WORK is under way to create the area where the stars set to appear at the restored Globe will get ready to perform.
The existing dressing room block is being demolished to make way for the new facilities needed for the kind of large scale music and comedy acts the venue will host when it re-opens as a 3,000 capacity live entertainment venue.
A fully-accessible six storey extension will be constructed in its place to accommodate additional dressing rooms and a greenroom, as well as full high tech production and security facilities.
Meanwhile, seats in the circle have been removed so they can be replaced with seating more in keeping with the Globe’s art-deco past.
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Housing, Councillor Nigel Cooke, said: “The Globe will host some of the world’s best known bands, artists and comedians so it is vital that the restored building can offer the kind of facilities required to allow this to happen.
“With a capacity of 3,000, the Globe will be firmly positioned as the largest venue between Newcastle and Leeds so bars and toilet facilities need to be suitable for this size of audience.
“It is fantastic that we are going to be able to achieve this while also bringing back the Grade II listed building to its art-deco glory.”
The restoration of the Globe is being funded by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council and a £4.5m National Lottery grant through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)’s Heritage Enterprise scheme.
To follow the Globe’s restoration journey visit www.facebook.com/TheGlobeStockton
Anyone who would like to share their old photos or memorabilia of the Globe with the restoration team is urged to get in touch by emailing [email protected]