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Sunderland statue due to be lifted back into place

Terpsichore was left hanging from the top of the tower Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Work is due to begin hoisting the statue of Terpsichore back into position on the tower of Sunderland Empire Theatre.

The statue of the Greek Muse of dancing and choral song was dislodged in high winds in January and had to be removed.

Now the restored statue will reclaim her rightful place.

The Theatre has been without Terpsichore for nearly a year Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Weather permitting work replacing the statue is due to begin at 8am Credit: ITV Tyne Tees


Lion King musical in North East for the first time

The hit musical the Lion King is in the North East for the first time since the production started in the UK 15 years ago.

The Sunderland Empire will be home to the show until November 1.

But recreating the story of Simba and the Pride for the stage wasn't easy:


  • 37,000 HOURS were spent by designers making the puppets and masks.
  • 700 COSTUMES AND PROPS are used every night.
  • 232 PUPPETS are in the show, including rod puppets and full-sized ones.
  • 140 PEOPLE work on every performance.
  • 18-FOOT GIRAFFES are the tallest puppets and appear in 'I Just Can't Wait To Be King!"
  • 13-FOOT - that's how big the Elephant is. It needs four actors to carefully walk her down the aisle.
  • 23 LORRIES were needed to get the set, costumes and puppets to Sunderland.
  • 75 MILLION PEOPLE have now seen the production all over the world.

ITV News Tyne Tees were invited behind the scenes to see the finished result.

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