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 saw "Erth's Dinosaur Zoo" and "Aliens Love Underpants" tour the UK and visit the West end again. Whilst The Tiger Who Came To Tea continued its UK tour as well as showing at the world famous Edinburgh Festival and returning to the West End for a fabulous Christmas run!
In 2016 "We're Going On A Bear Hunt" toured the UK, "The Tiger Who Came To Tea" went across to both Australia and China as well as Christmas and Summer runs respectively. "Erth's Dinosaur Zoo" had a great spring and summer runs. "Aliens Love Underpants" flew out to the KidsFest in January & February and took a tour of the UK in the summer, including headlining Camp Bestival! The Drama Desk nominated show "A Celebration of Harold Pinter" returned to the Irish Repertory Theatre in New York, once again starring Julian Sands and dircted by John Malkovich. Two new show were introduced to tour in the UK; "Monstersaurus" from the writer and illustrator of Aliens Love Underpants and "The Hollywood Special Effects Show" aimed at age 6 and up.
2017 has been a busy year with "The Tiger Who Came To Tea" touring from mid-March into December around the UK and the Far East. Monstersaurus was back touring in the Spring and a new production of The Railway Children (a co-production with Exeter Northcott) has a successful Summer and Autumn tour.
Looking on to 2018, another highly anticipated tour of the ever so popular Monstersaurus across the UK and over in Hong-Kong begins in Spring. And future West End plans to bring back “Glorious” by Peter Quilter are in the works along with an exciting new adaptation for stage production of the YouTube sensation, “Little Baby Bum” set to be a crowd pleaser for young children across the UK.