The Globe is a unique Theatre,
with a golden history
and a dynamic future
Designed by the Newcastle-based architectural practice of Percy L. Browne who specialised in the "architecture of entertainment", the new auditorium officially opened its doors in 1935 known simply as ‘The Globe’, and is regarded as a building of national architectural importance and Grade II listed.
The Globe is the 3rd building on the site to be developed by Stockton born bothers, Charles and Alfred Lewis and was the first cinema in the area to introduce ‘talkies’, following the golden era of silent movies. A group of local volunteers are working with the Globe project team to research the history of The Globe, as well as providing hard hat tours of the building, heritage trails across the town and exhibitions capturing the Globe’s past and sharing memorabilia.
The Globe’s incredible reputation saw the likes of The Rolling Stones, The Bee Gees, Roy Orbison, Morecambe & Wise, T-Rex and The Beatles delight thousands, and the building still remains firmly within the living memory of the Teesside community.
Looking forward to its exciting future, the Globe’s owner Stockton-On-Tees Borough Council have appointed Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) as operators, an industry leader in managing and rejuvenating theatres across the UK and abroad to bring the venue back to life. With the auditorium and stage wholly intact with minor physical losses over its lifetime, it is possible to fully conserve and restore the building. Once redeveloped it will stand as a jewel in the crown of a revitalised Town Centre which has music, performance, the arts and creative industries at its heart. The project also includes Grade II listed venue located next door, previously an eighteenth century shop that will be transformed into a multi-functional space including bar, restaurant, accommodation and a ground floor extension to the rear that will host an intimate performance space. The whole site forms a dominant and significant feature within the Stockton-on-Tees High Street Conservation Area.
Go to theglobestockton for more information.