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Sunderland Stages

Sunderland Stages celebrates the very best of theatre, dance and spoken word performances and brings them to hidden, found and unexpected venues across Sunderland.

This Autumn 2016, Sunderland Stages will bring performances to a range of venues in the City including The Royalty Theatre, Arts Centre Washington, Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens and Sunderland City Library.

There will also be a special performance in a ‘SeCReT LoCATion’ where audience members will be told where to meet before being escorted to the hidden outdoor performance area.  

For updates and announcement find Sunderland Stages on Facebook @sunderlandstages, follow us on Twitter @sunstages or visit our webpage at If you would like to receive updates about the Sunderland Stages performances e-mail 

Sunderland Stages was supported by Arts Council England.

What's On:

The Six Twenty present...


01 October 2016

POP RECS: Stockton Road, Sunderland
A show for anyone who's ever loved music. 
Theatre meets gig. Fans is an eclectic mix of stories told through raucous live music, stand-up comedy and verbatim theatre. Based on people’s love affair with music, Fans fuses together fan confessions (and some not so true stories) with scripted drama. 

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Zest Theatre present...


05 October 2016

CITYSPACE STUDIO: Sunderland University, Chester Road, Sunderland
Created especially for young people, Thrive delve’s into the lives and minds of three young people as their world gets turned upside down.

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Tom Adams & Laura Mugridge present...


11 October 2016

INDEPENDENT: Holmeside, Sunderland
Take your pick of five mini shows in a comedic and musical portrayal of these books in Bookish.
The Dairy Book of Family Cookery

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Southpaw Dance Company present...


19 October 2016

TOP SECRET LOCATION: Audience members will be told where to meet before being escorted to the hidden outdoor performance area.
Literally setting this top secret location on fire, Faust presents a unique fusion of world-class breaking combined with Lindy Hop, Charleston and swinging big band that taps into the spirit of gangsters, bootleggers, gamblers, flappers and hep cats.

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Turned On Its Head present...


25 October 2016

SUNDERLAND CITY LIBRARY: Meeting Room, Fawcett Street, Sunderland
Roll, squeeze and pop yourself through a new kind of family dance show, set to a 1970s influenced music.

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Arletty Theatre present...

Swan Canaries

04 November 2016

THE ROYALTY THEATRE: 25 The Royalty, Sunderland
It's June 1918 and Polly Barton is starting work at a national shell-filling factory with the heroic ‘Canary Girls’, so called for the TNT that turns their skin yellow.

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Luke Wright present...

What I Learned from Johnny Bevan

18 November 2016

THE THEATRE: Sunderland College – Bede Campus, Durham Road, Sunderland
A funny and poignant poetic monologue about the British relationship between class and politics, told through one extraordinary friendship. 

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Theatre Animotion present...

Silver Moon

04 December 2016

An enchanting Christmas story for children and families, this snowy masked performance presents the beautiful relationship grandparents have with their grandchildren and how imagination, not toys can forge a friendship.

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