SCHOOL OF DANCE - DANCE ‘TIL DAWN 30 November SAOS - WINTER WARMERS 1 December MURIEL HARRISON SCHOOL OF DANCE MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE 13 December - 6 January PETER PAN PP
JANUARY 2013 9 January CAROLINE OLIVER SCHOOL OF DANCE
26 February THE WORX! DEBUT 27 February THE HAIRY BIKERS
MARCH 2 March KATHLEEN DAVIS A DANCE IN TIME 4 - 9 March HAIRSPRAY 10 March THE CITY SINGS DISNEY 11 March THE BOOTLEG BEATLES 14 - 16 March BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET ALADDIN
12 January THE ELO EXPERIENCE
18 - 20 March THE BLUES BROTHERS... APPROVED PP
21 January CIRCUS OF HORRORS
22 - 24 March SLEEPING BEAUTY ON ICE
23 January THE MOSCOW STATE CIRCUS
27 March MOTHER AFRICA
5 - 9 February GOODNIGHT MISTER TOM PP
8 - 13 April PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT PP
18 - 23 February THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW PP 25 February BEYOND THE BARRICADE
A BRAND NEW PRODUCTION FOR 2012 COMING SOON
BILL KENWRIGHT BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT WITH THE REALLY USEFUL GROUP PRESENTS
6 - 11 May THRILLER LIVE PP
ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’S ‘DAZZLING’ MUSICAL
28 May - 8 June CATS PP
14 June RAINY DAYS & MONDAYS 5 July THE DREAMBOYS 5 & 6 November ELLEN KENT AND OPERA AND BALLET INTERNATIONAL LA BOHÈME / AIDA PP 8 & 9 November JASON MANFORD 30 April - 17 May 2014 THE WAR HORSE
‘AN EVENING OF FIRST CLASS ENTERTAINMENT’
16 - 20 April JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT PP
22 April THERE’LL ALWAYS BE AN ENGLAND
PRICE PROMISE Many shows are priced from just £10, with great value seats available throughout the auditorium. Shows included are marked as PP above. Speak to a sales advisor to find the right seat at the right price. Subject to availability. 2
23 April SALLY MORGAN 24 & 25 April ELLEN KENT AND OPERA AND BALLET INTERNATIONAL TOSCA / CARMEN PP 27 April THE MAGIC OF MOTOWN 29 April - 4 May DERREN BROWN JASON DONAVAN STARS IN PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT MON 8 - SAT 13 APRIL
TUE 13 - SAT 24 NOV Mon - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed, Sat & Thu 15 mats 2.30pm Bill Kenwright presents one of the best loved and longest running musicals in theatrical history, as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sensational Starlight Express explodes back onto the stage with a new production for 2012, destined to take the UK by electrifying storm. Light years ahead of the rest, this futuristic tale about love and hope in the face of adversity promises to take you on the ride of a lifetime - with two hours of speed, spectacle, energy and turbo charged excitement, combined with an electrifying sound track, dazzling sets and costumes, some of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most memorable musical hits and extraordinary roller-choreography by TV’s favourite dance show judge Arlene Phillips.
TICKETS £19.50 - £39.50 (Premium seats also available)
ATG THEATRE CARD £5 off Tue 13, Wed 14, Mon 19 & Tue 20† SENIORS £20 Best available midweek mats† C G E Details page 31
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A MAGICAL PANTOMIME AWASH WITH SWASH AND BUCKLE!
In association with
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE DECEMBER 2012
MARTIN DODD FOR UK PRODUCTIONS BY ARRANGEMENT WITH GREAT ORMOND STREET HOSPITAL CHILDREN’S CHARITY AND SAMUEL FRENCH LIMITED PROUDLY PRESENT CBEEBIES FAVOURITE
KATY ASHWORTH AS PETER PAN
CARL KING FROM EMMERDALE
AS CAPTAIN HOOK
ARCHIE FROM CBBC’S THE REVOLTING WORLD OF STANLEY BROWN
SY THOMAS AS SMEE
FEATURING COMEDY ACROBATS
AS THE PIRATE CREW Adapted from the book by J.M. BARRIE Hook your tickets now for the thrilling and fun-packed Christmas pantomime Peter Pan! Fly away on a magical journey to Sunderland’s Neverland with Peter and Wendy. But watch out for the dastardly Captain Hook and his pirates behind you! With spectacular costumes and sets, stunning effects, hilarious jokes, song and dance and lots of audience participation, Peter Pan guarantees fantastic festive fun for everyone ages 3 - 103!
JANUARY 2013 Tue 1 No performances
SPECIAL DISCOUNTS (restrictions apply)
ATG THEATRE CARD HOLDERS Half price tickets 13 & 18 Dec or £5 off on the following performances: 14, 15, 16, 19 & 31 Dec and 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 Jan. (Premium seats and Top 3 prices only)
KATHY BARNES FROM HOLLYOAKS
Adapted from the book by J.M. BARRIE 4
SARAH-JANE BUCKLEY AS MRS DARLING
FAMILY GROUPS 3+ (Must include 1 child per group): £15 tickets on all performances. (Top 2 prices only)
SENIOR CITIZENS £15 tickets on all perfs. (Top 2 prices only)
GROUPS 10+ £15 in stalls and dress circle or £9.50 in upper circle and gallery on performances. SCHOOL GROUPS 10+ £8 plus 1 free with every 10 sold on the following performances: 14, 18, 19 & 21 Dec.
