Nick and Alan in The Stage top 100 list

Nick Thomas
Nick Thomas

Two Scarborough-based leading lights in entertainment and theatre have been named in the top 100 of the most influential people in The Stage’s annual list.

Qdos boss Nick Thomas comes in at number 15 and playwright Alan Ayckbourn was placed at 73.

Pantomime giant Qdos Entertainment is the leading producer of British theatre’s most popular genre, with more than 20 shows dotted around the UK this Christmas.

All stars casts include Joe Pasquale, Shane Richie and Christopher Biggins.

It’s a major undertaking and makes the company one of the UK’s most prolific theatre producers and major employers.

Qdos is also a key player in cruise entertainment, where it creates shows for Cunard and Celebrity. Through subsidiary HQ Theatres, Qdos is also the UK’s second largest regional theatre operator, managing 10 venues.

Thomas is founder and chairman of the group.

British theatre’s hardest-working playwright keeps on going. In 2014, Ayckbourn’s 78th play, Roundelay, premiered in Scarborough, where his musical, The Boy Who Fell into a Book, also played. Arrivals and Departures also toured the UK, while the National Theatre produced a revival of A Small Family Business.

Ayckbourn will premiere a play – Hero’s Welcome – and direct a revial of Confusions at the Stephen Joseph Theatre this year.