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
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!'.
Thu 8 Jul
Fri 9 Jul
- 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
Join the local amateur CBS Theatre Group for their annual January pantomime for the whole family.
Mon 10 Jan
Tue 11 Jan
Wed 12 Jan
Thu 13 Jan
Fri 14 Jan
Sat 15 Jan
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.
Fri 22 Oct
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
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
Sat 10 Apr
Sun 11 Apr
A hilarious parody based on the all time favourite sitcom, Friends.
Sun 13 Jun
Tue 29 Mar
Irish folk legends perform timeless classics for a night of Irish music, songs and stories.
Tue 25 May
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
Tribute to the sweet soul sounds of Motown starring the supremely-talented Magic of Motown band, with hits made famous by the Isley Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Martha Reeves and more.
Sat 15 Jan
Thu 10 Mar
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
Sat 6 Nov
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
Songs by the Pogues, the Dubliners, the Fureys, the Saw Doctors and others, performed by the Wild Murphys.
Fri 12 Mar
Thu 20 May
The traditional fairy tale is brought to life by Russian National Ballet.
Sat 20 Nov
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
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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