One City. One Club: The Sunderland Story

Sunderland Empire and SAFC today announces that brand-new production, The Sunderland Story, is coming exclusively to Sunderland Empire from Wednesday 17 May – Saturday 27 May 2023.

Told through music, comedy and emotion, The Sunderland Story will take audiences on a trip down memory lane up to the modern day, telling the epic tale of Sunderland AFC’s history from the first trophy win to the team’s legendary managers and scorers including Watson, Stokoe, Reid, Cochrane, Campbell, and Gurney and celebrates one of the biggest moments in SAFC’s history 50 years ago - that glorious 1973 FA Cup and the epic celebrations after the 2022 play-offs.

Not simply a Sunderland AFC history lesson, The Sunderland Story follows the Carter family, avid Sunderland fans, who, busy mourning the loss of the family patriarch, reminisce about tales of days gone by, family and friends, shipbuilding, mines, the newly emerging city of Sunderland and the bonds and memories that the beautiful game can create.

A heartfelt tribute to all the Sunderland greats no longer with us and the supporters who remain the football club’s future and past, its footings and foundation, famed for their passion throughout the land.

Nicky Allt, Writer of The Sunderland Story said: “I can’t wait to bring this show to life. When they talk about famous fan bases around the World, Sunderland will always be in that conversation. Where football is lifeblood and everything to its people, that is the story of the Red and White stripes. Sunderland is passion.”

Marie Nixon, Theatre Director said: “We are absolutely delighted to be exclusively hosting The Sunderland story. This emotive production details such an important part in the formation of an incredible football club, the City of Sunderland and the people of Wearside’s history. To be able to bring SAFC’s devoted fans, young and old, into our historic theatre to relive this retelling of our history truly is a joy.”

Kyril Louis-Dreyfus, SAFC Chairman said: “The 50th anniversary of our unforgettable FA Cup win represents a perfect opportunity to celebrate the moments and the people that have defined SAFC and the City of Sunderland over the past 143 years. I’m sure this project will be greeted with great passion from our supporters – young and old – and I look forward to joining them next May to relive our story in such a historic venue.”

The Sunderland Story is produced by Alterean Media, written by Nicky Allt and directed by Howard Gray.

Tickets priced from £13 are on sale at 12pm Wednesday 14 December 2022 and are available online by heading over to ATG Tickets!

*A £3.65 transaction fee applies to telephone and online bookings.

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