One City. One Club: The Sunderland Story

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


A brilliant feel-good show about family, friends and a lifelong love of the red and white stripes of a beloved football club!

Celebrated through the songs of its proud supporters including ‘Cheer Up Peter Reid’, ‘Sunderland Take Over’, ‘Sunderland Till I Die’, ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ and many more. The Sunderland Story is told through the eyes of the Carter and Thompson families, who during a wake for their beloved grandfather William realise that much of their family history always seems to link back to the story of Sunderland AFC.

Recounted through the decades, for many this show will take you on a trip down memory lane, while for younger fans this will be a joyous education - a chance to discover all about the club’s trophies, legends, and a city’s extraordinary shipbuilding and mining heritage - all told through drama, comedy and music.

From founding father James Allan, the first trophy win and ‘The Team of All Talents’, to Buchan, Carter and Gurney and two World Wars. Being nicknamed ‘The Bank of England club’, to that phenomenal 1973 FA Cup win and the Kevin Philipps, Niall Quinn, and Peter Reid years to the present day, and Tony Mowbray’s young braves.

The Sunderland Story is about the people of this city and their love of one club. It’s the passionate Sunderland fanbase who remain the beating heart of the club’s foundation - its past, its future, its everything!

Now, on with the show and Ha’way the Lads!

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