MIDDLESBROUGH’S PALACE OF VARIETIES
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.