TICKETS £10 - £25 PP (Premium seats also available)
SIGNED PERFORMANCES Wed 19 Dec 1.30pm Fri 21 Dec 7pm (call 0191 5661045) FREE WORKSHOPS See page 31 for details.
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BIG HAIR, BIG HEART, BIG SAVINGS!
BRAND NEW PRODUCTION HAIRSPRAY MON 4 - SAT 9 MAR
★★★★ HIGHLIGHTS FOR GROUP BOOKERS 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
CATS / 10+ £5 off THRILLER LIVE 20+ £6 off plus 1 free 50+ £7 off plus 3 free
‘TUGS AT THE HEART STRINGS’
HAIRSPRAY 10+ £7.50 off if paid by 30 Nov 10+ £5 off 20+ £6 off plus 1 free 50+ £7 off plus 3 free
■ No booking fees ■ Pre ordering of programmes and ice creams
JOSEPH 10+ £6 / £3 off
■ Confirmation invoices to help you keep track
STARLIGHT 10+ £5 off EXPRESS 20+ £6 off 50+ £7 off
■ Up to eight weeks to pay 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. For advice on booking as a group or to get those tickets reserved, call the Group Sales Team (week days 9am - 5pm) on 0844 871 3042 or email SunderlandGroups@theambassadors.com 6
ALADDIN / 10+ £ 6 off plus TOSCA, CARMEN, 1 free with LA BOHÈME, AIDA every 10
GOODNIGHT 10+ £3 off MISTER TOM 20+ £4 off 40+ £5 off
■ Generous savings per ticket
THE TIMES DAILY TELEGRAPH MAIL ON SUNDAY DAILY EXPRESS METRO
HERE IS A SELECTION OF SOME OF THE SAVINGS AVAILABLE TO GROUPS:
ROCKY 6+ £6 off HORROR SHOW 10+ £10 off PETER PAN 10+ £9.50 & £15 PRISCILLA QUEEN 6+ £5 off OF THE DESERT 20+ £6 off plus 1 free 50+ £7 off plus 3 free SLEEPING BEAUTY 10+ £4.50 off ON ICE 20+ £6.50 off plus 1 free with every 20 WAR HORSE 20+ £2.50 off Shows marked with G throughout the brochure also have a groups discount available. PLEASE NOTE Concessions apply to certain prices and performances only
The critically acclaimed Chichester Festival Theatre production of Goodnight Mister Tom comes to Sunderland for one week only. Now a modern classic, Michelle Magorian’s wonderfully uplifting tale is brought gloriously to life in a brand new stage adaptation by David Wood. Set during the dark and dangerous build up to the Second World War, Goodnight Mister Tom follows sad William Beech, who is evacuated to the idyllic English countryside and builds a remarkable and moving friendship with the elderly recluse Tom Oakley. All seems perfect until William is devastatingly summoned by his mother back to London. Winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and commended for the Carnegie Medal, this brand new production marks the 30th Anniversary of the publication of the novel. Now a world-wide literary favourite and BAFTA award-winning TV film (starring John Thaw), Goodnight Mister Tom continues to inspire audiences and bring generations together.
'IT ENDS AS CHILDREN’S THEATRE SHOULD. ADULTS AUDIBLY SNIVELING AND CHILDREN BREATHLESSLY ATTENTIVE’ THE TIMES
TUE 5 - SAT 9 FEB Tue - Sat eves 7pm Wed & Thu mats 1pm Sat mat 2.30pm TICKETS £10 - £19.50 PP (Premium seats also available)
ATG THEATRE CARD £5 off Tue - Thu† FAMILY 4 tickets £45 or £65 (max 2 adults)† C G E Details page 31
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‘STILL THE SEXIEST AND FUNNI EST SHOW IN TOWN’ EVENING STANDARD
BEN FORSTER (Jesus Christ Superstar) as Brad ROXANNE PALLETT (Emmerdale) as Janet RHYDIAN** (X Factor, We Will Rock You) as Rocky PHILIP FRANKS (The Darling Buds of May) as the Narrator OLIVER THORNTON (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) as Frank N Furter
all new 40TH ANNIVERSARY
CHRISTOPHER LUSCOMBE Follow squeaky clean sweethearts Brad (Sunderland’s very own Superstar Ben Forster) and Janet on an adventure they’ll never forget, with the scandalous Frank N Furter, rippling Rocky and vivacious Magenta. Get ready for a night of fun, frolics and frivolity in this thrilling new production of Richard O’Brien’s classic original script! Bursting at the seams with timeless classics, including Sweet Transvestite, Damn It Janet and of course, the pelvic thrusting Time Warp, Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show is a guaranteed non-stop party! Ready to thrill you with its frothy fun and naughty moments, this is the boldest bash of them all, so sharpen those stilettos for the rockiest ride of your life!
DON’T DREAM IT, BE IT!
