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Front Street, Consett, Durham, DH8 5AB
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The Animals & Friends Farewell Tour

The Animals were one of the most iconic pop, rhythm and blues bands of the 1960’s. They had over 20 global top ten hits, and remain a seminal rhythm and blues band who still commands great respect.

Featuring two original members, founding member John Steel on drums and Micky Gallagher, who replaced Alan Price in 1965 on keyboards.

They gave us such huge hits such as We Gotta Get Out Of This Place, Don’t Bring Me Down, Baby, Let Me Take You Home, Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”and their multi-million selling anthem…..House Of The Rising Sun.

Now on their farewell tour, hear all the hits and more, with songs from the likes of Ray Charles and John Lee Hooker. A night of nostalgia, great memories and smash hits.

 

Sat 5 Jun

£27.50

Buddy Holly & The Cricketers

Buddy Holly & The Cricketers

Rock'n'rollercoaster of a show featuring all the timeless classics from a band who have been on the tribute trail for over a quarter of a century. Enjoy hits including 'That’ll Be The Day', 'Peggy Sue', 'Heartbeat', 'It Doesn’t Matter Anymore', 'Raining In My Heart' and 'Oh Boy!'.

Fri 23 Oct

Cancelled

Fri 9 Jul

£22 (£20)

The Carpenters Story

The Carpenters Story
  • Directed by: Phil Aldridge

Theatre show telling the tale of the brother/sister duo, featuring all the songs that made The Carpenters a legend in the world of music. Featuring timeless hits from the Carpenters repertoire including 'We’ve Only Just Begun', 'Superstar', 'Top of the World', 'Please Mr Postman' and many more.

Sat 20 Mar

£24.50

Catch Us If You Can

Starring The Revolvers with special guests Jack O’Boyle and Victoria Jones.

Featuring the very best songs from the most creative musical decade of all time – the 60s.  This self-contained multimedia extravaganza catalogues all those memorable moments from an era that changed the face of modern music.

Featuring songs by The Kinks, The Who, The Beach Boys, Lulu, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, Spencer Davis Group. With special tributes paid to The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. Hits include you Really Got Me, My Generation, Good Vibrations, Pretty Woman, Blowin’ In The Wind, Keep On Running, Satisfaction, Shout, Dancing In The Street, and A Hard Days Night to name but a few.

Fri 18 Sep

£22

CBS Theatre Group: Aladdin

Join the local amateur CBS Theatre Group for their annual January pantomime for the whole family.

Mon 11 Jan

£8–£11

Tue 12 Jan

£8–£11

Wed 13 Jan

£8–£11

Thu 14 Jan

£8–£11

Fri 15 Jan

£8–£11

Sat 16 Jan

£8–£11

The Chicago Blues Brothers

The Chicago Blues Brothers

This award winning spectacular is one of Europe’s biggest and best loved productions of the Blues Brothers. The high octane, adrenaline pumping musical mash-up has jump started the legacy of Jake and Elwood for a new generation.

Sat 26 Sep

£25

Come What May

We present to you an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza as you enter the secret world of one of the greatest movie-musicals of all time.

Bursting at the seams with timeless classics including Come What May, Your Song, Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend, Roxanne and Lady Marmalade plus hit songs from The Greatest Showman and other iconic movie musicals.

Travel back in time as the children of the revolution take you on a thrilling non-stop journey into the sexy, disreputable and glamorous underworld of Paris.

It’s a ‘Spectacular, Spectacular’ evening of unforgettable dancing, dreams, adventure and above all – love.

Thu 4 Mar

£25.50

A Country Night in Nashville

A Country Night in Nashville

The ultimate celebration of country music. Featuring the music of Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, Dolly Parton, the Dixie Chicks, Willie Nelson and Little Big Town.

Fri 14 May

£24.50 (£23)

Fairy Tales & Fables

Our popular panto star Leah Bell brings her talented cast back to the Empire for a new family fun show for the Easter holidays!

Once upon a time, Clara Cup-Cake found a dusty old book hidden in the corner of a toy shop and with each turn of the page, the Fairy-Tale characters spring into life causing chaos and excitement. Dick Whittington falls in love with Cinderella, Snow White helps Aladdin, The Ugly Sisters both fight over King Rat and the handsome Prince Charming and Princess Jasmine drive everyone mad with their Tik-Toks!

