The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Six awkward spelling champions learn that winning (and losing) isn't everything.

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescent children vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller Wins! At least the losers get a juice box.

Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience.

A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius.


Producers: MKEC Productions

Director: Adam Haigh

Musical Director: Kieran Stallard

Technical Manager: Andy Hill

Stage Manager: Helen Leigh Burdett


About the Company: MKEC Productions

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, the UK premiere of Birds of Paradise and When Midnight Strikes.

Company Reviews

★★★★★ "Infectious, fun, uplifting and hilarious, and is sure to be a big hit (that’s H-I-T)." - Love London Love Culture

★★★★★ "Honed and crafted pretty much to perfection - with hugely confident performances all-round, powerful ensemble and individual singing, meticulous direction and choreography - Spelling Bee is a wonderfully entertaining, funny and fab night out." - Act Drop

★★★★ “The cast were superb, with the quality of sound leaving a lasting impression after the show was through.” - Spy in the Stalls

★★★★★ "Not to be missed." - Upper Circle

★★★★★ "A remarkably hilarious show, and the melodies in the musical numbers can soar." - London Theatre 1

★★★★★ "This is a first-rate production." - Trend Fem

★★★★ "It’s a fun way to spend a summer’s evening, and it might be a while before you get a chance to see it with a cast as good." - Musical Theatre Review

"This little gem of a production is a feel-good treat and guaranteed to put a smile on your face; don’t miss it." - Theatre Things

Production Details

    Run Time:
  • Act One: 50 mins
  • Act Two: 50 mins

  • Age Restrictions:
  • 12

  • Tickets:
  • £10.00 Preview
  • £16.00 Standard
  • £12.00 Concession
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  • Tue 29th May 2018 - 7:30 pm
  • Wed 30th May 2018 - 7:30 pm
  • Thu 31st May 2018 - 7:30 pm
  • Fri 1st Jun 2018 - 7:30 pm
  • Sat 2nd Jun 2018 - 7:30 pm
  • Tue 5th Jun 2018 - 7:30 pm
  • Wed 6th Jun 2018 - 7:30 pm
  • Thu 7th Jun 2018 - 7:30 pm
  • Fri 8th Jun 2018 - 7:30 pm
  • Sat 9th Jun 2018 - 7:30 pm
  • Tue 12th Jun 2018 - 7:30 pm
  • Wed 13th Jun 2018 - 7:30 pm
  • Thu 14th Jun 2018 - 7:30 pm
  • Fri 15th Jun 2018 - 7:30 pm
  • Sat 16th Jun 2018 - 7:30 pm
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