Sunderland’s Royalty Theatre gets Royal recognition

From left,  John Appleton, Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Susan Winfield and the Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland, Coun Barry Curran and Carol Curran.
From left, John Appleton, Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Susan Winfield and the Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland, Coun Barry Curran and Carol Curran.
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A community theatre which has been entertaining Sunderland for more than 90 years has been given Royal recognition.

The Royalty Theatre, off Chester Road, has been presented with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, after being named in the Queen’s birthday honours.

Chairman John Appleton was handed the medal, following a recent production of Mary Shelley, by the Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Susan Winfield.

John said: “This award is given to voluntary organisations for contributions to their communities. We have been giving people voluntary opportunities and entertaining people for over 90 years, so it’s wonderful to get national recognition for that.”

He added: “Everyone who has ever been involved with our theatre – whether as a participant or a spectator – is to thank for this award, as we could not have continued this long without the support of those people.”

The theatre is now in its 91st season, which features six plays, plus a family pantomime.

The next production to be staged at the theatre is Rapunzel, which will run for 12 performances from December 10-20. A fun-filled adventure for all the family, it’s based on the classic fairytale.

Next year’s remaining shows in the season include classics, such as 1984, Treasure Island, Steel Magnolias and The Pitmen Painters, as well as The Vagina Monologues and Where There’s a Will.

Admission is £8 for all shows, £6.50 concessions (available for students in full time education, under 18’s, unemployed and senior citizens) from 0844 8700 887 or visit www.royaltytheatre.co.uk.