Fri 9 Apr

£16

Sat 10 Apr

£16

Sun 11 Apr

£16

The Fureys

Legends of Irish music & song The Fureys, renowned for their hit songs ‘I will love you’, ‘When you were sweet 16’, ‘The Green fields of France’, ‘The old man’, ‘Red rose café’, ‘From Clare to here’, ‘Her father didn’t like me anyway’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Steal away’ etc return to the Empire.

The Fureys have been entertaining audiences worldwide for 43 years. The oldest of the brothers, Eddie Furey left home in 1966 and travelled to Scotland at the time of the great folk revival where he shared accommodation with then unknown folk singers Billy Connolly, Gerry Rafferty and Alex Campbell. In 1969 with his brother Finbar, he was the special guest for the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem throughout the USA and Canada. In 1971 he moved to mainland Europe where he toured for seven years. Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics has credited Eddie with teaching him his first chords on guitar when they met up in the North East of England while Dave was still a teenager.

Tue 25 May

£23

Joe McElderry In Concert

Always a favourite at the Empire, Joe returns to Consett with his brand new tour. His cheeky chappie character and 24 carat gold voice is an all-round entertainer thrilling audiences of all ages. Come along and see Joe perform many of the songs that have made him the star that he is today.

Joe recently played the role of Joseph in Joseph and His Technicolour Dreamcoat where he received amazing reviews, and more recently in Club Tropicana where he played the lead Garry.

A night not to be missed.

Sat 2 Oct

£26–£61

The Magic of Motown

The Magic of Motown

Get ready to Reach Out for a brand new show in 2020 with all your favourite Motown songs.

You will be going Loco down in Acapulco, as we take you along memory lane with all the Motown classics from artists such as Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, The Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson and many, many more.

Enjoy favourites including Heard It Through The Grapevine, Mr Postman, My Girl, Stop In The Name of Love, Ain't No Mountain High Enough and more!

This is Motown at its very best; signed sealed and delivered, touring the nation. The show of the year!

This is a tribute show and is no way affiliated with any original artists/estates/management companies or similar shows.

Please note: The promoter reserves the right to alter the programme.

Sat 30 Jan

£25.50

The Magic of the Beatles

The Magic of the Beatles

A recreation of the full Beatles live show, taking you through their different eras from the skiffle-influenced mop top years of 'Love Me Do' and 'She Loves You' to the later psychedelia of songs like 'Strawberry Fields' and the classic rock such as 'Let It Be'.

Sat 12 Jun

£22.50

Milkshake! LIVE: Milkshake Monkey's Musical

Milkshake Monkey can’t wait to put on a spectacular new musical for you all! But when stage fright hits, his favourite Milkshake friends come to help, creating the most dazzling show you have ever seen!

Be part of this fantastic production as you learn the amazing songs and dances with your favourite Milkshake friends, and watch as the music, the lights, the costumes and stage come together. With great Milkshake friends, anything is possible.

Starring Fireman Sam, Noddy, Shimmer and Shine, Digby Dragon, Wissper, Nella the Princess Knight and the Floogals, alongside two Milkshake presenters, this brand-new show has plenty of laughter, audience interaction and great fun to get everyone up on their feet! It’s a family show not to be missed!

Sat 7 Aug

£16

One Night In Dublin

One Night In Dublin

Songs by the Pogues, the Dubliners, the Fureys, the Saw Doctors and others, performed by the Wild Murphys.

Fri 6 Nov

Cancelled

Fri 12 Mar

£23

Russian National Ballet: Sleeping Beauty

Music by Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky

After the sell-out performances of Nutcracker and Swan Lake last year, Russian National Ballet returns to the UK.

Every child’s favourite fairy-tale, Sleeping Beauty is the classic story of love and innocence, mystery and magic set to Tchaikovsky’s sublime score.

Stunning choreography, sumptuous costumes and wonderful sets form the fantasy world in which the Lilac Fairy struggles against the evil Carabosse.

Outline based on the fairy-tale by Charles Perrault, the Sleeping Beauty tells of the Princess Aurora, cursed at her christening by the evil Carabosse to prick her finger one day on a spindle and die.

Thanks to the timely intervention of the Lilac Fairy, she doesn’t die, but sleeps for a hundred years.

Woken by a prince, who has battled through the Enchanted Forest to reach her, they marry at a ceremony attended by nursery rhyme characters like Puss in Boots and all the other forest creatures.

