The Lion King roars into Sunderland Empire

Written by on 30th March 2023

The Lion King has returned to Sunderland’s Empire Theatre for the first time since its record breaking run in 2014.

The world-wide phenomenon is set to run for a total of seven weeks, with the first show set to be March 16, and the last running on May 6.

Marie Nixon, Theatre Director at Sunderland Empire, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming the incredible Disney theatrical phenomenon, The Lion King, back to Sunderland for a huge seven week run from next March. The show first visited Sunderland Empire in 2014 with a record-breaking run for our theatre – with audiences from far and wide rushing to the venue and selling out every show.

“Eight years on, it’s a privilege once again to have the opportunity to welcome tens of thousands of people from across the region and beyond to see this world-leading production. The Sunderland Empire is the only theatre in the North East to host this spectacular show with tickets in high demand. We strongly recommend booking as early as possible to secure your place.”

It was originally created in 1997, following the vast success of the film adaption. Since it’s original production, 25 others have been created in seven different languages across the world, with 16million people seeing the show in London alone.

The Lion King is an extremely captivating production. Using award-winning costume’s, and set designs to bring you right into the plains of Africa, you will feel a part of ‘the circle of life’.


The show has left audiences in Sunderland astonished so far.

Erin Brown, 20, said: ‘The Lion King was an amazing show at the Sunderland Empire.

“One of my favourite parts of the show was the characters that came down into the stalls of the audience which made you feel very involved in the show and story.

“I would definitely recommend others going to see the show, a fabulous watch, along with the beauty and comfort of the Sunderland Empire.”

Ticket information can be found here.

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