Ferry good idea will see Sunderland Empire theatregoers board boat and Metros for free

Ben Philips, general manager of Sunderland Empire.
Ben Philips, general manager of Sunderland Empire.
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Taking in a show is set to be a better deal after theatre and transport bosses teamed up to offer audiences free travel on the Metro and Shields Ferry.

Sunderland Empire and Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, have announced partnership to offer free Metro travel to theatregoers.

Theatre ticket holders coming to see one of the show stopping productions at Sunderland Empire can now travel on the Metro and the Shields Ferry for free for up to two hours before and after the performance by simply presenting their show ticket.

The announcement comes as a busy Autumn/Winter season for the Wearside venue, including Shrek the Musical which will run from November 11 to 22 and pantomime Aladdin from December 11 to January 3.

Huw Lewis, corporate manager for customer services and communications at Nexus, said: “We’re delighted to provide this special offer for Empire Theatre ticket holders.

"Metro takes away all the hassle of driving to a venue so is great way to travel around.

"We hope this offer encourages more people to use Metro to explore Sunderland city centre and other locations.”

Ben Phillips, general manager at the Sunderland Empire, said: “We are delighted to be involved in this free travel initiative with Nexus to add value to our customer’s theatre experience. "With a busy Autumn/Winter season ahead we anticipate that a number of customers will take advantage of this great opportunity.”

Sunderland Empire is a short walk from Park Lane Metro and bus interchange and Sunderland Metro station.

The deal is a temporary arrangement and patrons are advised to check Nexus website prior to travel that this free travel scheme is still available