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 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 devises, produces and maintains lavish theatre production shows for the prestigious Cunard cruise ships Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria, Queen Mary 2 and for P&O’s new flagship Britannia. A total cast of 60 dancers and singers are rehearsed in Scarborough, for 50 weeks each year to facilitate a six-monthly cast change on the four ships. Qdos Productions has co-produced and/or invested in a number West End and touring shows over the past two decades, most recently The Bodyguard and 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.
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.
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.
Chairman – Qdos Entertainment
Nick Thomas ‘crossed the footlights’ from performer to producer in 1982. By 1999, he had established himself as the UK’s most prolific producer of summer shows, the world’s largest pantomime producer and a leading celebrity talent manager. Over the subsequent years Nick has led his team which has built Qdos Entertainment into one of the largest entertainment Groups in Europe.
In 2010, Nick was accredited by The Stage newspaper as one of the ‘Top 10 Most Influential Entertainment Figures of the Decade’. He is listed annually in the ‘The Stage Top 100’, ranking Number 15 in 2015, and in both ‘Who’s Who’, and ‘Debrett’s People of Today’. Nick is a Vice President of The Royal Variety Charity (formerly the Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund, or EABF), which organises the annual Royal Variety Performance.
Nick is a key fund-raiser for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, which, through the tireless efforts of his HQ Theatres teams, and the generosity of pantomime audiences, he has raised over £1million in the past six years. Nick and his team at Adverset Media Solutions support ‘Heroes’ Welcome’ at all of the company’s sites. Nick divides his time between the company’s offices in Scarborough and in London’s Covent Garden.