Latest news / 1 November, 2017
Beginning next month, a host of stars from the world of entertainment will light up the stages in thirty-five theatres around the UK for this year’s Qdos Entertainment pantomime season.
Dick Whittington will lead the season’s programming at the London Palladium with a cast led by Julian Clary, Elaine Paige and Nigel Havers whilst nationwide John Barrowman, Christopher Biggins, Cannon & Ball, Michelle Collins, Brian Conley, Darren Day, Gareth Gates, Gary: Tank Commander, Sherrie Hewson, Duncan James, Claire King, Beverley Knight, The Krankies, Danny Mac, Tony Maudsley, Steve McFadden, Lee Mead, Al Murray, Paul Nicholas, Coleen Nolan, Jimmy Osmond, Joe Pasquale, Marti Pellow, Jodie Prenger, Craig Revel Horwood, Ben Richards, Shane Richie, Lisa Riley, Lee Ryan, Suzanne Shaw, Elaine C Smith, Stacey Solomon, Louie Spence, Allan Stewart, Count Arthur Strong, Gareth Thomas, Ryan Thomas, Jessie Wallace, Gok Wan, Simon Webbe, Jonathan Wilkes, Samantha Womack are amongst those treading the boards around the UK.
This year will also see nine new venues join the Qdos Entertainment family; Bristol Hippodrome, Glasgow Kings, Liverpool Empire, Milton Keynes Theatre, Manchester Opera House, Richmond Theatre, Regent Theatre Stoke-on-Trent, New Wimbledon Theatre and the New Victoria Theatre Woking.
Renowned for staging high-quality productions which are both contemporary and true to the traditions of pantomime every year Qdos Entertainment bring festive magic to stages across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales every year. Working closely with star names and creative collaborators each production is meticulously staged with lavish production values, dazzling choreography and spectacular special effects.
Nick Thomas, Chairman of the Qdos Entertainment Group, said: “Nationwide this season we will have over 1000 actors, singers, dancers and musicians entertaining families around the country continuing the unique British tradition of pantomime. This year we are presenting seven productions of Aladdin, one of Beauty and the Beast, six of Cinderella, two of Dick Whittington, five of Jack and the Beanstalk, six of Peter Pan, one of Robin Hood, two of Sleeping Beauty and five of Snow White and we are welcoming nine new venues to our family making 2017/18 a record-breaking season for Qdos Entertainment!”
As the world’s biggest pantomime producer, over the past 35 years Qdos Entertainment has established itself as one of the largest entertainment companies in Europe. Over the past three decades the pantomime giant has staged 684 pantomimes and this season expects over 2 million people will see one of its shows. Aside from the company’s credentials in pantomime, Qdos Entertainment, through its venues division HQ Theatres & Hospitality, is the UK’s second largest regional theatre and concert hall operator, and employs 1,500 full time staff.
Qdos Entertainment has been fund-raising for Great Ormond Street Hospital’s Theatres for Theatres Appeal since 2010. Thanks to the generosity of theatre-goers, as well as fund-raising by Qdos Entertainment staff, over £1 million has been raised to date, with fundraising continuing this festive season.