Geoffrey Wheeler profiles North East England's premier variety venue, where Carry On actor Sid James died on stage. From 2003.
Geoffrey Wheeler profiles the premier variety venue in the North-East of England where artists as varied as Vesta Tilley, Harry Lauder, Ken Dodd and Helen Shapiro have entertained generations of theatre-goers.
The Sunderland Empire is also the theatre where the Carry On comedy actor Sid James collapsed and died. Theatre staff who were there on the night share their memories of the sad event.
Featuring archive performances from many of the stars who have appeared on the Empire's stage.
Series visiting variety theatres around the United Kingdom.
Producer: Libby Cross
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2003.
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