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Byline: IAN MCNEAL @TeessideLive

MULTI-PLATINUM selling singersongwriter Paloma Faith is the first act to be confirmed for Stockton's famous Globe, which will open its doors next year.

The long-running restoration of the art-deco theatre is on course for completion in April.

Paloma, a coach on The Voice Kids UK, will bring her Infinite Things tour to the Globe on Saturday, October 9, 2021, with tickets going on sale next Friday, October 2.

It is part of a 26-date UK tour and comes as she releases new single Better Than This from her forthcoming album Infinite Things.

The Globe will be operated by the Ambassador Theatre Group and further announcements are expected in weeks.

ATG is assembling a programme for the initial phase following completion of the restoration in April through to the end of 2021.

Councillor Jim Beall, Stockton Council's cabinet member for health, leisure and culture, said: "This is just the start and what a start it is!

"ATG has lined up some fantastic acts and it just so happens Paloma Faith's October show is the first one we can announce.

"There are lots more to come and the Globe's calendar is starting to fill up very nicely indeed.

"In the coming weeks we will have a flurry of further announcements featuring very big names in music and comedy and with really broad appeal.

"I know it has been a long time coming but it is a very exciting time and we are starting to see what kind of pull a 3,000-plus capacity venue of this quality can bring."

The announcement comes after the opening date for the project was pushed back again in July from November to next April.

It also emerged costs on the troubled project had spiralled by a further PS1.2m - taking the overall bill to almost PS28m.

Structural complications and access problems have dogged the renovation with costs soaring in the past 18 months.

Troubles with the roof, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lifts, plumbing, toilet layout and drainage were all uncovered during the high street renovation. The Beatles, Shirley Bassey, The Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, The Bee Gees, Tom Jones, Morecambe and Wise, and Ken Dodd are among the acts previously to have played at the venue.

ATG is also preparing a virtual industry showcase event next month to show off the Globe to

We're what 3,000-venue of can Coun industry representatives from across the world.

Globe's general manager Jo Ager said: "We are delighted to reveal Paloma Faith as the first show on sale at Stockton Globe and we simply cannot wait to virtually showcase the venue and the amazing programme we have in store.

"This is the start of something really special and as we move forward, we will continue to focus on booking the best music, comedy and family performances in starting to see of pull a capacity this quality the business and truly bringing the stars back to Stockton." Built in 1935, the iconic Grade II-listed Globe occupies a prime spot on Stockton High Street and has been empty since last closing its doors in 1993.

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Its restoration is being funded by Stockton Council and a PS4.5m National Lottery grant through The National Lottery Heritage Fund's Heritage Enterprise scheme.

David Renwick, director, England North, at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: "Our Heritage Enterprise scheme is about using money raised through the National Lottery to unlock the potential of buildings like the Globe.

"The restoration of the Globe is saving a much-loved and famous part of our heritage from neglect and bringing it back into use as a major venue with huge potential to spark wider regeneration, economic growth and job creation.

"Today's announcement represents a big step towards that potential being realised - big shows like this will bring big audiences into Stockton and we look forward to seeing what else lies in store."

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Paloma Faith is the first act to be confirmed at Stockton's Globe after major refurbishments of the former art deco venue, far left
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Author:IAN MCNEAL @TeessideLive
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Sep 26, 2020
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