A Man of No Importance

by Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens and Terrence McNally, 23-27 July 2013

“What we had was something.
What we had was rare.
Poetry and art in the air.
And friends…”

In Dublin in 1964, bus conductor and Oscar Wilde fan Alfie has ambitions to stage Salome, despite the objections of the church hierachy at St Imelda's, where his amateur theatre group is based. When a newcomer to town, Adele, joins his passengers, he realises he has found the right person for the title role and starts to assemble his cast.

Meanwhile Alfie's sister Lily mistakes her brother's interest in Adele as romantic - she longs to have him off her hands so she can be free to marry. Little does Lily realise that Alfie's love "dare not speak its name" and the object of his affections is in fact bus driver Robbie.

As opening night draws near, secrets come spilling out which threaten to shake this little community to its core. But camaraderie and the redeeming power of theatre offer a thread of hope in this story of friendship, forbidden love and finding our place in the world.




Alfie Byrne - James Franey
Lily Byrne - Chloë Faine
Robbie Fay - Rick Woska
Adele Rice - Sarah Shephard
Baldy - Paul Francis
Carney - Paul Cozens
Ernie Lally - Stephen Beeny
Mrs Patrick - Deborah Lean
Miss Crowe - Maggie Robson
Mrs Curtin - Lucy Allenby
Mrs Grace - Charlotte Price
Father Kenny/Inspector Carson - Pete Bryans
Sully O'Hara - Edward Mann
Breton Beret - David Leigh Delport
Rasher Flynn - Andrew Macpherson

Director: Matt Gould
Musical director: Inga Davis-Rutter
Choreographer: Sarah Evans
Producer: Pippa Roome

A Man of No Importance
Book by Terrence McNally
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Based on the movie “A Man of No Importance”
First produced by Lincoln Center Theatre

The Bridewell Theatre
Bride Lane Fleet Street
London, EC4Y 8EQ

23-27 July 2013, Saturday matinée at 2.30pm

Tickets: £16 (concessions £13.50) unless otherwise stated (no booking fee), see below for special performances. Cash only on the door.

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This amateur production is presented by arrangement with JOSEF WEINBERGER LTD on

A Man of No Importance is being performed as part of the Sedos Summer Festival (10-27 July), an exciting three-week summer season featuring an award-winning play based on the infamous Enron scandal, Neil LaBute's provocative series of one-act plays, and a musical about friendship, theatre and forbidden love.

All shows are performed at our resident home, the Bridewell Theatre. For more information on the Sedos Summer Festival, click here.