THE GLOBE THEATRE, STOCKTON-ON-TEES
The Globe Theatre gets a facelift with this striking new building wrap, which has been installed on the front of the theatre, in Stockton High Street. The bright design is providing a temporary facelift and highlighting the building’s potential, whilst its owners Jomast work on developing proposals for its renovation.
Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, Councillor Mike Smith, said: “This temporary façade is not only a sign of our support for the Globe itself but also for the wider regeneration of the northern end of the high street. We’re really encouraged to see new investment in this area and the redevelopment of the Lambton Castle as well as the external improvement works to the front of Debenhams are a welcome sign of transformation. We’re sure that we’ll continue to see more exciting developments in the area as the multi-million pound regeneration of the High Street continues to take shape.” To view the image larger, click on the photograph.
The Globe Theatre in Stockton High Street in the 1930's. It first opened to the public in 1935. We hope the brief history we have provided on this page is to your liking. As time goes by we will try to add more photographs and material as, and when, we receive it. Please do keep checking back, from time to time, for more updates.
The reception of The Globe Theatre 1954. The films being advertised at the time included the Dan Duryea movie "36 Hours" from 1953 and the horror film "Them" which starred James Whitmore in 1954. It's also interesting to see a poster on the wall which reads "Records played in this theatre were supplied by Leslie Brown" - the record shop in the High Street. The photograph, which can be viewed in a larger size by clicking on it, was supplied courtesy of Dusashenka's collection of Old Cinema Photographs.
The Globe Theatre with a classic Art Deco exterior and as the banner says 'Coming Soon" but, sadly, not as soon as we hoped. However, thanks to a recent £4m pounds heritage lottery grant the restoration is now going ahead and we expect to have live shows back on stage in this wonderful theatre within a couple of years.
American singing star Guy Mitchell appeared at The Globe Theatre in September 1954. He wasn't "Singing The Blues" on this night because probably his most famous hit single wasn't released until 1956 and didn't hit number one until 1957. He was though singing "She Wears Red Feathers" and "Feet Up (Pat Him On The Po-Po)" to excite his many fans.
Long before The Beatles caused mass hysteria and had constant screaming at concerts, a young man from Bermondsey, in London, called Tommy Hicks created similar scenes in the 1950's. He became better known as Tommy Steele - Britain's teenage idol - and this photograph shows huge queues outside The Globe for his appearance there in 1957.
Tommy Hicks - a young man from Bermondsey, in London, made quite a big name for himself in later years when he changed his name to Tommy Steele.
The Platters, who had some wonderful hits including "Only You", "The Great Pretender", "My Prayer" and "Twilight Time", took to the stage of The Globe on April 1st in 1957.
Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers had a smash hit with "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" in 1956 and appeared at The Globe Theatre from Monday, May 6th, 1957 for one week.
Buddy Holly and The Crickets on stage in March 1958. The Crickets were Jerry Mauldin on bass, drummer Jerry Allison with Buddy on Fender Stratocaster.
It was said, back in the 1950's and 1960's, that if you wanted to learn to play the guitar you had to have a copy of Bert Weedon's tutor book "Play In A Day" and many did buy it - even Brian May of Queen fame had one! Bert Weedon, along with Craig Douglas, The Mudlarks and Lord Rockingham's 2nd Eleven played The Globe on November 18th, 1969 with tickets selling at 6/-, 5/- and 4/-. Bert Weedon passed away on 20th April 2012.
Gene Vincent visited The Globe in on February 24th, 1960 - backed by Brian Locking and Brian Bennett, soon to be members of The Shadows.
The Everly Brothers - Don and Phil - on stage at The Globe Theatre in 1960. They didn't have their own band so they were backed by The Crickets.
The Shadows - Hank B. Marvin, Tony Meehan, Jet Harris and Bruce Welch - appeared at The Globe on February 7th, 1960. Ticket prices were 9/6, 8/6, 6/6 and 4/6.
I'm in Charge says Bruce Forsyth as he appeared at The Globe week commencing April 25th, 1960. Appearing on the bill with him were The Dancing Lovelies, The Skylons, Italian singing star Tino Valdi, The Keefe Brothers and Annette - novel balancers; Albert & Les Ward hilarious discords, Carmita, dynamic singing personality from the South Pacific along with Larry Macklin and his Orchestra.
The souvenir programme from the American Triple Star Show with Freddy Cannon, Johnny Preston and Conway Twitty stopped off at The Globe on May 19th, 1960. Also on this bill were Chris Wayne and The Echoes and Tony Crombie.
