Globe to re-open

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - FRONT PAGE -

PLANS to re­store the derelict Globe The­atre back to its for­mer glory have been ap­proved by Stockton Coun­cil.

The Grade-II listed the­atre – once fa­mous for host­ing huge stars such as The Bea­tles and The Rolling Stones – has stood empty since 2011.

But now Stockton Coun­cil have ap­proved a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion to bring the venue back to life.

The the­atre is set to be re-opened and re­stored back to its orig­i­nal Art Deco char­ac­ter with an up­graded bar and fa­cil­i­ties.

There will be an area cre­ated for a stand­ing au­di­ence of more than 2,000 to at­tend live events.

The con­struc­tion works will start with the venue set to open in win­ter 2018-19.

The coun­cil an­nounced it would in­ject £2mil­lion of tax­payer funds into the re­fur­bish­ment, which ini­tially be­gan six years ago.

Devel­op­ers will re-cre­ate the orig­i­nal look of the build­ing by ref­er­enc­ing old pho­to­graphs and ar­ti­cles from the grand open­ing.

The ad­ja­cent va­cant prop­erty to The Globe will also be con­verted into a cafe/ bar/bistro and will be linked to the the­atre to pro­vide a venue which can op­er­ate as a stand­alone fa­cil­ity or as sup­port for a va­ri­ety of events.

It is an­tic­i­pated this fa­cil­ity would also be open at times when The Globe is not in use.

Within The Globe, the stalls are to be re­paired and re-laid to cre­ate space for 746 seats, plus new bars to the sides and rear.

The build­ing was pur­chased from its pre­vi­ous own­ers in a poor state of re­pair and the con­di­tion has de­te­ri­o­rated sig­nif­i­cantly since its clo­sure.

But tem­po­rary sta­bil­i­sa­tion works have been car­ried out to en­sure the site is safe.

The Globe The­atre, pic­tured with its new vinyl wrap, is to be re­stored to its Art Deco fin­ery af­ter Stockton Coun­cil ap­proved plans to re-open the venue af­ter an ex­ten­sive facelift

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