MON 18 - SAT 23 FEB Mon - Thu eves 8pm Fri & Sat 5.30pm & 8.30pm TICKETS £10 - £29.50 PP (Premium seats also available)
ATG THEATRE CARD Half price opening night† STUDENTS £15 best available Fri 5.30pm† C G Details page 31
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Photo of previous cast performing The Time Warp Finale. **Rhydian will not be performing on Wed 8pm, Thu 8pm, Fri both shows & Sat 5.30pm
‘FEEL GOOD FACTOR OFF THE SCALE!’ GLASGOW HERALD
‘A BIG-HAIRED, BIG-HEARTED SHOW THAT DESERVED ITS BIG APPLAUSE’ SUNDERLAND ECHO
‘THE PERFECT PICK ME UP’ WESTERN MAIL
‘DO WHATEVER YOU HAVE TO TO GET A TICKET UTTERLY UNMISSABLE’ SOUTHERN DAILY ECHO
‘THE ULTIMATE FEEL GOOD SHOW’ THE GUARDIAN
The West End’s favourite musical comedy, Hairspray, is returning to Sunderland for one week only after the sell out visit in 2010! Hairspray tells the story of Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart as she sets out to follow her extraordinary dreams, inspire her mum and win the boy she loves. Stage and screen star Mark Benton (Waterloo Road, Early Doors) will play the larger than life Turnblad family matriarch Edna in the show. Mark will be joined by EastEnders star Lucy Benjamin, who will play the role of scheming TV executive and archetypal ‘showbiz mom’ Velma Von Tussle, X Factor finalist Marcus Collins as Seaweed Stubbs and newcomer Freya Sutton as big-hearted, big-haired teen heroine Tracy Turnblad. Hairspray is the musical with everything - the ultimate feel-good show which has played to sold out houses in London, on Broadway and theatres around the globe. Big Hair, Big Heart, Big Hit - Book Now!
‘THE MOST HAPPY, FUNNY, SUNNY SHOW IN TOWN’ SUNDAY EXPRESS
MON 4 - SAT 9 MAR Mon - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm TICKETS £18.50 - £43.50 (Premium seats also available)
SIGNED PERF Thu 7 Mar 7.30pm ATG THEATRE CARD £10 off opening night or £6 off Tue - Fri† SENIORS £26 best available Wed 2.30pm† C G E Details page 31
Photo of original UK Touring production
BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET RETURNS TO SUNDERLAND
SHAKE YOUR TAILFEATHER ‘ELABORATE AND SPLENDID’ THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
DAN AYKROYD AND JUDITH BELUSHI PRESENT
ACCEPT N IMITATIOO NS !
‘CARL DAVIS’S WORK IS TERRIFIC, TAKING IN ALL THE NUANCES OF THE PLOT’ THE STAGE (ON CYRANO)
‘SUE BLANE’S DESIGNS ARE THROUGHOUT STYLISH AND WITTY’
‘THE ENERGY IS INFECTIOUS, AND FOR LOVERS OF THE BLUES, IS A GREAT PARTY NIGHT OUT’
THE FINANCIAL TIMES (ON SYLVIA)
Music Carl Davis Choreography David Bintley Sets Dick Bird Costumes Sue Blane Lighting Mark Jonathan
A run-in with Palace guards leads young tearaway Aladdin into a whirlwind of adventure and romance, involving unbelievable riches, love at first sight, treachery, and of course a magic lamp, and all that it contains. Duped into helping an evil Maghrib, Aladdin finds himself trapped in a cave for three days and nights, with no light and nothing to eat. But it is only when he attempts to light the old lamp he’s found, that his real adventure begins! With a live orchestra, sumptuous set and costumes, this UK premiere of David Bintley’s magical tale of love, trickery and triumph promises to be a real treat. And if you enjoyed Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Swan Lake you’ll love Aladdin - it’s fun for all the family! 12
Aladdin photograph by Hidemi Seto
THU 14 - SAT 16 MAR Thu & Fri eves 7.30pm Fri mat 2pm, Sat mat 2.30pm TICKETS £11.50 - £25 (Premium seats also available)
ATG THEATRE CARD Half price opening night or £5 off† UNDER 16’s Half price G F E C Details page 31
Attention! Your attention please. The police, theatres and members of the public are hereby warned to be on the look out for two men dressed in black hats, black ties and sunglasses. Otherwise known as The Blues Brothers. Yes folks, they’re back and on a mission! Direct from a residency in Chicago and a national tour of the USA and featuring original members from the many West End runs, this show is armed with a new set, new twists, new moves, new songs and a freshly laundered suit! The boys are joined by the fabulous ‘Bluettes’, three sassy ladies with voices to knock you off your perch and an incredible seven piece band who are the best in Europe. All your favourite songs are here - Everybody, Gimme Some Lovin, Think, Shake a Tailfeather, Sweet Home Chicago, plus loads more. So dust off your pork pie hats, dig out your shades, put on your dancing shoes and prepare to party like never before because The Blues Brothers are back in town for a night of the best songs, music, moves, thrills and spills this side of Chicago. PS. Just don’t tell the police, ok? The Blues Brothers is a registered trademark of Applied Action Research Corp and is used by permission under license from Blues Brothers Approved Ventures LLC. All rights reserved, no reproduction without prior written permission.