American singing star Bobby Rydell visited The Globe Theatre twice - on March 3rd, 1961 and again in December 1963 with Helen Shapiro, The Spotniks and The Searchers.
The King of Skiffle, Lonnie Donegan, appeared at The Globe several times. He first appeared in October 1957 and then in pantomime Aladdin in 1959. The photograph, with his many admirers, dates to Christmas 1963.
Adam Faith, supported by the John Barry Seven, stopped off at The Globe on Saturday, May 6th 1961 for one night only. Other stars on this bill included Dave Allan and Gerry Dorsey - later to be known, of course, as Engelbert Humperdinck.
Children enjoying a photograph session with the stars of the 1961/2 pantomime "Dick Whittington" with Ken Platt, on the extreme left, with Frank Ifield who played 'Dick" and Hank B. Marvin and Jet Harris of The Shadows on the right. Frank Ifield, who lives in Australia these days, says: "I recall the show with great memories as it was my first panto and even my first production show since arriving in the UK at the end of November 1959. I think the Panto was in Christmas 1960 and I had just had my first minor hit on the charts with "Lucky Devil". How nice to see Frank Ifield mentioning his appearances at the Globe on his news page.
Marty Wilde was one of the stars topping the bill on the Mammoth Star Show on December 7th,1962 with Billy Fury, The Tornados, Jimmy Justice, Mike Sarne, The Karl Denver Trio, Peter Jay & The Jaywalkers and Mark Wynter.
The Tornados with Alan Caddy, Roger LaVern, Clem Cattini, Heinz Burt and George Bellamy.
Joe Brown and The Bruvvers rehearsing at Stockton Globe Theatre in 1962/63. The photograph shows drummer Bobbie Graham, Joe, Peter Oakman on bass and his brother, Tony Oakman, on rhythm guitar. Joe recorded his album "Joe Brown - Live" at the theatre. Photograph © Stan Laundon.
Joe Brown played "Wishee Washee" in the panto "Aladdin" over the Christmas period 1962/3.
Joe Brown with The Bruvvers bass guitarist and "A Picture Of You" co-writer Peter Oakman relaxing backstage. Photograph © Stan Laundon.
Shane Fenton and The Fentones came to town on April 2nd, 1962. Some years later he changed his name to Alvin Stardust and returned on October 26th, 1974.
Heinz Burt of The Tornados and Billy Fury from October, 1963.
Marty Wilde sings his hits in October, 1963. He's backed here by Big Jim Sullivan on lead guitar.
The Beatles - Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr - appeared at The Globe Theatre on Friday, November 22nd, 1963. This was the day that President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. Be sure to see our special page about The Beatles at The Globe on this night in 1963.
The Beatles with Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Photograph © Copyright John Sandals and used with thanks. It is also well known fact that The Beatles appeared at The Astoria, in Middlesbrough, on June 23rd, 1963 with local band The Johnny Taylor 5 in supporting role. The Beatles made two appearances at The Globe - on Friday, November 22nd, 1963 and again in 1964.
At some time or another they have all appeared at The Globe Theatre. They are, left to right, Billy J.Kramer, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Susan Maughan and George Harrison.
The Searchers - Chris Curtis, Tony Jackson, John McNally and Mike Pender - appeared at The Globe in November 1963.
The Searchers on stage with Chris Curtis on drums, John McNally on rhythm guitar, Mike Pender on lead guitar with Tony Jackson on bass. Copyright © Unknown.
Teenage star Helen Shapiro was "Walking Back To Happiness" in December 1963. American idol Bobby Rydell shared the bill with her.
Cliff Richard & The Shadows - always popular visitors to The Globe - with Bruce Welch, Jet Harris, Cliff and Hank B. Marvin. As nearly always the poor drummer, Tony Meehan, is hidden. Photograph © unknown.
Cliff Richard relaxing in a garden on this early shot - and quite rare it is, too! Copyright © unknown.
The Shadows on stage with Tony Meehan on drums, Bruce Welch on rhythm guitar, Jet Harris on bass and Hank B. Marvin on lead.
Gerry and The Pacemakers, with support from The Fourmost, Tommy Quickly and Sounds Incorporated stopped off in town on February 21st, 1964.
The Dave Clark Five programme from their appearance at The Globe on May 7th, 1964. They are Rick Huxley, Denis Payton, Dave Clark, Lenny Davidson and Mike Smith.
The Hollies shared a star studded bill with the Dave Clark Five, The Kinks, The Mojos and Mark Wynter on May 7th, 1964.
