The House Of Edgar


Edgar Allan Poe is dead. With his reputation ruined and his legacy crumbling. His work is all that remains. As a rival, Rufus Griswold, seizes Poe’s estate, echoes of the past emerge. Inside these walls, are the stories simply marks on a page or something else entirely?

Based on the life and works of Poe, this critically acclaimed musical uses folk-styled songs to retell some of the author’s most famous stories, weaving them into a ghostly new tale of love, loss and legacy. Unpredictable, unusual and unique: The House of Edgar is a striking and beautiful new blend of gothic horror and musical theatre.


Written by Thomas F. Arnold. Directed by Ben Philipp.


★ ★ ★ ★ ★   “An unmissable experience” – Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

★ ★ ★ ★ ★   “A gothic masterpiece” – Fringe Guru

★ ★ ★ ★   “Enormously impressive” – The Scotsman


More Reviews & Press Coverage


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“A knockout” – Ed Fringe Review

★ ★ ★ ★   “Dark, romantic and deeply poetic” – Broadway Baby

★ ★ ★ ★   “Really packs a punch” – Three Weeks

★ ★ ★ ★   “Brilliantly original” – Essential Surrey

★ ★ ★ ★   “Enthralling and exciting” – Ask The Ushers

Cast & Creative Team


Producer – Jack Dryden
Producer, Composer, Lyricist, Writer, Musical Director – Thomas F. Arnold
Director – Ben Philipp
Movement Director – Tobias Cornwell
Vocal Coach – Beth Chalmers

Rufus Griswold – Eoin McAndrew
The Masque of Red Death – Ashley Gillard
Virginia Clemm – Anna Blackburn
Virginia Clemm (Wimbledon Performances) – Beth Clarence
Mr. Price/Sir Ethelred – James Alston
The Madman/The Raven – Sarah Dean
The Student/Roderick Usher – Andrew Sharpe
Annabel Lee/Madeline Usher – Beth Chalmers
The Lover/The Confidant – Will Beynon

Violin – Kate Smethurst

Set & Costume Design – Arabella Wunderbar
Set & Costume Assistant – Emily Noble
Lighting Design – Sam Hutchings

Videography – Alex Stenhouse
Photography – Jack Dryden & Kate Smethurst