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Qdos Entertainment is one of the largest entertainment groups in Europe. Formed by Nick Thomas in 1999, it currently employs 1300 full-time staff across its businesses.[1] The company’s administration centres are in London’s Covent Garden and Scarborough with scenic & costume facilities in Beverley, East Yorkshire and Scarborough, North Yorkshire.

Qdos Entertainment
Limited
IndustryEntertainment
Founded1999
HeadquartersScarborough
Key people
Nick J Thomas
Websiteqdosentertainment.co.uk

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PantomimesEdit

Qdos Entertainment is the world’s largest pantomime producer,[2] with over 600 productions over the last 31 years.

In 2017 it was announced[3] that Qdos Entertainment would expand further and produce pantomimes for ATG venues (previously produced by First Family Entertainment) from the 2017-2018 season; bringing the total number of pantomimes produced under the Qdos banner to 35.

THE 2019/20 PANTOMIME TITLES AND CASTINGS - (the castings for the season so far are below)

  • Aberdeen His Majesty's Theatre - Cinderella,
  • Belfast Grand Opera House - Beauty and the Beast - May McFetridge,
  • Birmingham Hippodrome - Snow White - Matt Slack,
  • Bradford Alhambra Theatre - Snow White - Billy Pearce,
  • Bristol Hippodrome - Robin Hood - Shane Richie,
  • Bromley Churchil Theatre - Aladdin - Christopher Biggins
  • Cardiff New Theatre - Cinderella,
  • Crewe Lyceum Theatre - Peter Pan - Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball
  • Darlington Hippodrome - Jack and the Beanstalk - Shirley Ballas
  • Dartford Orchard Theatre - Peter Pan,
  • Edinburgh Kings Theatre - Goldilocks and the Three Bears - Allan Stewart, Andy Gray and Grant Stott,
  • Glasgow SEC Armadillo - Peter Pan,
  • Glasgow Kings Theatre - Jack and the Beanstalk - Elaine C Smith and Johnny Mac,
  • Hastings White Rock Theatre - Aladdin,
  • Hayes Beck Theatre - Sleeping Beauty,
  • High Wycombe - Peter Pan,
  • Hull New Theatre - Aladdin,
  • Liverpool Empire - Peter Pan - John Evans
  • Llandudno Venue Cymru - Sleeping Beauty,
  • London Palladium - TBA,
  • Manchester Opera House - Snow White - Craig Revel Horwood, Ben Nickless
  • Milton Keynes Theatre - Aladdin,
  • Newcastle Theatre Royal - Beauty and the Beast - Danny Adams, Clive Webb and Chris Hayward,
  • Northampton Royal & Derngate - Cinderella,
  • Nottingham Theatre Royal - Cinderella,
  • Plymouth Theatre Royal - Cinderella,
  • Richmond Theatre - Snow White,
  • Southampton Mayflower Theatre - Peter Pan,
  • Southend Cliffs Pavilion - Peter Pan - Ashley Banjo and Diversity, Kev Orkian
  • Stoke Regent Theatre - Snow White - Jonathan Wilkes, Christian Patterson
  • Swansea Grand Theatre - Peter Pan - Kevin Johns,
  • Swindon Wyvern Theatre - Sleeping Beauty,
  • Wimbledon New Theatre - Cinderella,
  • Woking New Victoria Theatre - Aladdin,
  • Wolverhampton Grand Theatre - Dick Whittington - Su Pollard, Jeffrey Holland and Ian Adams.


THE 2018/19 PANTOMIME TITLES AND CASTINGS -

THE 2017/18 PANTOMIME TITLES AND CASTINGS -

Theatres and HospitalityEdit

Qdos Entertainment’s subsidiary HQ Theatres & Hospitality Ltd is the second largest regional theatre operator in the UK.[4]

Venue Location Contract Start Year[5] Seated capacity
Wycombe Swan Theatre High Wycombe 2005 1076[6]
Wyvern Theatre Swindon 2005 635[7]
Cliffs Pavilion Southend-on-Sea 2006 1657[8]
Palace Theatre Westcliff-on-Sea 2006 611
Orchard Theatre Dartford 2008 956[9]
Beck Theatre Hayes 2009 600[10]
White Rock Theatre Hastings 2009 1082[11]
G Live Guildford 2011 1031[12]
Watford Colosseum Watford 2011 1392[13]
Crewe Lyceum Theatre Crewe 2013 677[14]
Swindon Arts Centre Swindon 2014 200[15]
Churchill Theatre Bromley 2016 781[16]

The company also operates its own restaurants & bars in all HQ Theatres.[17]

Pub/Restaurants, Rooms and CottagesEdit

HQ Theatres and Hospitality also owns and manages the award-winning[18] Copper Horse Restaurant & Cottages at Seamer near Scarborough, The Mayfield Hotel in Seamer [19] , The Plough Inn in Scalby in North Yorkshire and The Yew Tree Cafe also in Scalby plus other accommodation properties totaling over 50 bedrooms.

Artiste ManagementEdit

Qtalent (formerly International Artistes) looks after a number of high-profile performers and actors as well as many of the UK’s top writers, producers and directors.

Cruise Ship EntertainmentEdit

The company supplies and maintains productions to Cunard Queen Victoria, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth cruise ships and the new P&O Cruises ship Britannia.

Design and PrintEdit

A subsidiary company called Adverset Media Solutions is based in Scarborough and provides design, new media and printing services to the commercial, tourism and entertainment industries, in tandem with Qdos Entertainment’s extensive in-house requirements.

Holiday and Leisure EntertainmentEdit

In April 2014 the TED Group, which was part of the Qdos Entertainment Group, was sold through a Management Buy Out.[20]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Stage / Reviews / The entertainment masters with the light touch - Nick Thomas and Jon Conway". The Stage. 2004. Retrieved 2010-08-25.
  2. ^ "Qdos sells more than 2m tickets in record financial year". The Stage. 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-25.
  3. ^ "ATG dumps panto division to reunite with Qdos". The Stage. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  4. ^ Smith, Alistair. "ATG's Live Nation purchase cleared by OFT". The Stage. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  5. ^ "About HQ Theatres". Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  6. ^ "Venue Hire, Wycombe Swan". Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  7. ^ "Venue Hire, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon". Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Conferencing, Southend Theatres". Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  9. ^ "Venue Hire, Orchard Theatre Dartford". Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  10. ^ "Venue Hire, Beck Theatre, Hayes". Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  11. ^ "Venue Hire, White Rock Theatre, Hastings". Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  12. ^ "Venue Hire, G Live Guildford". Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  13. ^ "Venue Hire, Watford Colosseum". Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  14. ^ "Venue Hire, Crewe Lyceum Theatre". Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  15. ^ "Seating Plans". Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  16. ^ "Venue Information". Churchill Theatre. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  17. ^ "HQ Theatres Hospitality". Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  18. ^ Gerrard, Neil. "Ten winners of Les Routiers 2012 Awards announced". Caterer and HotelKeeper. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  19. ^ "Futurist Task Group - Questions for Stakeholders" (PDF). Scarborough Borough Council. 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  20. ^ Quinn, Michael (3 April 2014). "TEDGroup breaks free from Qdos in management buy-out". Retrieved 28 May 2014.

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