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Wallace, Balfe and Mr Bunn

A Musical Play in Two Acts


  • Playwright

    Bernard Farrell 

  • Setting

    The action takes place in the present in the Theatre Royal, Waterford. Wallace, Balfe and Bunn, long since dead, join the audience for the evening.

  • Synopsis

    Waterford-born William Vincent Wallace and Dubliner Michael Balfe were among the leading lights of the Victorian opera. Staged on the occasion of the reopening of the Theatre Royal, Farrell's play introduces the forgotten stars to the contemporary stage in the form of a posthumous performance orchestrated by their ambitious producer Mr Alfred Bunn. But will the long-dead musical rivals stick to Bunn's script?

  • Play Type

    Musical Theatre

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    The original performance also featured an orchestera and a large chorus.

Original Production

Original Cast  
William Vincent Wallace Darragh Kelly
Michael Balfe Sean Campion
Sir Julius Benedict Des Manahan
Island Girl/Photographer Shauna Farrell
Mr Bunn Malcolm Adams
Soloist Dominic McGorian
Soloist Orla Colleton
Soloist Caroline Reid O'Brien
Production Team  
Director Ben Barnes
Designer Blaithin Sheerin
Producer Mary Boland
Lighting Designer Nick McCall
Costume Assistant Emily Rose O'Donovan
Musical Director Kevin O'Carroll
Administration Assistant Amy Louise Finnegan
Administration Assistant Clare Smith
Administration Assistant Michael Smullen
Production Co-ordinator John Grubb
Stage Manager Laura Honan
Assistant Stage Manager Jamie Roche
Set Construction Jim Whelan
Scenic Artist Dave Curran
Costume Co-ordinator Caroline Gray
Crew Paul Collins
Crew Liam Rellis
Photography Aaron Jay, Emagine Media
Publicity Lynn Cahill
Props Mary O'Doherty
Print Design Brian Hickey, Emagine Media

Unpublished Scripts

  • Contact

    Rosica Colin Ltd.

  • Address

    1 Clareville Grove Mews
    London SW7 5AH

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7370 1080

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Rosica Colin Ltd.

  • Address

    1 Clareville Grove Mews
    London SW7 5AH

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7370 1080

Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme.