We take a look at how you can fill your diary for next year with a host of comedy, music and entertainment.
1. Dreamgirls, January 12-23
The future of this year's shows at the Empire is still unclear, but there's a number currently in the diary for next year, including Dreamgirls. Featuring the classic songs And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going, Listen and One Night Only which featured in the hit film starring Beyoncé, the musical will make its North East debut at the Empire.
2. Joe Lycett, March 4
Comedian Joe Lycett is one in a number of highlights at The Point in Holmeside next year. The multi-purpose venue will host a number of comedy, music and sporting acts.
3. Heathers the Musical, March 9-13
This high octane, black comedy rock musical based on the 1988 film of the same name is set to take over the Empire next spring.
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4. Rocking in the Free World, May 22
Emeli Sandé is set to headline a free music festival planned for Sunderland in 2021 to thank NHS and key workers. Plans are in place to stage the Rocking in the Free World festival in Herrington Country Park on May 22, 2021. The organisers are aiming to raise £20,000 via a CrowdFunder page so he can stage the free festival to say thank you to people who’ve worked hard at the frontline of the healthcare crisis