Qdos Entertainment Group is a family-owned business, rooted in traditional entertainment values.
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 specialises in delivering first-class hospitality provision with vibrant and diverse entertainment programmes at Cliffs Pavilion, Southend; G Live, Guildford; Orchard Theatre, Dartford; 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 also manages the HQ Collection, an eclectic mix of countryside establishments to drink, dine and stay in the Scarborough area..
Qdos Productions has staged productions for Cunard cruise ships Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria, Queen Mary 2 and for P&O’s flagship Britannia. The company has co-produced and/or invested in a number of West End and touring shows over the past two decades, most recently Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at The London Palladium, 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, The Addams Family and Doctor Dolittle The Musical UK tours.
Qtalent (formerly International Artistes) has over 75 years of expertise and represents a diverse client base of high-profile performers and actors, as well as many of the UK’s top writers, producers and directors within film, television and theatre.
Qdos has its own design and print business, which provides design, new media and printing services to the commercial, tourism and entertainment industries in tandem with all of Qdos’ extensive in-house requirements.
Nick Thomas MBE
Chairman, Qdos Entertainment
Nick ‘crossed the footlights’ from performer to producer in 1982, and has since led the teams which have built one of the largest privately owned entertainment companies in the UK. Qdos Entertainment Group employs over 1500 full-time staff across 20 business locations.
In 2010, Nick was credited 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 fundraiser for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, and a vice president of the Royal Variety Charity.
In 2019, Nick was awarded the MBE for services to Entertainment and Charity in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Managing Director, Qdos Entertainment
Michael is a West End musical producer, who’s productions include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium, Fiddler on the Roof at The Playhouse, Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein at the Garrick, Annie at the Piccadilly, Mrs Henderson Presents at the Noel Coward, Gypsy at the Savoy and The Bodyguard at the Adelphi and Dominion Theatres.
He is also managing director of Qdos Entertainment and has created over 100 pantomimes for the company. He also created Cinderella, Dick Whittington (which won a Laurence Olivier Award), Snow White and Goldilocks and the Three Bears at the iconic London Palladium.
In 2012 he was awarded a companionship to the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts by Sir Paul McCartney, and in 2017 the Freedom of the City, Newcastle upon Tyne, in recognition of his services to theatre in the region.