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Qdos Entertainment plc is chaired by Nick Thomas. The company he created in 1986 is now one of the largest, broad-based Entertainment Groups in the UK. Focused on family entertainment & traditional values, the Group has grown both organically and through a steady ‘buy & build’ strategy, focusing on businesses that compliment the original model, managed by a coherent holding company. The Chairman and his supporting key management proactively manage each of the Groups divisions strategically and day to day.

Qdos is the worlds largest pantomime producer. John Barrowman, Joe Pasquale, Shane Richie, Brian Conley, Julian Clary, Nigel Havers, Gok Wan and David Hasselhoff are amongst the high profile celebrities who will appear in the companies twenty three productions.

Qdos Hire Division was established in 2005 and has since gone from strength to strength. We have an ever growing client base, most of which return year after year whether it be for an annual pantomime, summer show, gala, youth theatre project or even an extravagant birthday party! Clients include the Gaiety Theatre Dublin, Olympia Theatre Dublin, Theatre Royal Windsor, Pheonix Theatre Blyth, Joburg Theatre Johannesburg, Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP & many more.

In more recent years we have provided props, costumes and backdrops for CBeebies, the Edinburgh Festival, BBC, Scottish BBC, Strictly Come Dancing and the Sainsburys Chirstmas advert with Jamie Oliver.

Over the years the production team have spent a lot of time and effort collating an extensive photo library of our stock, which has bought to light just how many fantastic items we have in both our scenic store as well as our costume department.

Although Qdos’s niche business is producing first class pantomimes, we have over the years been involved in Summer Seasons with Blackpool Grand, Haven sites, touring musicals and children’s entertainers therefore we have an extensive collection of sets, props, backdrops & special effects to suit many events.

More recently in the last few years our expertise has moved to Cruise ships, providing costumes and sets for the wonderful shows seen on Celebrity and Cunard and more recently P&O's brand new ship Britannia.

Our main 100,000 square foot scenic store has the capacity to load out 4 articulated trailers at any one time, this is essential when it comes to loading out around 23 of Qdos’s own productions as well as, on average, 15 hires during the hectic peak season. The building is packed from floor to ceiling with the highest quality theatrical stock enabling both Qdos Pantomimes and hire clients to create spectacular productions. Due to our dedicated, on site carpenters, scenic painters, prop makers and technicians we can create specialist props and scenery at minimum cost to the client.

Our costume store with over 200,000 costumes mean we can compliment a scenic hire with a stunning selection of costumes carefully selected by our experienced team based in Scarborough.