The restored Globe will have a main hall to allow for several seating and standing configurations increasing the maximum capacity of the venue from 2,500 to 3,000.
Additional bar and toilet facilities have been added to accommodate an audience of this size using areas of the Globe together with 153 High Street next door which will also operate as a café/bar when the Globe is not in use.
An extension of a six storey part of the building will include dressing rooms, greenroom and full high tech production facilities while new stalls flooring with demountable seating and an under stage storage system along with a slightly raised stage will allow for standing audiences.
A number of facilities have also been added to support major touring shows including a 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 stage, new stage lighting galleries and a full security curtain.
With the roof now watertight, all asbestos removed and the necessary surveys and investigations complete, Willmott Dixon, will soon join 153 High Street with the Globe and prepare to start the new build parts of the restoration including increasing the dressing room space and providing technical support and equipment suitable for major touring shows.
Meanwhile, any 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.
The Globe is to be renovated into a fully accessible live music and comedy venue. With a capacity of 3000, the Globe will be the largest venue between Newcastle and Leeds. Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), a global leader in live theatre, now diversifying into music programmed venues, will operate the Globe.