Opened in 1897 The Middlesbrough Empire is one of only 3 surviving theatres designed by Ernest Runtz and is one of the oldest entertainment venues in the North East of England. Following constant substantial restoration, it is working successfully as a live music and performance venue with its much-loved proscenium arch stage and iconic original features remaining the focal point over 100 years after their installation.

The Empire has played hosts to the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy, Harry Houdini, Roger Sanchez, The Arctic Monkeys and James Arthur, has supported fresh up and coming talent through BBC Introducing and NME new music tours, is an active member of the Music Venue Trust and is an official grass roots music venue, supporting and championing local talent. The Empire is also the official venue of Teesside University.

Live Gigs

16th March 2024 - 7:00 pm

Bad Boy Chiller Crew

The Middlesbrough Empire
29th March 2024 - 7:00 pm

Until Midnight presents: The Manchester Anthems

The Middlesbrough Empire
5th May 2024 - 10:00 pm

The Stickmen Project

The Middlesbrough Empire
29th June 2024 - 7:30 pm

Brutus Gold’s Love Train Disco Show

The Middlesbrough Empire

Club Nights

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