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Welcome to Sunderland Stages new Autumn/Winter season; we are absolutely jam packed full of unforgettable theatre shows and performances at the likes of The Peacock, Pop Recs Ltd, Miss Tina’s, Arts Centre Washington and many other brilliant spaces and places in Sunderland.

Sunderland is a real culturally thriving hot pot with the Sunderland 2021 campaign officially in full flow; it really feels like anything is possible. This season, we mirror that excitement and possibility, showcasing a selection of unmissable shows. Highlights this season include First Person – pop on your head-set, enter a virtual reality world and compete to win, I Hate Alone – an unmissable theatre gig and Disaster party – a show where you, the audience are the actors and play out the story (over some fish and chips!).

Our family programme is also bumper packed this season with an Icelandic magical puppet show Troll as part of TakeOff Festival and our show stopping Canny Carnival for under 5s and families with a cracking festival line-up!

And that is only the beginning…so check out our programme and we look forward to welcoming you to a Sunderland Stages show!

What's On:

Zest Theatre present...

First Person

23 September 2017

Free drop in show at The Bridges Shopping Centre
11.30am, 1.30pm & 3pm
Two players enter the labyrinth of a virtual world and compete for the ultimate prize: happiness. The First Person to complete the game and find happiness is the winner!

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Open Clasp and Live Theatre in association with York Theatre Royal present...

Rattle Snake

04 October 2017

The show that everyone is talking about this season comes to The Royalty Theatre.
A story with no ending; a chance meeting with one man changes the lives of two women forever. Now they both live trying to predict the unpredictable.

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The Toll

12 October 2017

Luke Wright with Rowan McCabe support bring you a night of spoken word performance to Sunderland's newest venue The Peacock. 
Spend an evening with raconteur poet, Luke Wright, at the top of his game in The Toll. This show tours the flat-roofed pubs and half-bought couches of Brexit Britain. It struggles with doubt, duty and a score of half-cut nights spent shouting impotently at Question Time.

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Zest Theatre and Half Moon co-production present...

What Once Was Ours

18 October 2017

An immersive new show for young people about identity and belonging comes to Sunderland College - Bede Campus this season....
Katie and Callum couldn’t be any more distant and disconnected: different heritage, different cities, different opportunities. Except there is one thing they’ll always have in common: Dad. What happens when Callum suddenly turns up in desperate need of help?

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Handbendi Brúðuleikhús. present...


23 October 2017

This magical puppet show for ages 3yrs+ and families comes to Miss Tina's Sunderland at 11am + 2pm
For 17 million years, the trolls have lived peacefully on their quiet island. But now the humans have come. Will these very different beings be able to live together? Told through the eyes of a little girl and her unusual friend in the mountains, Troll reimagines Iceland’s most popular folk tales in this original puppet show.

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Sunderland Stages and Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens present...

Half Term Curiosities Featuring The Crochet Brothers.

25 October 2017

Drop in for a day full of fun activities and curiosities at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens. Keep your eyes peeled and you might just meet ‘The Crochet Brothers’ - L Prang and Boston - with their crochet beards and timeless vintage clothing. Accompanied by live music and their infamous three wheeler trike, they have stories to tell! So come closer, listen in and take a look inside the curiosity machine; you never know what or who you might find.

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Middle Child present...

I Hate Alone

26 October 2017

Think Thelma and Louise turned up to 11, this unmissable theatre gig at The Peacock, tells a story about injustice, revenge and, above all, friendship.

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02 November 2017

by Sian Armstrong
Stupid’s world has been turned upside down. Everything is broken. She has a theory, a theory to fix it – relatively speaking. Come and join her in a quest to find the answers, solve the problems, to look out at the world as it really is – perhaps then we can find some perspective. 

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fanSHEN present...

Disaster Party

08 November 2017

 You are cordially invited to the party of the year, at the exclusive residence (The Peacock in Sunderland) of Texan oil tycoon Dame Esmerelda Malone. Get ready to play as you become the star of this exhilarating experience.

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Sunderland Stages and Arts Centre Washington present...

Canny Carnival; Festival of arts for 5’s and under

11 November 2017

Roll up, roll up and join us for Canny Carnival, a mini festival of theatre, dance, music and art for you and your minis aged 5 and under.
We have a fantastic festival line up;

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Kelly Abbott Dance Theatre present...

Launch Day

15 November 2017

After a sell out show in 2016 at Arts Centre Washington, Launch Day is back at Sunderland College - Bede Campus this season.
In collaboration with visual artist Alexander Millar, Launch Day celebrates the industrial history of our North East shipyard communities. Bringing to life Millar’s iconic paintings of the working man, hard at graft; this quirky dance production re-imagines these iconic characters, the “Gadgies” and showcases the industrial glory, culture, camaraderie and vibrancy of shipbuilding towns.

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Mr Drayton present...

Record Play - Hounds of Love - Kate Bush

23 November 2017

Now in its 6th year, Mr Drayton’s Record Player celebrates classic albums in the way they should be heard: on vinyl, with friends, from start to finish with no interruptions.

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Half Moon with a Wrongsemble Production present...


02 December 2017

Fables and fairytales are brought to life at The National Glass Centre this season.
Three wishes, three witches, three sisters, three pigs, three bears, three musketeers...Three singing actors weave together famous tales, featuring the elusive number three!

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Mr Drayton present...

Singles Club

07 December 2017

Mr Drayton is back for his third outing this season at Pop Recs.
The concept is simple; celebrate Sunderland’s 7” Single Successes across the decades.

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