‘A HIGHENERGY RACE THROUGH AN ECLECTIC CATALOG OF SOUL AND R & B’ CHICAGO TRIBUNE
MON 18 - WED 20 MAR Mon - Wed eves 7.30pm TICKETS £10 - £25 PP (Premium seats also available)
ATG THEATRE CARD £3 off† C G Details page 31
SPECTACULAR SHOW RETURNS
SPANISH HEAT & ITALIAN PASSION ‘HOT-BLOODED, A JOY’ THE INDEPENDENT ON CARMEN
‘IMPASSIONED AND SULTRY’ THE OBSERVER ON CARMEN
‘BRILLIANTLY SUNG' THE TIMES ON TOSCA (ROYAL ALBERT HALL)
‘AUTHENTIC, TENDER AND PASSIONATE’ DAILY TELEGRAPH ON LA BOHÈME
‘SUPERB’ MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS ON AIDA
‘HOTTEST ACT ON ICE’ The Imperial Ice Stars, the world’s leading performers of theatrical ice dance, are returning to the UK with their stunning production The Sleeping Beauty on Ice. Direct from a world tour of The Nutcracker on Ice, The Imperial Ice Stars last performed in the UK in May 2012 with a sell-out season of Swan Lake on Ice at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Set to the magnificent music of Tchaikovsky, The Sleeping Beauty on Ice tells the classic fairytale love story through sublime world class skating, breathtaking high speed lifts and throws, awe inspiring aerial gymnastics, stilt skating and fire effects all in the intimacy of the theatre stage. The thrilling production features a 26-strong cast of Olympic, World, European and National Championship skaters, with choreography by renowned Russian Olympic coach Tatiana Tarasova and award-winning Tony Mercer, widely regarded as the world’s leading creator of theatre on ice. The Sleeping Beauty on Ice is a spectacular theatrical experience which will thrill and enchant audiences of all ages. 14
SUNDAY EXPRESS FRI 22 - SUN 24 MAR Fri & Sat eves 7.30pm Sat mat 2.30pm Sun 1.30pm & 5pm TICKETS £17.50 - £30 (Premium seats also available)
ATG THEATRE CARD Half price opening night or £5 off† EARLY BOOKING OFFER £10 off if booked and paid by Mon 24 Dec 2012† C G F E Details page 31
BOTH PRODUCTIONS DIRECTED BY ELLEN KENT WITH INTERNATIONAL SOLOISTS AND THE FULL CHISINAU NATIONAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS
PUCCINI TOSCA An explosion of love and treachery. Starring Nabucco the magnificent Golden Eagle Celebrated international soprano Elena Dee stars in this traditional production. Tosca is a heady mixture of true love, torture and treachery set against the beautiful backdrop of Rome. With spectacular sets and costumes, and featuring a boys choir*, this most popular of operas is sure to delight with its tender, moving arias. Sung in Italian with English surtitles
The most seductive opera ever written. Starring international mezzo soprano Nadia Stoianova, Carmen is the story of a bewitching gypsy girl whose tantalising beauty lures a soldier to desertion and ultimately leads to her own murder. This traditionally staged, dazzling new production, set in Seville and reflecting a Goya painting, with fountains, flowers, orange trees and even a rescue donkey, guarantees an evening of passion and romance with unforgettable melodies. Sung in French with English surtitles
*Certain venues only
TOSCA WED 24 APR CARMEN THU 25 APR LA BOHÈME TUE 5 NOV AIDA WED 6 NOV Eves 7.30pm TICKETS £10 - £29.50 PP (Premium seats also available)
ATG THEATRE CARD £10 off top price tickets† G C E F Details page 31
THE WORLDWIDE HIT, DIRECT FROM 2 YEARS IN THE WEST END AND ON BROADWAY
Direct from the West End and starring Jason Donovan, the feel-good international hit sensation Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical is coming to Sunderland for one week only! Winner of 4 WhatsOnStage.com awards, including Best New Musical, and based on the smash-hit movie, Priscilla is the heartwarming, uplifting adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they had ever dreamed of. Jason Donovan stars as Tick, the role he originated in the West End. With a dazzling array of outrageous Olivier and Tony award-winning costumes and a hit parade of dancefloor favourites including It’s Raining Men, I Will Survive, Hot Stuff, Go West, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, and I Love The Nightlife, this wildly fresh and funny musical is a journey to the heart of FABULOUS! Priscilla is
‘HUGELY ENTERTAINING, INSANELY GLITZY’ DAILY TELEGRAPH 16
Photographs of West End companies
MON 8 - SAT 13 APR Mon - Thu eves 7.30pm Fri 5pm & 8.15pm Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm TICKETS £10 - £35 PP (Premium seats also available)
ATG THEATRE CARD Half price opening night of £6 off Tue - Fri† C G Details page 31
BY ARRANGEMENT WITH THE REALLY USEFUL GROUP PRESENTS
‘BRILLIANT. IT EXPLODES LIKE GLITTERING FIREWORKS’SUNDAY TIMES ‘AMAZING ISN’T ADEQUATE ENOUGH A WORD TO DESCRIBE THIS WORK OF GENIUS. KILL FOR A TICKET’ CARDIFF POST
‘A NIGHT TO REMEMBER’ LYRICS BY
ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
‘JOSEPH RETURNS IN ALL ITS GLORY’ DAILY MAIL Having enjoyed sensational reviews, Bill Kenwright’s ‘Amazing’, ‘Superb’, ‘Wonderful’ and ‘Brilliant’ production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling family musical continues to enjoy huge success across the country with standing ovations at every performance. Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Those Canaan Days, Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door To Me.
‘UTTERLY IRRESISTIBLE, GO, GO, GO, JO’
‘A TECHNICOLOR TRIUMPH’
MAIL ON SUNDAY
‘A SUPERB PIECE OF ENTERTAINMENT. I WAS THRILLED’ DAILY MIRROR Joseph bursts on to the stage at the Sunderland Empire so book your tickets now and be part of the magic!
