NICK BROOKE LIMITED is a West End-based entertainment production company, specialising in drama, cabaret, musicals and children’s theatre. Our productions have toured the UK extensively, as well as having played in the West End, at the Edinburgh Festival, in the Middle and Far East, Australia and the United States of America.
Since its formation in 2002 by Nick Brooke and Philip Noel, 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”.
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).
Four years before that 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. The production toured the UK widely and enjoyed six highly successful West End Christmas seasons.
In 2008, the company produced its first season in London of “The Tiger Who Came To Tea”, an adaptation by David Wood of the classic children’s book by Judith Kerr. This production has gone on to be performed over the last twelve years across the UK, in the West End on several occasions (including, most recently, at the Haymarket Theatre over Christmas 2019/20), in the Middle East, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and on several separate visits to China. In 2011, the production was nominated for a Best Entertainment Olivier Award.
The company has also produced several other children’s productions and these include “The Gruffalo’s Child”, “We’re Going On A Bear Hunt”, “Room On A Broom”, “Aliens Love Underpants”, “Monstersaurus”, “Little Bay Bum” and, more recently, “Dinosaur World Live”, which has just completed an extensive tour of the United States (Spring 2020).
Away from children’s entertainment, the company produced a season of “Forgotten Voices” at the Edinburgh Festival in August 2014 in commemoration of World War One, featuring a revolving cast of guest performers. The production received the first ever 7-star review from The Edinburgh Evening News. Two years later in 2016, the company produced the one-man show, “A Celebration of Harold Pinter”, starring Julian Sands and directed by John Malkovich. It was performed at the Edinburgh Festival, at a selection of theatres across the UK and at The Irish Repertory Theatre in New York, where it received two Drama Desk Award nominations. In 2017, the company produced a major revival of E.Nesbit’s “The Railway Children”, directed by Paul Jepson and in co-production with the Northcott Theatre, Exeter, which toured the UK extensively. Finally, last year, the company produced “Friendsical”, a new parody musical inspired by the gang in “Friends”, the iconic US television series. This production was performed at The Edinburgh Festival last August and then toured the UK and will continue to do so throughout 2020.