Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) is moving into music with the reopening of the historic North East venue, Stockton Globe.
The historic art deco building, due to reopen its doors in just over a year, is being transformed into a 3,000-plus capacity venue with flexible auditorium for standing and seated events. The refurbishment will also see a smaller 250-capacity venue open in the adjoining building.
Funded by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the multi-million pound refurbishment will see ATG bring the biggest names in music and comedy back to the venue in the first time in over 40 years.
Adam Kenwright, group board director of ATG said, “We’ve been working with the council to tailor the Globe so that it is one of the best in the industry for hosting live music and comedy events.
“With over a year to go before doors open, ATG are already in discussions with household music and comedy acts so that we can bring these stars to the Tees Valley community and back onto the Globe’s stage after having no live entertainment inside the venue for over 40 years.”
In its first incarnation, Stockton Globe was open from 1935 to 1974, hosting the likes of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
Stockton already hosts the annual Stockton Calling Music Festival and Stockton International Riverside Festival. The opening of the Globe is expected to bring in £18 million to the local economy each year and will give Stockton the biggest live entertainment venue between Newcastle and Leeds. It will complement the ongoing regeneration of Stockton High Street and the recent opening of a new hotel nearby.