About Qdos Entertainment

A family-owned business, Qdos is rooted in traditional entertainment values. The business has grown both organically and through a steady ‘buy & build’ strategy, by acquiring businesses that complement the original model, managed by a highly experienced management team.


As well as holding the accolade of the world’s biggest panto producer, Qdos Entertainment’s other trading brands are:

HQ Theatres & Hospitality

HQ Theatres & Hospitality is the UK’s second largest regional theatre and concert hall operator. The company is renowned for its unique specialism of combining first-class hospitality provision with its vibrant and diverse entertainment programmes. The company’s portfolio of venues includes the Cliffs Pavilion, Southend; G Live, Guildford; the Orchard Theatre, Dartford; the Colosseum, Watford; the Swan, High Wycombe; the Lyceum Theatre, Crewe; the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon; the Beck Theatre, Hayes; the White Rock Theatre, Hastings; the Palace Theatre, Westcliff-on-Sea; the Arts Centre, Swindon; and The Churchill Theatre Bromley. The company’s hospitality team also manages The HQ Collection which consists of The Copper Horse Restaurant & Cottages and The Mayfield Hotel in Seamer, The Plough, Pub, Restaurant & Rooms and The Yew Tree Tea Rooms in Scalby, near Scarborough.

Qdos Productions

The company has co-produced and/or invested in a number of West End and touring shows over the past two decades, most recently The Bodyguard, Mrs Henderson Presents and as members of the independent theatres’ producing collaborative Music & Lyrics - High Society, Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma!, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Addams Family UK tours. Qdos Productions has supplied theatre production shows for a range of cruise ship partners.


Qtalent (formerly International Artistes) has years of expertise and know-how. The company represents a diverse client base including numerous high-profile performers and actors as well as many of the UK’s top writers, producers and directors within film, television and theatre in the UK and beyond.

Adverset Media Solutions

Qdos has its own design and print business, which provides high quality graphic design, web design, large format & litho printing services to the commercial, tourism and entertainment industries in tandem with all of Qdos’ extensive in-house requirements. Adverset is based in Scarborough North Yorkshire, alongside the Qdos Entertainment Head Office.

Nick Thomas

Nick Thomas
Chairman – Qdos Entertainment

Nick ‘crossed the footlights’ from performer to producer in 1982, and has since led the team which has built Qdos Entertainment Group into one of the largest privately owned entertainment companies in the UK, spanning theatre and concert halls, pantomime production, talent agency, cruise line theatre production, restaurants, boutique hotels and design and print. The Group employs over 1,500 full-time staff across 20 business locations.

In 2010, Nick was accredited by The Stage newspaper as one of the ‘Top 10 Most Influential Entertainment Figures of the Decade’. His name appears annually in ‘The Stage Top 100’, and in both ‘Who’s Who’ and ‘Debrett’s People of Today’.

Nick is a key fund-raiser for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, and a Vice President of the Royal Variety Charity.