About Us

The Fire Station is an exciting new home for music and performance, developed by the Sunderland MAC Trust, in the heart of Sunderland City Centre, and a key pillar of Sunderland’s cultural regeneration. 

The transformational development began with the impressive restoration of the original 1907 Fire Station, into an arts hub, studios and the Engine Room bar/bistro, which was officially opened by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in February 2018.  

The Fire Station currently hosts regional dance agency Dance City and respected theatre company Live Theatre. Dance City delivers more than 20 different dance classes in its Sunderland studio, including ballet, tap, jazz and aerial. Live Theatre uses its studio as a base from which to deliver its Live Tales schools writing programme to schools in Sunderland and the surrounding area. 

With muted lighting, vintage vibes and plenty of nods to the venue’s past, the Engine Room bar and bistro is a stunning restoration of the ground floor of Sunderland’s historic Fire Station.

The second phase of the Fire Station’s development is the creation of a stunning new 450 seated/ 800 standing capacity performance auditorium which will open late in 2021. Designed by award winning architects Flanagan Lawrence,  the £11m performance venue will extend the existing Fire Station to attract over 100,000 people each year to enjoy a vibrant and packed programme of music, theatre, dance, comedy and spoken word.