Producer Michael Harrison has become co-owner of Qdos Pantomimes, with a 50% stake in the company.
Harrison has been associated with the pantomime company for the past 17 years, and has been its managing director for eight years. He becomes joint owner alongside Nick Thomas, and his wife Sandra Thomas. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
Nick Thomas said there is 20 years between him and Harrison, and described the new partnership as “a natural progression” that will ensure the company’s “long-term future”.
Harrison, who has produced more than 100 pantomimes for Qdos, said: “I am delighted to join Nick as co-owner of Qdos Pantomimes, a company I am hugely proud to have been a part of for the past 17 years. The new arrangement will allow me to continue creating world-class pantomimes as an integral part of my theatre producing work, and I look forward to a continued close collaboration with Nick, who has grown Qdos’ pantomimes business so successfully over the past 37 years.”
The partnership will begin in spring 2020, and will coincide with the opening of a new premises in Covent Garden, which will house both Qdos Pantomimes, and Michael Harrison Entertainment.
Qdos Pantomimes is part of Qdos Entertainment Group and produces more than 30 pantomimes annually, including the recent London Palladium pantomimes, devised and directed by Harrison.
Thomas’ other businesses include HQ Theatres, the regional theatre operator that recently acquired its 13th venue, the New Theatre Cardiff.
Through his own company, Michael Harrison has prodded shows including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, starring Jac Yarrow.
Two years ago, Ambassador Theatre Group announced a new partnership with Qdos Entertainment, which saw ATG dissolve its own pantomime devision.