Exciting plans to bring Stockton’s iconic Globe Theatre back into use as a live music and comedy venue are moving forward.
On Thursday (12 June), Stockton Council’s Cabinet will be updated on the progress that has been made to date. This includes the Council, Jomast (the owners of the Globe) and the Globe Theatre Foundation establishing a governance structure and preparations for the procurement of expert and specialist support.
Last Autumn the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) announced it had earmarked nearly £4 million from the Heritage Enterprise programme to transform the venue. HLF initially released £401,600 to support the development of the project. A design team will work up detailed internal and external proposals for the theatre’s redevelopment. Various surveys are also being carried out including a digital survey of the whole building and a conservation plan. This information will be submitted to the HLF next summer (2015) and if approved the remaining £3.5 million will be released so that the physical works can begin on site.
On Friday (13 June) the temporary building wrap which is currently displayed on the front of the Globe Theatre will be removed for approximately five weeks to allow the digital and structural surveys to take place.
This autumn work will begin on a spectacular piece of artwork outside The Globe Theatre. “STELLAR: The Stars Fell on Stockton” is Stockton’s very own version of the Hollywood style walk of fame. It has been designed by artist Simon Watkinson to honour the rich heritage of the theatre and the brilliant entertainers who played there and will see spotlights etched with a portrait of the Globe’s past performers surrounded by colourful LED strips.
Leader of Stockton Council, Councillor Bob Cook, said: “I’m delighted to hear that the detailed plan and appraisal needed to release the remaining £3.5 million HLF funding are progressing so well. “The Globe is a massive part of Stockton’s history so it is really exciting to see that it will play a prominent part in the town’s future.
“Stockton Town Centre’s physical regeneration is now reaching its final stages which is transforming the look and feel of the town. The restoration of the Globe will help ensure this transformation is sustainable as it will attract the kind of acts that will bring thousands of visitors which will create a bustling and lively town centre.”
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