The House of Edgar (2016)

Debut production for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016

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

This original musical uses folk-styled songs to retell some of Poe’s most famous stories, weaving them into a ghostly new tale. Unpredictable, unusual and unique: The House of Edgar is an exciting and unlikely new blend of gothic horror and musical theatre.

Written by Thomas F. Arnold. Directed by Beth Clarence.


‘Masterpiece’ – Fringe Guru


‘Impressive’ – The Scotsman


‘Unmissable’ – Ed. Fest. Mag.

More Reviews & Press Coverage

★ ★ ★ ★ ★     ‘A knockout piece’ – Ed Fringe Review

★ ★ ★ ★     ‘Dark, romantic and deeply poetic’ – Broadway Baby

★ ★ ★ ★     ‘Really packs a punch’ – Three Weeks

★ ★ ★ ★     ‘Brilliantly original’ – Essential Surrey

Cast, Band & Creative Team

Creative Team

Producers – Jack Dryden & Kelly Bray
Composer, Lyricist, Writer, Musical Director – Thomas F. Arnold
Director – Beth Clarence
Choreographer – Lauren Buchan
Technician – Will Surridge


Rufus Griswold – Eoin McAndrew
The Masque of Red Death – Lucas Bailey
Virginia Clemm – Amy Lotherington
Mr. Price – James Alston
The Madman/The King – Ben Philipp
The Student – David Ballard
The Raven – Emily Lafoy
Annabel Lee – Beth Clarence
The Lover/Hop-Frog – Fergus Church
Trippetta – Alice McGregor


Keys – Thomas F. Arnold
Violin – Kate Smethurst
Guitar – Madeleine Pursglove