Mark Wynter, a popular young balladeer at the time shared the bill with The Dave Clark Five, Hollies, The Kinks and The Mojos in May, 1964.
A photograph of Frank Ifield as it appeared in the concert programme on April 6th, 1964 for his appearance with The Dallas Boys, Maureen Evans, Ted Rogers, Arthur Worsley and the Lana Sisters. However, on the bill that night the programme indicated that the Johnny Hawkins Four might have replaced the Dallas Boys. As well as Frank appearing at The Globe with The Shadows in the 1961/2 pantomime his other appearances were on October 16th, 1962 with The Everly Brothers and Ketty Lester and on April 4th, 1963 with Dan Arrol.
The Animals with Alan Price on keyboards, John Steel on drums, Eric Burdon on lead vocals, Chas Chandler on bass and Hilton Valentine on rhythm guitar shared the bill with Carl Perkins, The Swinging Blue Jeans, King Size Taylor and The Dominoes supporting Chuck Berry on May 13th, 1964.
The Swinging Blue Jeans, King Size Taylor and The Dominoes and The Animals were also support to Chuck Berry.
Mike Berry and The Innocents were support to The Rolling Stones, Inez and Charlie Foxx and The Mojos on September 20th, 1964. The Innocents were drummer Roger Brown, Dave Brown on bass, Bobby Angelo on vocals with Colin Giffin on rhythm guitar and saxophone.
The Nashville Teens stopped off at The Globe in October 1964.
Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas topped a star-studded bill on October 4th, 1964 with The Kinks, The Ronettes, The Yardbirds with Cliff Bennett and The Rebel Rousers. This shows the band in concert with Billy J. Kramer on the left, Tony Mansfield on drums, Robin MacDonald on guitar, Ray Jones on bass with Mike Maxfield on guitar. They also visited the theatre again during pantomime season in 1965/66 in "Mother Goose" with Ken Platt.
The Ronettes - Ronnie, Nedra and Estelle - came to town on October 4th, 1964. Ronnie's real name was Veronica Bennett - also known as Ronnie Spector. Estelle Bennett was her sister and Nedra Talley was a cousin.
Marianne Faithfull supported Gerry and The Pacemakers and Gene Pitney on Friday, December 4th 1964. Also on the bill were Bobby Shafto and The Kinks.
The Kinks appeared at The Globe Theatre twice during 1964 - on May 7th with the Dave Clark Five and again on December 4th with Gerry & The Pacemakers.
Gerry and The Pacemakers played The Globe twice in 1964 - on February 21st and December 4th.
The management of Stockton's Globe congratulate Miss Cilla Black whose latest hit "Anyone Who Had A Heart" is this week's chart topper on February 21st, 1964.
Christmastime in 1964/65 saw The Seekers, Al Read and Ronnie Carroll star in "Cinderella" at The Globe. Photograph © copyright unknown.
Bill Wyman, Brian Jones, Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards pose for a photograph on stage. Photograph © Unknown.
A very early photograph of The Rolling Stones. As well as Brian Jones, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards on stage the gentleman at the back playing the maracas, Graham Wright informs me, is Ian Stewart their roadie and keyboard player who is also known as the unknown stone! Photograph © Unknown.
Roy Orbison topped the bill on March 6th, 1965 with support from The Rockin' Berries, Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers and Marianne Faithfull. This was the official programme cover.
Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers - a great supporting act to Roy Orbison in 1965.
The Rockin' Berries - another supporting act on the Roy Orbison bill from 1965.
The Supremes, Motown Recording Artists, came to town as part of a stunning show with Martha & The Vandellas, Little Stevie Wonder, The Miracles and Georgie Fame and The Blue Flames on April 2nd, 1965.
Brian Poole and The Tremeloes played, as part of a star-studded bill, at The Globe on May 5th, 1965. This photograph, part of an original Decca Records publicity shoot, was taken in 1963 near the River Thames on the Embankment in London. Brian says he still has fond memories of The Globe and often talks about Jim & Keith Lipthorpe who used to run The Fiesta in town.
Brian Poole and The Tremeloes on stage. Photograph copyright © Unknown.
The John Barry Seven supported Billy Fury, The Pretty Things, Dave Berry and The Cruisers, Brian Poole and The Tremeloes on May 5th, 1965.
Manfred Mann shared the bill with The Yardbirds on November 18th, 1965. Also on the show were Charlie & Inez Foxx and Paul and Barry Ryan.
