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2016/17 Season News

Firstly, an apology for being so late in getting new season news out to people – our voluntary staff have had much more to do over the summer than usual, which has prevented our marketing efforts from happening as early as we’d like.  Our website is currenbtly being revamped for the new season, and brochures will be on their way soon.  But for those of you who can’t wait, our season is as follows:

The Ghost Train (19th to 24th September)
The Machine Gunners (24th to 29th October)
Aladdin (8th to 18th December)
The Judas Kiss (6th to 11th February)
The Odd Couple (20th to 25th March)
The Pitmen Painters (15th to 20th May)
Oliver Twist (19th to 24th June)

Tickets are available online and by phone via the usual methods.  If you’d like a membership form, please use the contact form to request one from our chairman.  If you’d prefer to buy your tickets in person, we have a box office facility open on the following days, from 11.30 to 1.30:

10th September
1st October
15th October
22nd October
5th November
19th November
3rd December

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Cancelled – The Pitmen Painters at the Royalty Theatre

The Royalty Theatre regretfully announces that next week’s production of The Pitmen Painters has had to be cancelled.

An issue with the fabric of the building in the auditorium has led to a decision by the theatre’s committee to cancel the show as a precautionary measure.

Refunds will of course be provided for ticket holders.  Those who have booked by card through Ticketsource should automatically receive refunds in the next few days, although a £1 handling fee will be retained by Ticketsource.  Those who have paid in cash can receive refunds in person from our box office, which will be open from Monday 20th to Saturday 25th June from 7pm to 7.30pm.  Customers who have received Monday night tickets through charities should contact the charity involved, who will have been notified by our Ticket Manager.

In addition, as a gesture of goodwill to our customers, the theatre is offering anybody holding tickets for The Pitmen Painters a two-for-one deal on on-the-door tickets for a play of their choice in our forthcoming season, details of which we expect to finalise shortly.  We are hoping to be able to include The Pitmen Painters in the season, subject to performance rights being available.

A decision such as this cannot of course be taken lightly, and we apologise for any inconvenience this may have to our customers and ask that they are understanding of our duty to ensure the safety of our customers.

Any questions can be directed to our Chair, John Appleton, via the contact form on our website.

Thanks and apologies,

John Appleton, Chairman.


Welcome to The Royalty Theatre, one of the region’s oldest amateur theatre groups, where we have been entertaining Sunderland for the over 90 years.

We pride ourselves on producing high-quality, professional standard theatre.  Our regular season of 6 plays plus a family pantomime, offers something for everyone to enjoy for less than the price of a cinema ticket.

We are always looking to welcome new people to join our teams of actors, directors, technicians and front of house staff, please come along on a Friday evening if you are interested in being involved.

Season membership is now available, please download and print an application form and return to the theatre along with your membership fee, prices from £20. See tickets for further information.

Have a look inside our theatre!


We are please to announce that  we will be able to offer an occasional box office service on certain days, for those who would prefer to book in person.  Dates and time are as follows:

Saturday 9th April 11.30am – 1.30pm
Saturday 23rd April 11.30am – 1.30pm
Saturday 7th May 11.30am – 1.30pm
Saturday 14th May 11.30am – 1.30pm
Saturday 11th June 11.30am – 1.30pm
Saturday 18th June 11.30am – 1.30pm

Booking fees will not apply to ticket bought in person.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Awarded to us on October 31st!  Below is the cast of Mary Shelley, with the Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, the Mayor of Sunderland, and Chair John Appleton holding the award.

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Please use the contact form below for any enquiries, whether they be about joining us, hiring the theatre, feedback on shows or anything else.  Please note that we are not usually able to respond to enquiries straight away, but you should receive a response in due course.


All are welcome – no preparation or experience required.  Please arrive a little earlier than the times given if possible, to allow us to take some details and begin promptly.

The Ghost Train: Friday 8th July, 7.30pm – Director Billy Towers opens the season with this comedy by Dad’s Army star Arnold Ridley. Performances 19th to 24th September 2016.

The Machine Gunners: Wednesday 10th August, 7.30pm – The children’s classic, to be directed by Anna Snell.  Role requirements TBC.  Performances 24th to 29th October 2016.

Aladdin: Friday 9th September, 7.30pm – Directed by Helen Bowie, our annual family panto.  As per usual, lots of roles large and small to fill.  Performances 8th to 18 December 2016 (matinées Saturdays and Sundays; no performances Sunday or Monday evenings)

The Judas Kiss: Tuesday 22nd November, 7.30pm – David Hare’s account of Oscar Wilde’s downfall, directed by John Appleton.  Six males of various ages, and one female (18-25) required.  For some of the male roles, an ability to speak Italian (as scripted) in a convincing accent would be useful.  Performances 6th to 11th February 2017.


Had an amazing time tonight at Born in the Dark, wonderfully original script written by Lee Stewart with a very strong cast! Olivia Bowern, Lee Stewart, Lorna Breeze and Thomas Potts did an amazing job! Brilliant mix of comedy and emotion, thoroughly enjoyable show! Massive congratulations to everyone involved!!!

Vanessa Bowern

We are members of the Royalty Theatre, and thoroughly enjoyed this production ………Acting…SET (Brilliant as usual especially for this stage)…sound and visual effects….Wow!!! There have been so many good productions ….but there are still some empty seats waiting to be filled……Thanks to all concerned for the hard work and dedication……..!!!

Pauline McNay

Was a real good laugh tonight at A Bolt from the Blue! Funny. I may possibly need a heart transplant… #‎bigloudbang‬

Denise Sparrowhawk