The Stockton Globe theatre has reported ticket sales worth £6m (€7m/$7m) since reopening in 2021.
The Grade II-listed Art Deco venue in Stockton-on-Tees in the UK, operated by Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), reopened following a £28m refurbishment. It had been closed as an entertainment venue for over 40 years, briefly returning in the 1990s as a bingo hall.
Reuben Kench, director of community services, environment and culture for Stockton Council, told the Darlington and Stockton Times: “Globe theatre tickets [that] have been sold since opening have been worth more than £6m. That represents 185,000 tickets. It is making great progress.”
Kench also noted that there had been a post-pandemic dip for the performing arts and hospitality, with sales still falling below pre-COVID times. He added: “Despite that, and with a venue which is still very much establishing its position on the touring circuit, we think the Globe’s ticket sales are very, very positive.
“And the success of recent events like the sales of Six the Musical is evidence that there is demand, there is a willingness of promoters to bring their shows to this town. And there is an appetite for people to visit it from within the borough and beyond.
“There’s absolutely no doubt that the audiences are enjoying the place and are attending. Shows are attracting people from outside the area as well as satisfying a local demand. Against the difficult backdrop, any venue would struggle to establish itself in a post-Covid environment. The Globe is doing very well in our opinion.”
The 3,000-capacity venue boasts a stall area that can be reconfigured to suit the type of event that is being held. This area can hold between 770 and 2,200 people. The Globe now features an open bar at the rear and an orchestra pit, with The Circle able to accommodate 836 seated guests.