Spotlight: Stockton Globe Theatre

Last year the Globe Theatre in Stockton-on-Tees reopened its doors, having been lovingly restored to its former 1930s art deco glory.

Katy Dodsworth
31st May 2022
Image: Twitter @stockton_globe
The Globe Theatre has a long history of entertaining the locals in Stockton. It was first built in 1913 as silent movie cinema, before being demolished and rebuilt twice, first in the mid-twenties, then again in 1935 to become a venue that could host live shows as well as films. In the 50s, 60s and 70s the venue hosted many famous singers and bands, including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Status Quo. In 1975 the live entertainment stopped and the Globe was converted to a bingo hall, before finally closing in 1997, seemingly forever.

In 2010, the announcement came that the decaying Globe Theatre would be restored to its former glory and reopen as a venue for music, theatre and comedy. Restoration work on the Grade II listed building took several years but was finally completed in 2021. The theatre now boasts a 3000 capacity auditorium with removable stalls seating, a full orchestra pit and the latest in lighting and sound equipment. The original 1935 art deco features have been carefully restored, with the walls of the auditorium striking shades of green and yellow.

In September 2021 Stockton Globe reopened its doors, with McFly the first act to perform in the newly restored theatre. “It’s an absolute honour to be the first band to play at the newly opened Globe. We’re so excited to be asked.” the band told the Northern Echo. The General Manager of the Globe, Jo Ager, described the reopening as “an incredible moment for Stockton-on-Tees”. Audience members were also enthusiastic about the restoration, with Anne Thompson saying “It’s really beautiful. They’ve done a lovely job.”

Stockton Globe Theatre is now operated by the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), which runs many leading theatres including Sunderland Empire Theatre and it is the largest capacity venue between Newcastle and Leeds. With several big-name acts and shows lined up to appear in the coming months, including Paloma Faith, Diversity and the west-end show We Will Rock You, this historic art deco theatre looks set to continue entertaining the region for many more years to come.

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