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 ten years across the UK, in the West End on several occasions, in the Middle East, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and on four separate visits to China, where it will return once again later this year. 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”, “Mr Ben”, “Mr Stink”, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, “Angelina Ballerina – the Mousical”, “Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo”, “Aliens Love Underpants”, “Monstersaurus” and, more recently, “The Hollywood Special Effects Show”.
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, 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. 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.
More recently, the company has 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 in 2017; a new dinosaur show for children called “Dinosaur World Live”, which toured the UK in 2017 and 2018 (and enjoyed a highly successful run at The Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre last summer), and which will return to the touring circuit once again in 2019; and a new production of the You Tube children’s sensation, “Little Baby Bum”, which toured the UK last year and is set to return again in the near future.
Other plans in 2019 include a major revival of the classic comedy, “Arsenic and Old Lace”, which will undertake an extensive UK tour from September this year.