NICK BROOKE LIMITED is a West End-based entertainment production company, specialising in drama, cabaret, musicals and children’s theatre. Its productions have toured throughout the United Kingdom, as well as having played in the West End, at the Edinburgh Festival, in the Middle and Far East and in the United States of America.
Established in 2002 by Nick Brooke and Philip Noel, the company also offers impartial general management and consultancy services to both touring and West End productions. Since its formation, the company has produced over 60 different productions, ranging from major adaptations of Rosamund Pilcher’s “The Shell Seekers” and Joanna Trollope’s “Marrying The Mistress” to revivals of such classic plays as “Corpse”, “84 Charing Cross Road”, “Art”, “Arsenic and Old Lace”, “Strangers On A Train”, “Bedroom Farce”, “Hobson’s Choice” and “Private Lives”.
It has also produced a number of new plays, such as “My Boy Jack” by David Haig, “Framed” by Martin Stirling, “Deadlock” by Peter Benedict and “Deadly Game” by David Foley. In 2009, the company produced the 25th Anniversary Tour of the cabaret show, “Fascinating Aida”, which, as well as an extensive tour of the UK, was also performed at the Edinburgh Festival and in New York (where the production was nominated for two Drama Desk Awards in May 2010).In 2005, the company presented its first children’s production, “The Gruffalo”, a stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s award-winning children’s picture book. This production has toured the UK extensively since then and has enjoyed six highly-successful West End Christmas seasons.
The company has also produced several other children’s productions, including “The Gruffalo’s Child”, “We’re Going On A Bear Hunt”, “Room On The Broom” (which was nominated for the 2012 Best Entertainment Olivier Award), “Mr Ben”, “Mr Stink”, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “The Tiger Who Came To Tea”, an adaptation by David Wood of the classic book by Judith Kerr (which was nominated for the 2011 Best Entertainment Olivier Award).
In 2013, the company produced a national tour of “Angelina Ballerina – The Mousical”, written and directed by Miranda Larson, which also toured to five cities in Australia over Christmas 2013/14. It also produced a new production of “Aliens Love Underpants”, based on the book by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort, which, in addition to a UK tour during the Summer and Autumn, was also presented at the Edinburgh Festival. Last August, the company produced “Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo”, which enjoyed a sell-out season at the Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park. It, subsequently, transferred to the Phoenix Theatre for a Christmas season.
In 2014, "Aliens Love Underpants" completed a short Easter before a highly successful summer run in the West End at the Leicester Square Theatre. "Erth's Dinosaur Zoo" toured the UK extensively including a month at the Edinburgh Festival, and "The Tiger Who Came To Tea" broke previous box office records in its summer West End season, enjoyed a successful Christmas season in Birmingham and has traveled to Australia. The show will also be part of KidsFest in Hong Kong and Singapore in 2015 whist also touring the UK. 2014 also saw the revival of "Forgotten Voices" at the Edinburgh Festival in commemoration of WWI with a revolving cast of guest performers including Robert Vaughn, Celia Imrie, Robert Powell, James Fleet, Christopher Timothy and Julian Sands. The production received the first ever 7 star review from the Edinburgh Evening News.
2015 will see "Erth's Dinosaur Zoo" and "Aliens Love Underpants" tour the UK again in Spring and Summer respectively. Both shows will also be playing West End seasons for the month of August. "Erth's Dinosaur Zoo" will be touring for the Autumn, while "Aliens Love Underpants" will be touring in October and for Christmas. The Tiger Who Came To Tea continues its UK tour as well as showing at the world famous Edinburgh Festival for August and will be heading into the West End for a magical Christmas season!
In 2016 "We're Going On A Bear Hunt" will be touring the UK, "The Tiger Who Came To Tea" will be touring Australia and China as well as Christmas and Summer runs respectively. "Erth's Dinosaur Zoo" will be touring the UK in Spring and Summer. "Aliens Love Underpants" will be flying out the KidsFest in January & February and will be touring the UK in the summer, including headlining Camp Bestival in July! The Drama Desk nominated show "A Celebration of Harold Pinter" will return to the Irish Repertory Theatre in New York, once again starring Julian Sands and dircted by John Malkovich. Two new shows are touring in the UK as well; "Monstersaurus" from the writer and illustrator of Aliens Love Underpants and "The Hollywood Special Effects Show" aimed at age 6 and up will tour for a limited time only in the Summer holidays.
2017 is set to be a busy year with "The Tiger Who Came To Tea" touring from mid-March into December around the UK and the Far East. Monstersaurus is back touring in the Spring and new production The Railway Children (a co-production with Exeter Northcott) will be touring in the Summer and Autumn.