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Dublin musical A Man of No Importance to open in Britain

James Franey as Alfie in A Man of No Importance - photographed by Neil Ballinger
James Franey as Alfie in A Man of No Importance – photographed by Neil Ballinger

A MUSICAL version of a film set in 1960s Dublin will open in London later this month.

A Man of No Importance will run at London’s Bridewell Theatre from July 23 to 27

The musical is based on a 1994 film of the same name starring Albert Finney.

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London-based amateur theatre company Sedos are producing the musical, which has been adapted for the stage by playwright Terrence McNally and features music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens.

Directed by Matt Gould, A Man of No Importance tells the story of an amateur Irish theatre group, and reminisces over the community spirit of Irish church amateur dramatics in Dublin in 1964.

James Franey plays Alfie – bus conductor, director of the theatre group and lead role – whose quest to stage Oscar Wilde’s Salome at his church is met with objection.

This chamber musical showcases the way in which societies’ attitudes have changed in the last 50 years, through its songs, story-telling and humour.

It was first performed in New York in 2002 where it received the 2003 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical.

Tickets for the London performances are now on sale and start from £13.50.

 

 

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