The Consett Empire Theatre and Cinema is gearing up for a fun-packed autumn and winter season.

Side-splitting comedies, popular pantomimes, West End stars and award-winning tribute acts are just some of the highlights coming up.

Music at the Consett Empire

There will be a variety of great gigs for music fans to look forward to. Rock ‘n’ roll veterans Marty and the Wildcats will be performing at the Empire on Saturday 15th September.

Marty was a key figure in the early development of rock ‘n’ roll. In Consett, he will be performing songs from his 60-year career as well as other well-known tunes from the rock ‘n’ roll era.

Tickets for Marty and the Wildcats cost £21.00.

Other music stars coming to Consett include X Factor winner and star of musical theatre Joe McElderry on Saturday 10th November and Brit-award winners Blake on Thursday 22nd November.

On 15th March, the Empire will host soul legends The Drifters.

As far as tribute acts are concerned, the Empire will see gigs from T-Rexasty (Friday, 21st September) and UK Pink Floyd Experience (Saturday 6th October).

Sweet Caroline – with Gary Ryan as Neil Diamond – will take to the Empire’s stage on Saturday 20th October.

Theatre at the Consett Empire

A night full of laughter is guaranteed on Saturday 26th January when the Empire hosts Dirty Dusting.

This heart-warming comedy – featuring Chrissy Rock from Benidorm and I’m a Celebrity Get Me out of Here – charts the adventures of three cleaning ladies who try to earn some spare cash by setting up an adult chatline. Tickets are priced at £21.00, £20.00 concessions.

The Empire is set to welcome the Russian National Ballet – performing Swan Lake – on Saturday 3rd November.

The Lost Voice Guy – winner of Britain’s Got Talent – will be performing on Sunday 21st October while This Is the Greatest Show – featuring West End singers belting out songs from popular musicals – will call in at Consett on Tuesday 18th September.

In addition to all this, live broadcasts of Shakespeare plays are coming to the Empire’s cinema screen. These plays – beamed straight from Stratford-upon-Avon – will include The Merry Wives of Windsor on Wednesday 12th September and Troilus and Cressida on Wednesday 14th November.

There will also be some screenings of West End Shows: Funny Girl – The Musical on Wednesday 24th November and The King and I on Thursday 6th December.

Funny Girl
Funny Girl will be screened at the Empire

Milkshake Live! – a fun-packed children’s musical – will be staged at the Empire on Saturday 2nd March. And an early festive treat will be coming to the Empire on Friday 23rd November, with a performance of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol.

Speaking of Christmas, this year’s pantomime will be Beauty and the Beast. Produced by Leah Bell, Beauty and the Beast will run from Saturday December 1st to Monday December 31st.

Empire Theatre 1 A Christmas Carol
A scene from the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol

Tickets for the pantomime are priced at £16.00 (£14.00 concessions). Family tickets, for two adults and two children, are available for £52.00.

The arts programme manager at the Empire Cinema and Theatre, Nicola Dailly, said, “Tribute bands, musicals, live theatre, rock ‘n’ roll pioneers – as you can see, we have a packed programme in store.”

“With so much variety on offer, I’m sure there will be something to suit all tastes and ages.”

To see the full autumn and winter programme for the Consett Empire Theatre and Cinema, please go to Tickets can be booked on the same website or by calling 03000 262 400.

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