Manchester Theatre Showcase

6 Brand New Plays go head to head to win a full production by audience vote! We need YOU to DECIDE WHO WINS!

The Manchester Theatre Showcase is an annual showcase competition event run by New Live Theatre Company. The aim of the showcase is to discover new local theatre talent and to allow our friends and followers input into what we produce next. Each year we pick up one fantastic new play, voted for by our audiences, for our audiences to enjoy.

Manchester Theatre Showcase 2015

The last 3 years our showcase has been PACKED OUT weeks ahead of the showcase! So make sure that you book your tickets early!!


Votes are collected over both nights and the WINNER is announced at the after-party on the final night.


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1Each year we seek out, cast and produce a number of brand new plays by local playwrights. Short extracts from each play are presented to a live audience at the showcase competition event, which takes place over two evenings in Manchester City Centre, and our audience on each night VOTE for their favourite play which they would like to see in a full production. The votes are counted up after the event and the winning play is produced later in the year.

VIP Sell OutThe showcase is completely free to participate in as writer or actor. Many actors have gained agents and job offers via the showcase and we continue to promote participants throughout the remainder of the year in all their endeavours.

The showcase is funded by New Live Theatre Company.

23_vip_rehearsal_shotCREW OPPORTUNITIES – We are seeking and creating opportunities for Theatre Production Assistants and Theatre Photographers! Email for details and to apply!

Next Showcase: TBC Summer 2015

  • Script Submissions for 2015 open Monday 1st June until Monday 13th July. (see submission rules)
  • Open Auditions dates August TBA for 2015.

Manchester Theatre Showcase 2015 – Venue & Dates TBC
Manchester Theatre Showcase 2014 – Great Northern Playhouse, 16-17th October 2014
Manchester Theatre Showcase 2013 – 3MT, 13-14 April 2013
Manchester Theatre Showcase 2012 – The Houldsworth, 26 July 2012


2014: The Beast Within, written by Ben Spencer. Director: Stevie Helps Cast: Kayla Huszar, Iain Rodrick Mundell & Darren Gates [READ MORE]

2013: VIP, written by Thomas Ingham. Director: Clare Barry Cast: Katie Burgess, Hilly Barber & Caroline Warhurst [READ MORE]

2012: Somebody, Somewhere, written by Lee Thompson Director: Chloe Lang Cast: Kimberley Hart-Simpson & Lindsey Chapman




Stevie Helps (from Manchester Hub Drama)
Charlie Mortimer (from Theatre By Numbers)
Christopher Graham (from CTL Productions)

THE BEAST WITHIN #TeamTheBeastWithin
Directed by: Stevie Helps Written by: Ben Spencer
Actors: Iain Rodrick Mundell, Kayla Huszar & Darren Gate.

SALT #TeamSalt
Directed by: Christopher Graham Written by: Kayla Huszar
Actors: Marjorie Kuss, James Copestake & Lauron Stirrup

PHANTOMS #TeamPhantoms
Directed by: Charlie Mortimer Written by: Charles Eades
Actors: Laura Hills-Leigh, David Allen and Paul Brandreth

WHEN IN ROAM #TeamWhenInRoam
Directed by: Stevie Helps Written by: Michelle Calvert
Actors: Emma Tierney & Eva McKenna

FUNNY BUSINESS #TeamFunnyBusiness
Directed by: Christopher Graham Written by: Bill Hollywood
Actors: Meg Royle & Peter Richards

SPOOK MANOR #TeamSpookManor
Directed by: Stevie Helps Written by: Paul Kenney
Actors: Charlie De Santis

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If you are a theatre venue, theatre company, casting director, talent agent, photographer, filmmaker or local business wishing to get involved or attend, please email for further details. If you can help in any way we want to hear from you.

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