NOT SURPRISINGLY, Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) was unable to give an opening date during a virtual launch of 3,000-capacity The Globe, in Stockton-on-Tees.
Facilities at the venue, which has had a £28 million refurbishment funded by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, with support from a £4.5m National Lottery grant, include an orchestra pit, dressing room suites and a 200-capacity secondary venue The Link.
Events scheduled include concerts by The Waterboys, Jools Holland and His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra and Steve Hackett, with the first show featuring Diversity on 2 June.
The venue originally opened in 1935 and was an ABC cinema before hosting performances by artistes such as Cliff Richard, the Rolling Stones and The Beatles, but it has not staged a concert for 45 years.
“The people of Stockton know the history of the venue, but what we have planned for the future will make everyone, everywhere, sit up and take notice,” says general manager Jo Ager.