The Marlowe Showcase 2023
The Marlowe Showcase is an opportunity for 10 of Cambridge's graduating actors and 7 graduating creatives to create a dynamic piece for an audience of industry professionals, including agencies seeking new clients to represent, and casting directors for upcoming projects. There will be 2 previews in Cambridge leading up to a final closed showcase in London. The Cambridge show will take place at the Howard Theatre in Downing College on the 6th and 7th of November and the London show will take place on Wednesday 22nd November. Along with the experience and exposure of creating the showcase under a professional director, graduates will be equipped with a full kit of reels and head shots from a Spotlight approved photographer and exclusive workshops with industry professionals to help them as they continue to seek careers in the industry. The showcase is a fantastic experience for those who are serious about entering the creative industry once they’ve graduated from Cambridge University. It is open to all who are entering their final year at Cambridge, regardless of past experience and engagement with the theatre scene.
Our Directors this year...
Ben Naylor and Tom McClane
Ben Naylor is a previous Marlowe director who last worked on the 2002 Arts Show, Macbeth, starring notable alumni Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, Beauty and the Beast) and Rebecca Hall (Vicky Cristina Barcelona dir. Woody Allen, Godzilla vs. Kong). He taught the MA Classical Acting course at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (RCSSD) and in 2023, begins his tenure as Dean of the British American Drama Academy (BADA) which boasts notable alumni Orlando Bloom (Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom), Paul Giamatti (Cinderella Man, 12 Years a Slave), Zoe Kazan(The Big Sick, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs), Paul Rudd (Baz Luhrmann's Romeo+Juliet, Ant-Man and the Wasp), and David Schwimmer (FRIENDS, The People v. O.J Simpson). Tom McClane is an actor (credits include Wednesday and Suspension of Disbelief), director, and academic who teaches the MA Acting Course at RCSSD and the MFA Directing course between the Royal Acdemy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and Birkbeck University of London. He trained at the historic institution Drama Centre London, with alumni such as Gemma Chan (The Eternals, Crazy Rich Asians), Emilia Clarke(Game of Thrones, Me Before You), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones, Tim Burton's Wednesday), and Regé-Jean Page (Bridgerton, The Gray Man).
The Marlowe Showcase cast, 2020
The Marlowe Showcase
The Marlowe Showcase is an opportunity for 12-14 graduating actors to perform in front of industry professionals, including agencies and casting directors, under professional direction. The showcase takes place in Cambridge (ADC Theatre or a college theatre) and London, usually in weeks 5-7 of Michaelmas Term.
The showcase is a fantastic experience for those who are serious about entering the creative industry once they’ve graduated from Cambridge University. It is open to all who are entering their final year at Cambridge, regardless of past experience and engagement with the theatre scene.