Globe to re-open
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