Paul and Barry Ryan - sons of Middlesbrough-born singer Marion Ryan - were on the bill with Manfred Mann, The Yardbirds and Charlie & Inez Foxx on November 18th, 1965. PHOTOGRAPH BY GERED MANKOWITZ © BOWSTIR Ltd. 2014/Mankowitz.com
Herman's Hermits topped the bill on April 16th, 1966 with support from The Mindbenders, Billy Fury, Dave Berry and The Cruisers, Pinkerton's Assorted Colours and David & Jonathan.
On April 16th, 1996 The Mindbenders appeared on the bill without Wayne Fontana.
Dave Berry on stage at the Carre Theatre in Amsterdam in 1964. Two years later he was on stage at The Globe supporting Herman's Hermits on April 16th, 1966, along with The Mindbenders, Pinkerton's Assorted Colours and David & Jonathan.
Dave Berry at "Top Of The Pops" in 1964. Photograph © Harry Goodwin.
The Walker Brothers came to town on April 7th, 1966 and again on October 8th, 1966.
The Troggs appeared on a star-studded bill on October 8th, 1966 with The Walker Brothers and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich.
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich in concert. They were also in Stockton on October 8th, 1966.
Freddie & The Dreamers appeared in the pantomime "Cinderella" at The Globe in December, 1967.
A studio portrait of Freddie & The Dreamers. They were a popular act at The Globe Theatre in December 1967. Photograph © copyright unknown.
The Stars Fall on Stockton - people from across Stockton Borough have selected five acts to be immortalised in Stockton Town Centre. The Bee Gees, Norman Wisdom, Ken Dodd, T-Rex and local band The Blue Caps will join ten other acts in a spectacular piece of artwork installed in the pavement outside The Globe Theatre. The happy smiling faces above are former Blue Caps members Ian "Tex" Peacock, Eric Whitehouse, Alby Smith, Peter Embleton, Les Bennett, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, Councillor Ken Dixon and Blue Caps member Charlie Peacock.
“STELLAR: The Stars Fell on Stockton” is Stockton’s very own version of the Hollywood style walk of fame. It will see spotlights etched with a portrait of the Globe’s past performers surrounded by colourful LED strips. In March it was announced that ten of the positions would be occupied by Buddy Holly, Cliff Richard, Ike & Tina Turner, Morecambe & Wise, Roy Orbison, Shirley Bassey, Status Quo, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Tom Jones.
During the early part of 2014 members were invited to nominate acts who performed at The Globe to complete the line-up. Through the voting it emerged that The Blue Caps should be remembered alongside some of the biggest recording artists of the 1960s and 70s.
The Blue Caps formed in the late 1950s and were the only Stockton-based band to ever perform on the stage at the town’s iconic Globe Theatre. They played at the Globe eleven times along with other major theatres and night clubs across the North-East, supporting various acts ranging from Brenda Lee to Freddie and The Dreamers and Georgie Fame. They may not have had national success but in Stockton, and across the North-East, The Blue Caps live performances led them to become a household name.
The interior of The Globe as it looked during September, 2013. Jomast Developments Ltd has begun its £4 million restoration of the historic Globe to its 1930's splendour, for use as a live entertainment venue for music, comedy and other events. With its 2,500 capacity, the Globe will be the largest indoor auditorium between Leeds and Newcastle. The restoration work is expected to be finished sometime during 2016 following an award of a £4m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
A mini slide show with some images from inside The Globe Theatre which were taken in September, 2013. As you can see there's a lot of work to be carried out before the final restoration is completed. What we see here is the wonderful art decor inside the auditorium, the balcony as seen from the stage, the high ceilings showing the colourful decoration, the foyer, the rear of the building, the roof and the stage where so many great stars stood. It was a pleasure to take part in a guided tour of the famous building which was organised by Barry Jones with help from Stockton Borough Council. I hope you enjoy seeing these photographs as much as I did taking them.
What are your memories of The Globe. Did you go there? Who did you see? Why not send us an email to tell us. For me personally? I saw Frank Ifield there along with The Shadows; sang the "Grand Coulee Dam" for Lonnie Donegan is his dressing room and was employed by Joe Brown when he appeared in the pantomime "Aladdin" in 1962/63 and he recorded the album "Joe Brown-Live" at the theatre.
Special thanks to Dave Berry for supplying photographs from his own collection on this page, to Charlie Gracie Jnr. for the photographs of his father Charlie Gracie; to Linda Hoffman, Assistant to Bobby Rydell for the Bobby Rydell images and to Gered Mankowitz for the use of his Paul & Barry Ryan photograph.
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