Based on the 1994 film of the same title starring Albert Finney, A Man of No Importance – with a book by Terrence McNally, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty, the same team behind Ragtime – was first seen Off-Broadway in 2002. This new production, which ran at the 80-seat Union Theatre in Southwark in November, marked the musical’s UK and European premiere.
In his off-duty time, poetry-loving Dublin bus conductor Alfie Byrne is as the director of the local community theatre, which operates out of a small parish hall in the neighborhood church. Alfie’s bus passengers are also his performers: amateur thespians that come to see the magic the theatre offers through Alfie’s eyes. Together, they are determined to present a version of Oscar Wilde’s Salome, despite church objections.
The production is directed by Ben De Wynter, choreographed by Phyllida Crowley-Smith and designed by James Turner, with musical direction by Christopher Peake. Also in the cast are: Jamie Honeybourne, AJ O’Neill, Joanna Nevin, Ruth Berkeley, Kimberly Ensor, Emily Juler, Nicola Redman, Niall Sheehy, Daniel Maguire, Patrick Joseph Kelliher, Barra Collins and Adam Davenport.