HQ Theatres (HQT) was set up in 2005 as a joint venture between commercial producers and talent managers Qdos Entertainment and Hetherington Seelig Theatres Ltd which operated the Wycombe Swan Theatre in High Wycombe and The Wyvern Theatre in Swindon.
In 2006 HQT bid for and won the operating contract with Southend Borough Council for the Cliffs Pavilion Southend-on-Sea and the Palace Theatre Westcliff. In 2007, Qdos Entertainment acquired Hetherington Seelig Theatres Ltd outright, and HQT become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qdos. Over the next two years HQT bid for and won local authority operating contracts for The Beck Theatre Hayes, The White Rock Theatre Hastings and The Orchard Theatre Dartford.
In 2011, HQT took over the management of the Watford Colosseum, following a major refurbishment, and the newly-built Guildford’s G Live. In January 2013 HQT took over the management of Crewe Lyceum Theatre. To reflect the activities of the business in April 2013 HQ Theatres became HQ Theatres & Hospitality.