TUE 16 - SAT 20 APR Tue - Thu eves 7.30pm Wed & Thu mats 2.30pm Fri mat 5pm, Sat mats 2pm & 5pm Fri & Sat eves 8pm TICKETS £10 - £29.50 PP (Premium seats also available)
SIGNED PERF Fri 19 Apr 5pm (call 0191 566 1045) ATG THEATRE CARD £5 off Tue & Wed eve† UNDER 16’s £10 off Tue - Thu & Fri 5pm or £5 off † SENIORS £17.50 best available midweek mats or £3 off† G E Details page 31
DIRECT FROM LONDON’S WEST END CELEBRATING THE UNDISPUTED KING OF POP
RETURNING DUE TO PHENOMENAL DEMAND
PAUL WALDEN & DEREK NICOL FOR FLYING MUSIC IN ASSOCIATION WITH ADRIAN GRANT FOR KEY CONCERTS PRESENT
‘YOU CAN’T BEAT IT!’ EVENING STANDARD
FEATURING THE SONGS OF AND THE
MICHAEL JACKSON 5
‘THIS THEATRICAL EXTRAVAGANZA IS A BREATHTAKING CELEBRATION QUITE LITERALLY, THRILLING’ THE STAGE
‘THE HITS JUST KEEP ON COMING’ DAILY TELEGRAPH
‘DAZZLINGLY WELL-DRILLED AND BRILLIANTLY DONE’ MAIL ON SUNDAY
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.
The acknowledged master of psychological illusion will once again mesmerise, shock and entertain the nation. Derren says, ‘I ENJOY THE STAGE SHOWS MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE. LIVE ON STAGE IS THE BEST PLACE FOR WHAT I DO: IT’S UNPREDICTABLE, AND THE AUDIENCE KNOWS THERE IS NO POSSIBILITY OF JUDICIOUS EDITING’. Derren is in a class of his own, exhilarating audiences with his unique brand of entertainment. For the past twelve years he has created TV and stage performances that have stunned audiences, debunked the paranormal, won copious awards and encouraged many to improve and enhance their own mental abilities. Previous TV shows include Mind Control, Trick of the Mind, Trick or Treat, the controversial Russian Roulette, the hugely popular Events, Hero at 30,000 Feet and the more recently The Experiments, which won the 2012 BAFTA award for Best Entertainment Show.
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. 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. MON 29 APR - SAT 4 MAY Mon - Sat eves 8pm TICKETS £36 (Premium seats also available)
0844 871 3022*
Not suitable for under 12 years
★★★★ ‘A TOTAL BLAST. THE STAGING AND
CONSTANT BRILLIANCE OF THE MUSICIANS KEEP US RIVETED. A WONDERFUL SHOW’
*Booking fees apply †Restrictions apply
GROUPS 10+ 0844 871 3042
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!
Photo of previous cast member
‘IMMENSELY ENJOYABLE’ THE INDEPENDENT
MON 6 - SAT 11 MAY Mon - Thu eves 7.30pm Fri 5pm & 8pm Sat 3pm & 7.30pm TICKETS £10 - £32 PP ATG THEATRE CARD Half price opening night or £5 off Tue - Fri † C G F E Details page 31
THE MEMORY RETURNS
NOT TO BE MISSED’ METRO
TUE 28 MAY - SAT 8 JUN Mon - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat plus Thu 30 May mats 2.30pm Don’t miss Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s extraordinary recordbreaking, smash-hit musical as it returns to Sunderland for two weeks only! Adapted from TS Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, this wonderful blend of fantasy, drama and romance is set on the night that the Jellicle Cats meet for the Jellicle Ball in a sparkling fusion of music, dance and verse. With an amazing musical score that includes the timeless Memory, spectacular set designs, stunning costumes and breathtaking choreography, Cats is a magical musical like no other.
‘ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!’ DAILY EXPRESS
One of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, Cats has enchanted audiences in over 300 cities around the world - now you too have the chance to experience this legendary musical phenomenon.
TICKETS £10 - £37.50 PP (Premium seats also available)
SIGNED PERF Thu 30 May 7.30pm (call 0191 566 1045) ATG THEATRE CARD Half price opening night or £6 off Mon - Fri † C G F E Details page 31
TM @ 1981 RUG LTD
‘A LANDMARK THEATRE EVENT’
ONE NIGHT SHOWS
THE ELO EXPERIENCE
SAT 12 JAN 7.30pm TICKETS £19 ATG THEATRE CARD £1 off C 40 years on and the music of Jeff Lynne and the Electric Light Orchestra is still regularly played on radio stations throughout the world. Re-live this fantastic music and take a magical trip down memory lane for 2 hours with The ELO Experience. This show, currently wowing audiences up and down the country, is not to be missed. www.elotribute.com
based on a novel by Michael Morpurgo u adapted by Nick Stafford in association with Handspring Puppet Company
CIRCUS OF HORRORS
‘THE THEATRE EVENT OF THE DECADE’ SUNDAY TIMES
‘A UNIQUELY MOVING SPECTACLE’ DAILY MAIL
MON 21 JAN 7.30pm TICKETS £13 - £26 ATG THEATRE CARD £3 off C EARLY BOOKING OFFER £3 off if booked and paid before 30 Nov 17 years after its conception at the 1995 Glastonbury Festival, the show has gone on to tour the world achieving cult status and dragging circus screaming and shouting into the 21st century and beyond. www.circusofhorrors.co.uk
THE MOSCOW STATE CIRCUS WED 23 JAN 7.30pm TICKETS £15 - £23 (Premium seats also available) ATG THEATRE CARD £3 off C EARLY BOOKING OFFER £3 off if booked and paid before 30 Nov Inspired by the legend of The 12 Chairs, the new and spectacular show Babushkin Sekret takes you on an incredible journey. Combining contemporary and classical circus in a way never before witnessed and featuring some of the world’s greatest circus performers.
