Welcome to the website of Chancel Productions

Chancel Productions was set up to promote the work of two men, Michael Chance & Keith Drinkel. Both are well-established actors with over sixty years of experience between them.


Keith Drinkel was born in York and studied Drama at Birmingham University. He then spent two years at the Old Birmingham Rep where his roles included The Dauphin in "St. Joan" and Mosca in "Volpone". From there, he started his television work for Granada as Philip Ashton in "A Family At War". Other television work has included the title role in "The Higgler"; Carter Brandon in two series of "I Didn't Know You Cared" and more recently in "Casualty"; "East Enders"; "Doctors" and "Judge John Deed". His stage work has included seasons at Chichester and with The Actors' Company. Favourite parts have included the title roles in "Volpone" and "Cyrano de Bergerac" (Salisbury); Claudius in "Hamlet" (Ipswich); Iago in "Othello" (Chester) . In London he starred opposite Rula Lenska in "Double Double" at the Fortune Theatre; and opposite Joanne Whalley in "Kate" at the Bush. At Coventry he was Gladys the Cook in "Dick Whittington" and Mrs McDonald in "Jack and the Beanstalk" at Westcliff. Keith has worked extensively on Radio and has been a member of the Radio Drama Company twice. His own adaptation of Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray" as a one man stage performance has played successfully throughout England and at the 2009 Edinburgh Festival. He has played Laurence Olivier in a new play at the Old Red Lion, which he repeated on Radio 4 with Roy Hudd as Max Miller. Last year Keith starred as the eponymous Signalman in a tour of an adaptation of Dickens' famous ghost story. His recent television performances were Bob, Liz Macdonald's dodgy boyfriend in "Coronation Street" and Terry Kinney in "Midsomer Murders." He guest-starred in an episode of "Doctors" which was seen last year.

 

 

 


Michael is a native of Barnsley in Yorkshire & trained as an actor at the Central School of Speech & Drama.

His first professional engagement was as Adams in "South Pacific" at Leicester Haymarket. Favourite roles include a revival of Noel Coward's "Bitter Sweet" at Sadler's Wells, Adam in Tom Stoppard's "Rough Crossing", Geoffrey in "Stepping Out" & Lord Evelyn Oakleigh in the UK Productions tour of "Anything Goes".

Michael was in the original company of the Theatre of Comedy's acclaimed production of "When We Are Married" at the Whitehall Theatre.

He was a regular performer at the world-famous Players' Theatre for over ten years & has a one-man show about the life & music of Jack Buchanan which he recently performed to great acclaim at the Jermyn Street Theatre. He has also worked with the legendary Julie Wilson and Margaret Whiting at the Cabaret Symposium in Connecticut.

Michael has also appeared at the Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House and Lincoln Center in New York playing Ivor Novello in "Love From Ivor" & recorded a number of audio versions of "Doctor Who" for Big Finish Productions with the likes of Colin Baker & Paul McGann.

On television he has been seen in programmes as varied as "Poirot", "Ten Books That Changed The World", Channel 4's "Come Dine With Me" & was last seen in "Eastenders", playing a singing pianist.

The last few years have been busy ones, touring in "The Glee Club" for Hull Truck and a production of "Breaking the Code" in Frankfurt, followed in early 2013 by the European premiere of Jerry Herman's "Dear World", directed by Gillian Lynn. Last year he played the Preacher in a national tour of "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers", followed by the Baker in "Into the Woods" and Reverend Plum in the professional premiere of Howard Goodall and Charles Hart's "The Dreaming".