THE NORTH-EAST could soon have a new 3,000-capacity venue, after The Globe in Stockton was awarded a £4.5 million National Lottery Grant to restore it to its former glory.
Once open, the neglected Grade ll listed Art Deco Globe will be the largest venue between Newcastle and Leeds.
Work started on restoring The Globe in 2011 and the total cost of the project is expected to be £15m, with the remaining £10.5m coming from Stockton Borough Council.
In its ‘60s heyday, the venue hosted acts such as The Beatles, Rolling Stones and The Bee Gees.
Leader of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council Bob Cook says the restored Globe would have a huge economic impact on Stockton and the surrounding area.
“While complementing existing arts organisations like Middlesbrough Town Hall [1,190] and Darlington Hippodrome [1,000], as well as ARC  and The Georgian Theatre  in Stockton, it will further boost our reputation as a vibrant live music and festival town,” he says.
The venue is due to open in 2019 and will be operated by Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) on a 25-year contract.
“The deal with ATG gives us the opportunity to create a venue capable of hosting the kind of acts and performances that will attract audiences who currently have to travel to Leeds or Newcastle to enjoy music and comedy of this scale,” adds Cook.