Some of the most influential leaders in the live entertainment industry, board members from the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), were wowed by the Globe’s progress during a visit to Stockton.
Senior representatives from ATG – which will run the £15m Globe theatre once completed – saw first-hand how the iconic, art-deco venue’s restoration is progressing.
Executive Director of ATG, group content and creative director Michael Lynas, said: “What an amazing venue the Globe is going to be.
“The restoration is clearly progressing at pace and we are really looking forward to seeing it come back to life as a unique venue suitable for large scale, 21st Century live entertainment.
“In just a few months we will be gearing up to start programming – so watch this space – but there are certain to be great shows, music and comedy for everyone to enjoy.”
Managing director of venues at ATG, Nick Potter, added: “We are incredibly excited to be adding the Globe to ATG’s portfolio of venues.
“We firmly believe it will become a market leader and attract audiences from far and wide.
“It will add yet another aspect to our growing worldwide portfolio and we can’t wait for the restoration to be complete.”
The restoration has taken a huge step forward with ATG staff from all divisions working alongside the project team on a weekly basis.
And at the moment the existing dressing room block is being demolished to make way for the new facilities needed for the large-scale music and comedy acts the venue will host.
This latest stage of the restoration comes following works to ensure the structure is watertight, all asbestos has been removed and the necessary surveys and investigations complete.
Salvageable pieces, such as sections of the stage, doors, and some of the bingo seats have been stored so that they can be returned to the restored Globe or form part of a display.
Stockton Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and housing, Councillor Nigel Cooke, said: “It is a huge coup to be working with a world-renowned operator like ATG and we are delighted that they share our vision to transform the Globe.
“The inside of the Globe is changing by the day and the revamped venue promises to revive its art-deco glory while being appropriately designed to suit the kind of large scale, 21st century acts that ATG will attract when it reopens in spring 2019.”
In just a few weeks work will start on opening up the back of the Globe to create a space for the state-of-the-art scissor lift which will allow large shows with sets and equipment to be moved from street level directly down to the subterranean stage.
The £15m restoration of the Globe is being funded by Stockton Council and a £4.5m National Lottery grant through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)’s Heritage Enterprise scheme.