BEYOND THE BARRICADE
‘SO EXHILARATING IT MAKES YOU REJOICE TO BE ALIVE’ THE TIMES 24
The most successful and popular touring show of its kind returns with a brand new 2013 production. Recreating original West End/Broadway musical hit songs with amazing authenticity. This production will include songs from Miss Saigon, The Lion King, Phantom Of The Opera and many more, climaxing with a spectacular finale from, of course, Les Misérables!
(Premium seats also available)
THE HAIRY BIKERS LARGER THAN LIVE
UNDER 18’s £5 off Mon - Thu† C G E Details page 31
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WED 27 FEB 7.30pm TICKETS £25 ATG THEATRE CARD £2 off
! RY S T R T S U E A H CK G F TI L I N L
TICKETS £15 - £45
MON 25 FEB 7.30pm TICKETS £11.50 - £20 ATG THEATRE CARD £1.50 off G C
War Horse tells the powerful and uplifting story of young Albert, his beloved horse Joey, and the unimaginable obstacles they overcome both individually and together. At the heart of the show are life-sized puppets which bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage. Filled with stirring music and some of the most innovative stagecraft of our time, War Horse is a remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, and an unforgettable theatrical experience.
WED 30 APR SAT 17 MAY 2014 Mon - Sat eves 7.30pm Thu 1, Wed 7, Wed 14 & Sat mats 2.30pm
It’s over two years since our last tour - a complete sellout and one of the best times of our lives, so we can’t wait to do it again. Bigger, bolder and packed with more food and laughs than ever, we’re not just giving you a show; we’re giving you a real night out.
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BOOK NOW 0844 871 3022 (bkg fee)
ONE NIGHT SHOWS THE BOOTLEG BEATLES IN CONCERT
RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS
MON 11 MAR 8pm TICKETS £27 ATG THEATRE CARD £1.50 off C G
FRI 14 JUN 7.30pm TICKETS £17 - £21 ATG THEATRE CARD £2 off C G EARLY BOOKING OFFER £2 off if booked and paid before 30 Mar
Re-live the sights and sounds of the sixties as the world’s premier Beatles band returns to Sunderland with their spectacular two hour multi-media stage production featuring all the classic Beatles hits. Using film footage of the period and ‘with a little help from’ their regular brass and string ensemble the show traces the history of the Fab Four.
THE DREAMBOYS FIT AND FAMOUS 2013 TOUR
WED 27 MAR 7.30pm TICKETS £16 - £26 (Premium seats also available) ATG THEATRE CARD £5 off C G
FRI 5 JUL 7.30pm TICKETS £23.50 G ATG THEATRE CARD £2.50 off
Circus Mother Africa is an experiential feast for the senses; an opportunity to be touched by the many varied and rich cultures that Africa has to offer. Without a doubt, this unforgettable experience will transport you deep into the mystery of Africa, and reveal a side of Africa that you have never been exposed to before.
After a massive sold out 2012 tour, The Dreamboys are back with a brand new show and tour for 2013. The Dreamboys are without a shadow of a doubt the UK’s top male glamour show. This is one action packed night of music, muscle, magic and mayhem that will leave you breathless, which you simply cannot afford to miss!
THERE’LL ALWAYS BE AN ENGLAND
JASON MANFORD FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS
MON 22 APR 2.30pm TICKETS £11 - £13
FRI 8 & SAT 9 NOV 8pm TICKETS £23.50
ATG THEATRE CARD £1 off C G From the producers of the popular Remember When show, enjoy a wonderful afternoon filled with patriotic music, nostalgia and fun celebrating the very Best of British. Take a trip with Neil Sands and his West End cast down memory lane, to a time when Britannia did rule the Waves and Blue Birds did fly over the White Cliffs of Dover.
Everybody’s favourite northern comedian promises to bring a wealth of comedy anecdotes, comic misunderstandings and audience banter delivered with likeable charm and teasingly intelligent wit. Jason said, ‘I’m excited to be getting back to what I really love the most - stand up!’ ‘CLASSIC, CHIRPY-CHAPPIE STAND-UP’ GUARDIAN
SALLY MORGAN PSYCHIC SALLY ON THE ROAD
TUE 23 APR 7.30pm TICKETS £25 G
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Star of Sky Living’s Psychic Sally On The Road, Britain’s favourite TV psychic, Sally Morgan returns. Often referred to as Psychic to the Stars, she’s built up an extensive client list having read for well known faces like Katie Price, George Michael and the late Princess Diana. This unique experience will leave you feeling uplifted and enlightened, seeing is believing!*
TUE 27 NOV SHAMEEM KARIM SCHOOL OF DANCE DANCE ‘TIL DAWN
THE MAGIC OF MOTOWN
FRI 30 NOV SAOS - WINTER WARMERS SAT 1 DEC MURIEL HARRISON SCHOOL OF DANCE MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE
SAT 27 APR 7.30pm TICKETS £23.50 C G
WED 9 JAN CAROLINE OLIVER SCHOOL OF DANCE
Direct from The States, the UK’s biggest Motown concert tour presents 36 massive hits from The Supremes, Temptations, Four Tops, Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Lionel Richie. An all-new show, all-star cast, that original Detroit sound, stunning costumes, amazing choreography: The Magic of Motown will be getting to you in 2013.
