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Sunderland Empire

The Empire Theatre in Sunderland is the focal entertainment venue for the North East, designed by local architects William and T.R. Milburn. ADP was commissioned to redevelop the theatre to enable it to stage large scale productions.

Proposals to improve the facilities looked at replacing the heavily raked stage and reducing the understage floor level to achieve a greater story clearance. The proposals also considered extending the depth and area of the orchestra pit, increasing the height of the fly tower and providing a new rigging system. New lighting has been installed and the height above the stage has dramatically improved sight lines from the upper circle and gallery.

The colour scheme of the auditorium has been designed to recreate the ambience of the Empire when the theatre first opened 100 years ago, as well as providing new seating and carpeting. Without these modifications and additions, the theatre would have been unable to accommodate larger touring shows. The Empire is now the only theatre between Manchester and Edinburgh able to house today’s large-scale West End theatrical productions.

DETAILS

CLIENT:

City of Sunderland Council

LOCATION:

Sunderland

STUDIO:

Newcastle

TYPE:

none
Refurbishment
none
Listed

VALUE:

£4.5m

SERVICES:

STATUS:

Complete

AWARDS:

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