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When Midnight Strikes

Tuesday 17 October 2017 - Sunday 12 November 2017



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'Full marks to Marc Kelly and Elizabeth Chadwick for digging it out of the back catalogue of "Shows That Never Made It"' British Theatre on Birds of Paradise


It's new year's eve 1999 and Jennifer and Christopher welcome you to the party of parties. But when everyone has something they want to change, and plenty they want to hide, the party starts to fall apart. The clock is ticking, and when midnight strikes, what will the new year bring?
When Midnight Strikes is a fun and fresh contemporary British musical by Charles Miller and Kevin Hammonds. Full of show-stopping songs and complex characters, this deftly-plotted drama is about saying goodbye to the past and accepting change.
Following their acclaimed stagings of Birds of Paradise, The Baker's Wife and Lucky Stiff, MKEC Productions return to The Drayton Arms as they continue to bring high-quality stagings of lesser-known musicals to the London fringe.
Tues - Sat performances begin at 7:30pm
Sunday performances begin at 5:00pm


'Charles Miller and Kevin Hammonds have borrowed the baton from the likes of Sondheim and created a rare thing - a witty and entertaining piece of musical theatre that is also a treat for the brain. It's enough to restore one's faith in the genre!' British Theatre Guide

None Age suitability
The first half runs for 60 minutes
The second half runs for 60 minutes 


General Admission £ 16
/ Concessions £ 12
/ Early Birds (First Two Weeks) £ 10

Early Birds Expire 2017-10-01

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Dates & Times

Next Performance Tuesday 17 October 2017

Runs  until Sunday 12 November 2017

Tue Oct 17, 2017 @ 7:30PM - 10:00PM
Wed Oct 18, 2017 @ 7:30PM - 10:00PM
Thu Oct 19, 2017 @ 7:30PM - 10:00PM
Fri Oct 20, 2017 @ 7:30PM - 10:00PM
Sat Oct 21, 2017 @ 7:30PM - 10:00PM
Sun Oct 22, 2017 @ 5:00PM - 07:30PM
Tue Oct 24, 2017 @ 7:30PM - 10:00PM
Wed Oct 25, 2017 @ 7:30PM - 10:00PM
Thu Oct 26, 2017 @ 7:30PM - 10:00PM
Fri Oct 27, 2017 @ 7:30PM - 10:00PM
Sat Oct 28, 2017 @ 7:30PM - 10:00PM
Sun Oct 29, 2017 @ 5:00PM - 07:30PM
Tue Oct 31, 2017 @ 7:30PM - 10:00PM
Wed Nov 01, 2017 @ 7:30PM - 10:00PM
Thu Nov 02, 2017 @ 7:30PM - 10:00PM
Fri Nov 03, 2017 @ 7:30PM - 10:00PM
Sat Nov 04, 2017 @ 7:30PM - 10:00PM
Sun Nov 05, 2017 @ 5:00PM - 07:30PM
Tue Nov 07, 2017 @ 7:30PM - 10:00PM
Wed Nov 08, 2017 @ 7:30PM - 10:00PM
Thu Nov 09, 2017 @ 7:30PM - 10:00PM
Fri Nov 10, 2017 @ 7:30PM - 10:00PM
Sat Nov 11, 2017 @ 7:30PM - 10:00PM
Sun Nov 12, 2017 @ 5:00PM - 07:30PM


About the Company:

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MKEC Productions was set up in 2014 by Marc Kelly and Elizabeth Chadwick with the aim of producing high quality and accessible London fringe theatre. Marc and Elizabeth met during their time at University where they both studied Musical Theatre. Marc and Elizabeth have performed in the UK and around the world since graduating and have now come together to form MKEC Productions. They strive to produce engaging theatre that appeals to a wide variety of the public.   Previous shows at the Drayton Arms include; The Baker's Wife, Lucky Stiff, Here's To The Ladies Who Belt and Birds of Paradise.

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Cast & Crew:

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Writer : Charles Miller

Charles has become a highly regarded composer over the last decade. He has composed a number of musicals, many in collaboration with New York lyricist Kevin Hammonds. These include the highly acclaimed Brenda Bly: Teen Detective which opened at the Bridewell Theatre, London, and has since been performed all around the world. Also, No One In The World, which opened at the Cochrane Theatre, London, as well as a successful run Off-Broadway at The Producers Club.

His musical When Midnight Strikes had a hugely successful run in 2013 at The Gatehouse Theatre in London, where it was nominated for Best Musical in the Off-West End Awards. Charles and Kevin's musical Hope has enjoyed international success with productions in Switzerland and Germany following its London premiere at The Bridewell Theatre.
Charles' musical The Return Of The Soldier, written with Tim Sanders played at Jermyn Street Theatre in London, winning many 5 star reviews, as well as several nominations for best new musical. Jason and the Argonauts, also written with Tim Sanders, was recently performed in Germany and Switzerland.
His musical, Fanny and Stella, written with Glenn Chandler, had a sell-out run Above The Stag theatre in 2015 and Glenn and Charles latest musical, The Sins of Jack Saul opened at the same theatre earlier this year.

Director : Marc Kelly

Marc trained at Cumbria Institute of the Arts where he gained a First Class Degree in Drama and Musical Theatre, he followed that by training at Guildford School of Acting were he graduated with an MA in Musical Theatre. 

Directing Credits include; Elegies for Angels Punks and Raging Queens (White Bear), The Baker's Wife, Lucky Stiff, Here's To The Ladies Who Belt, Birds Of Paradise (Drayton Arms), Grit (Waterloo East and The Pleasance), There's Something We Don't Need To Talk About (Arts Theatre).
Marc is also the resident director of Upstage Productions.

Creative Team

Producers - Marc Kelly and Elizabeth Chadwick for MKEC Productions
Musical Director - Oli Rew
Set Design  - Victoria Francis
Technical Director - Andy Hill
Stage Manager - Helen Burdett


"Great fringe theatre - Upstairs from the pub, very intimate stage allowing the audience to become part of the performance."

December 2015