TUE 26 FEB THE WORX! DEBUT
Join us in a celebration of the music of Karen and Richard Carpenter as we tell the story of one of the biggest selling bands of the 70s. With more than two hours of Carpenters classic hits and featuring a full live band and a fantastic video presentation.
*Sally Morgan is investigational/experimental. There are no guaranteed or certain results and the show is for the purpose of entertainment.
SAT 2 MAR KATHLEEN DAVIS - A DANCE IN TIME SUN 10 MAR THE CITY SINGS DISNEY
BOOK NOW 0844 871 3022 (bkg fee)
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Sunderland Empire Creative Learning Department develops activities, events and projects based on and inspired by the shows on stage, with the aim to always meaningfully involve and engage the local community. School activities are designed to complement the National Curriculum. Show related workshops can be held at your own venue on a date and time convenient to you, avoiding transport issues for your group, as well as developing outreach engagement to groups who do not normally have the opportunity to access such projects. The department is sensitive to access issues and aims to develop programmes that are appropriate to a variety of groups.
GOODNIGHT MISTER TOM Particularly rewarding for schools, workshops and carefully crafted education resource packs are available to complement the National Curriculum. A one hour workshop explores the key elements of the play through participatory activities. Teachers are encouraged to contact the Creative Learning Manager to discuss desired learning outcomes.
All show related workshops are free to groups booking 10+ tickets or a fee of £5 per participant applies.
HAIRSPRAY Add to your theatre experience with an all-singing and dancing musical workshop, which explores the show’s key themes. Available for all abilities and tailored to suit your group’s needs - so if you’re a dance group, let’s focus on the moves or if you’re a youth group, we can creatively discuss the issues that affect you.
PETER PAN Exploring the original Peter Pan story, participants will develop their creativity whilst learning new skills, with a one hour
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT An entertaining and colourful workshop to complete your visit to the theatre. An education
shadow puppetry or movement with shadow workshop, which are both engaging and entertaining great for children and adults alike!
resource pack is available, contact the Creative Learning Department for full details.
THEATRE EXPERIENCE BOOK YOUR SESSION NOW! A value for money activity suitable for schools, community and performing arts groups. Our two hour session includes an access all areas tour and a one hour drama workshop, recreating the historic stories behind our beautiful Edwardian theatre. Alternatively, workshops can be tailored to the needs of your group to boost self confidence, interpersonal and social skills, as well as team building.
for students studying at GCSE level and above, who are passionate about gaining experience in a working theatre. Students will experience first hand how a receiving theatre works and spend time working within various departments throughout the venue, whilst allocated tasks which may be developed and delivered! Please apply well in advance of your placement as limited places are available.
TECHNICAL WORK EXPERIENCE
‘We had a wonderful experience and all the students were talking about it on the way back to school. I was really impressed. I would fully advise any school teacher thinking of organising a trip like this to visit the Sunderland Empire.’ Jason Exley, Head of Year 8 Venerable Bede C of E School, Sunderland
Offering a wide spectrum of experience working with our technical team during the run of a West End production. A full schedule will be agreed with the technical team, in order for you to gain the most from your placement. Whether you’re studying technical theatre, considering a career backstage or looking to improve exsisting skills in an amateur setting, this could be perfect for you! Please apply well in advance. Over 18’s only.
A £5 per participant fee applies.
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our backstage tours! Learn about the history of the venue, how it is managed and see the auditorium as the stars do... from the stage! We offer special show tours, giving you the opportunity to see the staging and sets of large scale productions up close and personal! Show tours conclude with tea and coffee around one hour before show time. The following tours are now on sale: Starlight Express Tue 20 Nov, 5pm Goodnight Mister Tom Fri 8 Feb, 4.30pm Hairspray Fri 8 Mar, 5pm Joseph Thu 18 Apr, 5pm Tours are priced £6 pp or £5 pp for groups of 10+. Private non-show tours are available to groups of 10 - 30 and are priced £3pp for schools and youth groups and £5pp for all other groups.
CONTACT For information about anything featured please call 0191 5661056, email sunderlandeducation@ theambassadors.com or visit our website http://creativelearning.atg.co.uk
CHRISTMAS TOURS Following the success of last year’s Christmas tours, we’re delighted to offer two extra special tours this festive season. Lasting approximately 90 minutes, Christmas tours feature a full tour of the building, festive facts about the venue, backstage access and culminate with mulled wine and mince pies! Christmas tours are priced £8pp and are available on the following dates: SAT 15 DEC - 11.30AM WED 19 DEC - 10.30AM Why not complete your tour with a trip to see Peter Pan? Matinee and evening performances are available on both dates. To book a place on any of our tours call 0191 566 1045. Please note places are limited and are sold on first come first served basis. Due to the large number of stairs, tours are not suitable for wheelchair users. If you have any access needs, call 0191 566 1056 to discuss tour opportunities suitable to your needs.
