New season at Sunderland Empire set to be SIZZLING!

Sunderland Empire has raised the curtain on the all new What’s On Guide for August – November 2019 and it’s looking hot, hot, hot, this is one heatwave you don’t want to miss!

There’s still time to snap up tickets to Grease the Musical with Peter Andre this month (30 July – 3 August) so get ready for a summer of explosive loving as the musical returns, grittier and more glamorous than ever before.

The worldwide sensation and outrageous musical comedy, The Book of Mormon is on its way and promises to be the hottest ticket in the city this summer! Due to popular demand, more tickets have just been released for Broadway’s smash-hit musical written by Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez. The Tony®, Olivier® and Grammy® award-winning show, which begins performances at Sunderland Empire on Wednesday 28 August, has now extended booking through to Saturday 14 September 2019.

The Book of Mormon follows a pair of Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place that’s a long way from their home in Salt Lake City. Since making its world premiere in March 2011 at New York’s Eugene O’Neill Theatre, where it won nine Tony® Awards, including Best Musical, The Book of Mormon has been performed on three continents and won over thirty international awards. The musical has smashed long-standing box office records in New York, London, Melbourne, Sydney and cities across the U.S.

Rhythm is in the air when Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s smash hit musical, On Your Feet hits the stage (30 September – 5 October) with the inspiring true love story of Emilio and Gloria, charting their journey to international superstardom. This exhilarating musical features some of the most iconic pops songs of the era, including Rhythm Is Gonna Get You, Conga, Get On Your Feet, Don’t Want To Lose You Now and 1-2-3. Directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), with choreography by Olivier Award-winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and book by Academy Award® winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman).

You can bet your bottom dollar that you’ll love the ‘glorious revival’ of Annie, direct from the West End. This smash-hit production stars Birds of a Feather’s Lesley Joseph as the tyrannical Miss Hannigan! With unforgettable songs such as It’s The Hard-Knock Life, Easy Street, I Don’t Need Anything But You and Tomorrow.

Move to the beat and experience the sensational West End hit, Motown the Musical (15 – 26 October) featuring over 50 classic hits including ‘My Girl’, ‘What’s Going On’, ‘Dancing in the Street’, ‘I heard it through the Grapevine’, and ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.  Motown the Musical tells the thrilling tale of the man who broke barriers, fought against the odds to create something more than a record label. Discover the story behind Motown, the personal relationships, the professional struggles, and – of course – the music that made history, defined the sound of a generation and got the whole world moving to the same beat.

Alexandra Burke is set to make a triumphant return in The Bodyguard (12-23 November). The breathtakingly romantic thriller, features a host of irresistible classics including Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, Run to You, I Have Nothing, Greatest Love Of All, Million Dollar Bill, I Wanna Dance With Somebody and one of the greatest hit songs of all time – I Will Always Love You.

Be sure to tumble outta’ bed and catch Dolly Parton’s rip-roaring production, 9 to 5 the Musical starring Amber Davies. The smash hit musical tells the story of three workmates pushed to boiling point by their sexist and egotistical boss. Concocting a plan to kidnap and turn the tables on their despicable supervisor, will the women manage to reform their office – or will events unravel when the CEO pays an unexpected visit?

The gritty and gripping production of Blood Brothers returns (3-7 December). 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 fateful consequences.

These spectacular productions are all complemented by a host of top notch one night only shows and experiences including Gin Tasting with Poetic License Distillery (10 August), a motivational journey of self-help and self-discovery with Ant Middleton – Mind Over Muscle (20 September), Sunderland Legends – In conversation with Niall Quinn and Peter Reid (28 November) and the John Williams Gala – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (6 March).

The countdown to pantomime season has officially begun! I’m A Celebrity and Gogglebox star, Scarlett Moffatt will be setting up camp in Sunderland in Cinderella. Joining Scarlett will be the undisputed Queen of North East comedy Miss Rory (aka Dan Cunningham) as the feisty Rorina Hardup (we’ll make sure she minds her Ps and Qs), alongside Duncan Burt as her equally ugly sister Ruby. Also, starring are Nick Jnr’s Gemma Naylor (Go! Go! Go!) as Cinderella, ITV’s Superstars finalist Jon Moses as the Prince and the hilarious Tom Whalley as Buttons.

Looking ahead to 2020, tickets are now on sale for Curtains (21 – 25 January), the hilarious whodunit starring Jason Manford, the show-stopping production of Cabaret (28 January – Sat 1 February) with John Partridge and The Sound of Music (11-15 February). Opera returns in 2020 with Ellen Kent presenting, La Bohème and Madama Butterfly, sumptuous ballet returns as Birmingham Royal Ballet presents Swan Lake, all topped off by Beautiful – The Carole King Musical and Riverdance – The New 25th Anniversary Show.