There are no scores more successful in supporting the full range of ballet than those by Tchaikovsky.

Highlights include the Famous ‘Rose Adagio’ when Princess Aurora is introduced to four princes.

A wonderful evening out and memories which you will cherish long after the final curtain falls.

For more information, please go to www.russian-national-ballet.com

Sat 20 Nov

£23 (£21.50)

Russian National Ballet: Swan Lake

Music by Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky

After the sell-out performances of Nutcracker last year, Russian National Ballet returns to the UK with the most famous Ballet of all time. Swan Lake is one of Tchaikovsky’s best works, featuring some of ballet’s most memorable music and breath-taking dance.

Swan Lake is a tale of two young women, Odette and Odilie, who resembles each other so strikingly one can easily be mistaken for the other.

It is the compelling legend of a tragic romance in which a princess, Odette, is turned into a swan by an evil curse. Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful young woman he is instantly captivated – will his love prove strong enough to break the evil spell that she is under?

Swan Lake is full of mystery and romance and has captured the imagination of generations over the years and it continues to attract worldwide audiences, young and old.

A wonderful evening out and memories which you will cherish long after the final curtain falls.

For more information, please go to www.russian-national-ballet.com

Sat 20 Nov

£23 (£21.50)

The Three Degrees

With original members Helen Scott and Valerie Holiday and also starring Freddie Pool.

Originally formed in 1963 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, this talented American female vocal group are known all around the world for their soulful voices, beautiful costumes and fabulous stage shows. A firm favourite with Prince Charles, they even sang at his 30th birthday party and were guests at his wedding to Princess Diana.

Coming direct from the USA, The Three Degrees present a tour packed full of their best-loved hits including ‘When Will I See You Again’, ‘Dirty Ol’ Man’ and ‘Take Good Care Of Yourself.’

Thu 30 Sep

£26

Treasure Island

Our annual smash hit pantomime returns in 2020, celebrating the 10th anniversary of The Empire Theatre’s partnership with Producer and Director Leah Bell.

Join us for the swashbuckling ‘Yo-Ho-Ho’ panto TREASURE ISLAND, packed full of adventure, magic, dazzling costumes, hilarious characters and a modern twist on the traditional story.

10th Anniversary Tickets: All tickets £10 on our opening performance Saturday 28th November 2020.

A relaxed performance is available on Monday 28 December 11.00am.

A BSL performance will be available on Monday 28 December at 3.00pm.

Sat 28 Nov

£11–£18 (£16)

Sun 29 Nov

£11–£18 (£16)

Tue 1 Dec

£11–£18 (£16)

Wed 2 Dec

£11–£18 (£16)

Thu 3 Dec

£11–£18 (£16)

Fri 4 Dec

£11–£18 (£16)

Sat 5 Dec

£11–£18 (£16)

Sun 6 Dec

£11–£18 (£16)

Tue 8 Dec

£11–£18 (£16)

Wed 9 Dec

£11–£18 (£16)

Thu 10 Dec

£11–£18 (£16)

Fri 11 Dec

£11–£18 (£16)

Sat 12 Dec

£11–£18 (£16)

Sun 13 Dec

£11–£18 (£16)

Tue 15 Dec

£11–£18 (£16)

Wed 16 Dec

£11–£18 (£16)

Thu 17 Dec

£11–£18 (£16)

Fri 18 Dec

£11–£18 (£16)

Sat 19 Dec

£11–£18 (£16)

Sun 20 Dec

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Tue 22 Dec

£11–£18 (£16)

Wed 23 Dec

£11–£18 (£16)

Thu 24 Dec

£11–£18 (£16)

Sat 26 Dec

£11–£18 (£16)

Sun 27 Dec

£11–£18 (£16)

Mon 28 Dec

£11–£18 (£16)

Tue 29 Dec

£11–£18 (£16)

Wed 30 Dec

£11–£18 (£16)

Thu 31 Dec

£11–£18 (£16)

Empire Theatre

The Empire Theatre & Cinema is a popular 500 capacity venue in the heart of Consett, screening live theatre shows ranging from comedy and children's plays, to classical ballets and live music.

The cinema now screens the latest blockbusters and 3D movies, with a new state-of-the-art digital projector. The Cafe Bar also offers a place to unwind, with a superb range of beverages, cakes, pastries and more.

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