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CONCESSIONS Shows with these symbols have the following concessions available:
FRONT OF HOUSE OPENING TIMES & LATECOMERS RULE Doors open 1 hour prior to performance. Latecomers may not be admitted to the auditorium until a suitable break in the performance and in some instances, not until the interval. The management reserves the right to refuse admission.
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CARD CHARGES & TICKET COLLECTION Transaction and booking fees are applied. Bookings may also additionally carry a credit/ debit card fee. For security, when collecting tickets purchased by card, the card used must be presented on collection from the Box Office.
AUTOMATED RUNNING TIMES 0191 566 1077
Level access, lift, wheelchair spaces and Sennheiser infra red system are available. BSL, open captioned and audio described performances are occasionally scheduled. Guide dogs are welcome. Customers who require additional assistance to attend the theatre can request at the time of booking.
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ATG THEATRE CARD BOOKING LINE 0191 566 1045
GROUP SALES 0844 871 3042 (Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm)
Sat Nav / Online directions Our postcode is SR1 3EX (Enter SR1 3PZ D KR PA R for nearest parking D The Bridges Shopping Rat RE EDE D B E LV R Centre multi-storey which is a short walk ME L O NH toHORthe theatre.) N T
Customer Contact Centre Access Booking Number 0844 871 7677 Text Relay service is available Text Phone users 18001 0844 871 7677 Standard Phone Users 18002 0844 871 7677 For more information on Text Relay, please visit www.textrelay.org
BY POST State the performance and choice of seats, plus your details and a cheque made payable to: The Ambassador Theatre Group Venues with a SAE to our address above. (We’ll try our best to meet your requirements). Please allow 28 days for delivery of tickets.
You can now hear about the comings and goings at the Sunderland Empire via our various online channels
ACCESS If you have specific access requirements, please call our dedicated Equal Access Booking Line on 0191 566 1045 (Mon - Fri 10am - 6pm) or email sunderlandboxoffice@ theambassadors.com. is also available by calling 0844 277 9856 (24 hours).
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CONDITIONS OF SALE Tickets cannot be refunded. Ticket exchanges can only be offered for a per ticket exchange fee. Exchanges will only be accepted for the same production and for the same value or higher, on payment of the difference. All exchange requests are subject to availability and must be received at least 48 hours prior to the original performance date.
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For more information on how we can create that extra special experience, please call our Front of House team on 0191 566 1071
BY TELEPHONE 0844 871 3022 (bkg fee) Mon - Sat 9am - 10pm Sun 10am - 8pm Calls to the Customer Contact Centre are charged at national rate (charges may vary according to service provider). We are unable to accept ticket reservations over the phone or online. IN PERSON Box Office, Sunderland Empire, High Street West, Sunderland, SR1 3EX Mon - Sat 12pm - 6pm. On performance days we close 15 minutes after curtain up (normally 7.45pm). On Sundays and Bank Holidays, we’re open 1hr prior to performance times.
RESTORATION FUND All ticket prices have a £1 restoration levy applied. The restoration fund enables the theatre to maintain its splendour throughout. Work already completed includes: re-carpeting within the stalls and foyer, installation of new doors in the foyer entrance, foyer bar refurbishment and full, ongoing electrical and roofing works.
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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.
So, whether you’re entertaining clients or just enjoying a theatre visit with your friends or family, the Sunderland Empire is committed to enhancing your theatrical experience with a whole host of hospitality packages.
Family offers vary per show. Please contact the Box Office.
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We have a tasty range of buffets available for both adults and children. Please contact us for full details.
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The Sunderland Empire has beautifully decorated and well equipped function rooms to suit every requirement. Supported by a team of dedicated hospitality staff, the Sunderland Empire can now not only deliver the very best in live entertainment, but can also cater for your hospitality needs for groups of 10 or more.
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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. The information in this brochure was correct at time of going to print. We reserve the right to make alterations to the published programme of events, their prices and concessions. Due to the varying nature of our shows, we cannot guarantee an unrestricted view from all seats at all times.
AMBASSADOR THEATRE GROUP Co-founded by Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire in 1992, the Ambassador Theatre Group Ltd (ATG) is the largest owner/operator of theatres in the UK with 39 venues, an internationally recognised theatre producer and a leader in theatre ticketing services through ATG Tickets. ATG’s impressive portfolio of West End theatres includes Apollo Victoria, Donmar Warehouse, Duke of York’s, Fortune, Harold Pinter, Lyceum, Phoenix, Piccadilly, Playhouse, Savoy, Trafalgar Studio 1 and Trafalgar Studio 2. ATG’s regional theatres include The Ambassadors Woking encompassing the New Victoria and Rhoda McGaw Theatres and the award-winning Ambassador Cinemas; 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; Grand Opera House, York. ATG has been behind some of the most successful and innovative productions in Britain and internationally. Current and recent ATG co-productions include South Pacific, All New People, Ghost The Musical, Posh/ Jumpy (Royal Court at the Duke of York’s), 9 to 5 The Musical, Matthew Bourne’s The Nutcracker!, Legally Blonde The Musical, Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Misanthrope, West Side Story, Dandy Dick, Guys and Dolls, Exit the King and The Rocky Horror Show.
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ATG Theatre Card benefits are subject to availability, please check with the venue. Members can purchase up to 4 tickets and drinks with their Card. Additional booking fees may apply on selected music, comedy and named act events. ATG reserves the right to withdraw benefits or related offers and without notice. For full Terms and Conditions please visit our website www.atgtickets.com/theatrecard. † Restrictions apply.