Mar 7 – 22, 2008

What happens when our deepest secrets are finally revealed? Dublin bus conductor Alfie Byrne is content reading Oscar Wilde poetry to his passengers and staging plays in his local church. But when forced to confront a lifelong secret, Alfie must learn to face his true nature and finally take a stand in the world.

With a powerful story and a stunning score by the team who brought Ragtime to the musical stage, A Man of No Importance celebrates the genius of Oscar Wilde, the boisterous streets of Dublin, and the bumps along the road to self-discovery.

Awards & Recognition

  • 3 Dora Award nominations: Outstanding Musical Production, Outstanding Performance by a Male (Douglas E. Hughes), Outstanding Performance by a Female (Patty Jamieson)



Directed by

Lezlie Wade

Musical Direction by

Reza Jacobs


Douglas E. Hughes, Patty Jamieson, Liz Best, Kyle Blair, Christopher Darroch, Ian Deakin,Susan Henley, Bethany Jillard, Gary Krawford, Megan Powell, Nora Sheehan, Barrie Wood

Set Design

Robin Fisher

Costume Design

Alex Amini

Lighting Design

Gillian Wolpert

Stage Manager

Dot Routledge

Assistant Stage Manager

Mike Scott

Production Manager

Brad Lepp



If you’re tired of musicals based on the back catalogs of pop/rock groups or ones that depend on computer-generated imagery or litres of fake blood to create an effect, then hurry to the Berkeley Street Theatre to see A Man of No Importance, a soul-restoring musical that will renew your faith that people can still tell a deeply moving story simply through beautifully crafted words and music.

— Christopher Hoile, EYE Weekly

Acting Up Stage produces musicals with depth, substance and does them beautifully. The artistic producer is Mitchell Marcus and he assembles the best talent with stellar results.

— Lynn Slotkin, CBC

Acting Up Stage again delivers a first rate production.

— Michael Engelbert, AM 740

A brilliant two-hour musical tour de force…A first rate show.

— David Bateman, Xtra

I’m not generally a musical kind of guy, but I’m not ashamed to admit the musical performances gave me goosebumps on a few occasions.

— Graeme Stewart, BlogTO